An Evening with Design Legends at the NHRA Motorsports Museum. Rick Dore, Craig Metros, and Dave Shuten Saturday May 18th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $20.00 per ticket at the door. Refreshments will be served.

The NHRA Motorsports Museum presents an evening with automotive design legends Rick Dore, Craig Metros, and Dave Shuten on Saturday May 18th. In conjunction with the “Vinyl Inspiration” exhibition, this panel discussion will explore the influences of American hot rodding on technology, music, pop culture, and design.

Rick Dore is an American custom car builder, prominent in the field since the 1990s. He operates Rick Dore Kustoms in California. Rick’s focus is American roadsters from the 1930s through 1960s. Rick emerged as one of the top car builders by marrying the simplicity of elegant lines with raw urban attitude. Recognized initially for cars like the Voodoo Priest, Skyscraper and Tangerine Dream; Rick moved on to create stunning, one-of-a-kind vehicles including Black pearl and the Aquarius. Influenced by the beauty of French flowing elegance touched with a bit of a sinister attitude, Rick’s cars draw you into a dream world of hotrod splendor and sleek sophistication.

Craig Metros is Ford’s Exterior Design Director for the Americas, overseeing the exterior design teams developing new vehicles in North and South America. Since he was ten years old, Craig Metros has dreamed of creating fast, sleek, attention-grabbing vehicles that leave you uttering, “Wow!” Today, he’s doing just that. Metros has been with Ford since graduating in 1986 from the transportation design program at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Craig has also worked in Ford Design Studios around the world including joint-venture projects with Jaguar in the UK, Mazda in Japan, and Volkswagen in Germany. His work on the Ford GT resulted in an incredible blend of technology and sophistication inspired by the timeless design of the car that served as its inspiration. Recognized for the work he’s doing outside of his Ford studio, Craig’s passion is art. “I’ve made art my whole life,” said Metros. “My art has evolved. After graduating from CCS, I started painting race cars and sports cars using water colors and then acrylics on canvas.” More recently, Craig has focused on mixed media pieces. “In the auto industry, we work to very precise tolerances and adhere to structured processes. My art is very fluid with not too many constraints. It’s a nice contrast to my day job.”

In addition to his collection of vintage LPs which are featured in the ‘Vinyl Inspiration’ exhibit, Dave Shuten’s contributions to the hot rod culture are many. Dave has restored and recreated several iconic cars and is the head of the Galpin Speed Shop in the San Fernando Valley. Shuten does a masterful job blending his knowledge of history and research on each of the cars in his care, doing only complete builds, most of them for high end and celebrity customers.

Proceeds benefit the NHRA Motorsports Museum’s ongoing programs and events. The NHRA Motorsports Museum is a 501c (3) non-profit institution. The Museum’s mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on American culture.

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California is located at:

1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona CA Free parking at the museum For additional information regarding these or other events visitwww.NHRAMuseum.org or call (909) 622-2133. For member information or, to make a gift of support to the museum, please contact Andrea Harris, Enthusiast Relations Manager at (909) 622-2575 or, aharris@nhramuseum.com