The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum will be hosting two special evenings
with Dave Shuten and special guests in conjunction with the exhibition
Vinyl Inspiration – from the collection of Dave Shuten
Please join us at the museum
Saturday May 18th an evening with Craig Metros, Rick Dore and Dave Shuten
Sharing their hot rod and racing stories and their influences.
6:00 -8:30 $20.00 per ticket at the door
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.
Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona CA
Free parking at the museum