There is nothing so American as the hot rod. Through a unique combination of the American spirit, innovation, invention, risk-taking and the freedom to express oneself; the hot rod was born. Long before the image of the rebel hot-rodder entered our popular culture, the desire to improve the performance and reliability of the automobile drove people to create their own modifications and innovations in garages and shops across the country. By the conclusion of World War II, changes in the American landscape and culture brought hot rods into the reach of many with a passion for speed and style. The American hot rod has influenced fashion, music, design, and the evolution of the automobile around the world. The ingenuity of the hot rodder is at the roots of many of the innovations that impact our lives every day.
I invite you to come, visit, and explore the NHRA Motorsports Museum,