The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum of Pomona, California, has named Alex Xydias, So-Cal Speed Shop founder and industry icon, as the museum’s chairman of the board. He previously served as a board member since the museum opened in 1998.
“We are very excited and pleased to announce Alex’s appointment as our Chairman,” said Tony Thacker, the museum’s executive director. “His knowledge, expertise and history with the Museum will be a great asset to our organization and we’re certain Wally would be proud.”
“It’s a great honor to be elected as chairman,” said Xydias. “My longtime dear friend Wally Parks had tremendous vision and passion for the sport. As chairman, together with the other board members, I’ll strive to continue Wally’s legacy to develop a museum that is vital to the motorsports community.”
In 1946, Xydias opened the So-Cal Speed Shop, the first hot rod parts store in Burbank, California, and established the So-Cal Speed Shop Racing Team, which would go on to receive many accolades. The team was responsible for The So-Cal Special Streamliner, one of the first hot rods to go over 200 mph.
In 2008, Xydias was honored with the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show in Indianapolis for his many contributions to the hot rod industry.
According to a press release from the museum, Xydias and board members Thomas K. McKernan, Dave McClelland, Peter Clifford, Gary Darcy, Wayne McMurtry and Steve Gibbs will oversee all museum activities including the planning and growth of museum exhibits, fundraising and the popular NHRA Hot Rod Reunions. They will guide, support and advocate for the mission and vision of NHRA Motorsports Museum.
For more information on the museum go to www.museum.nhra.com.