NHRA Motorsports Museum Opens New Neon Roadside Sign Exhibit

May 2, 2012

A new exhibit opened May 2 at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California, paying tribute to the history of neon signs along American highways.

The museum collaborated with the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) on the exhibit to create the tribute to automotive-related neon and its illuminating presence across American highways.

The new exhibit, called “Neon and the American Road,” will be located in the museum’s Hall of Champions. Live neon demonstrations will be conducted during the museum’s Prolong Twilight Cruises, held the first Wednesday of the month.

“This new exhibit in partnership with MONA will be enlightening for visitors of all ages,” Museum Executive Director Tony Thacker said in a press release. “To be able to educate visitors on the unique connection between the American road, neon and the automobile is going to be a treat.”

The exhibit will feature auto-related neon signs from MONA’s permanent collection and from other private neon collectors.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the neon Pep Boys sign, an animated porcelain enamel United Motors gas station sign, the OK Chevrolet used car sign and a Lincoln Zephyr window sign, among others.

“Neon fascinates people of all ages because of its brilliant colors and its appearance of being ‘alive’ when viewed close-up,” said MONA Director Kim Koga in a press release. “The exhibit is a great new addition to the Museum and will relate to the golden era of neon and American highways, roads and streets.”

A neon fabricating workshop will be built as part of the exhibit display to provide ongoing demonstrations on sign restoration.

For more information on the new exhibit, click here.