Greg Sharp, curator of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California, was honored at the 2010 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Gainesville, Florida, on March 11. He was presented with the Special Founder’s Award for his contribution to preserving and maintaining motorsports history.
“Big Daddy” Don Garlits personally called Sharp to give him the good news, according to the Museum.
“I was speechless, I’ll never forget it,” said Sharp. “I’m so honored to be included with a stellar group of individuals.”
Sharp has been revered by many motorsports journalists and researchers as the walking encyclopedia of nostalgia drag racing, hot rodding and all motorsports.
“Everyone at the Museum is extremely proud of Greg. He is truly deserving of this special recognition. We applaud the induction of our industry’s most knowledgeable people,” said Museum Director Tony Thacker.
After retiring from the Los Angeles Police Department in 1995, Sharp took on a new chapter in his life as the NHRA Director of Historical Services. He worked closely with Wally Parks, Steve Gibbs and the late Bob Daniels to open the first NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, CA, in April, 1998. Today, Sharp works as the Museum’s Curator.
“The best part of my job is being good friends with my heroes,” said Sharp.
In 2006, he was inducted into the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame as Historian of the Year. For over 10 year, he was an ISCA Official and Judging Supervisor, and helped select America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at Oakland. In 1993, Greg was inducted into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame. He is credited with coining the term “Cacklefest,” a major component of the Museum’s two popular events, the California Hot Rod Reunion and National Hot Rod Reunion.