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Phone: (909) ***-****  
Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
1101 W. McKinley Ave. Bldg. 3A
Pomona , California 91768
United States


Employment History

  • Director of Historical Services
    Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
  • Curator
    Parks Museum
  • Executive Director
    Parks Museum
  • Reunion Director and Curator
    Wally Parks NHRA
  • Curator
    Wally Parks NHRA

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ken Gross , A.B.
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Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, 6 Sept 2015 [cached]
Greg Sharp, Curator, 909-622-2735
Greg Sharp, the curator of ..., 21 Jan 2015 [cached]
Greg Sharp, the curator of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, Calif. is a highly respected drag racing historian and serves on the International Hall of Fame selection committee. He was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 2010, honored for his efforts in developing and managing the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, and his knowledge of the sport and the hot rodding scene.
The selection committee consists of: Steve Gibbs (Retired Vice President, NHRA), Harry Hibler (President, Zircon Corporation), Ted Jones (Masters Entertainment, Retired President, IHRA) and Greg Sharp (Curator, Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum).
Greg Sharp 1929 Roadster Pickup - Milestones - Street Rodder Magazine, 31 Aug 2006 [cached]
Noted automotive author and historian Greg Sharp takes a time out for a quick drive in his roadster pickup.Sharp was a member of the Early Times, and later the L.A. Roadsters, and today he's director of the NHRA Motorsport Museum.Above all else, though, Sharp is a car guy who loves hot rods.
I'm not sure who the main subject is for this month's Milestones, man or machine.The machine, of course, is this sparkling black '29 roadster pickup.The man happens to be the owner, Greg Sharp.If the name is familiar to you, chances are you've read your share of car magazines during the past few decades, because Sharp has penned more than just a handful of stories for many titles.In fact, he got his journalistic start in this very magazine--STREET RODDER.Another in fact: his by-line appeared for the very first time in SRM the same exact issue that I made my editorial debut on the street rod scene.
Like most of us, though, Sharp may have changed over the years, but his Model A roadster pickup remains pretty much the same today as when he bought it in 1969.
By the way, the pickup cab and bed were pirated from the late Dick Mendonca's spare parts bin, or as Sharp relates today, "My car was Dick's parts car."Well, yes and no.
Sharp subsequently replaced that combo with a single four-barrel; "One of my biggest regrets," he says today.
But Sharp says the real beauty in the truck is in the detail."Dave handmade all sorts of brackets for the car," reports Sharp, "and the work is flawless."
One hot rod enthusiast who aspired for L.A. Roadsters membership was Greg Sharp.As a young man in his early 20s, Sharp had just embarked on what would be a 28-year career with the Los Angeles Police Department, but he couldn't contain his dark side during off-duty hours.He was a diehard gearhead who earned his cranial cogs as a youngster growing up in the coastal community of San Pedro.Hot rods were his passion.
"I used to draw pictures of hot rods and race cars in school," confesses Sharp today."My first love was customs."His first fling was a '56 Buick Special that he customized."It was purple with a white top, nosed and decked, lowered, chromed engine, the works," said Sharp.
But in this case the first love wasn't the last, and Sharp developed a fondness for practically any car that could capably convert gasoline to horsepower and noise.Enter Marasco's '29 roadster pickup in 1969.
1929 Ford Model A sideYou'd never know that the body and splash aprons' black lacquer paint is nearly 40 years old!The hood, fenders, tailgate, and grille shell were repainted in 1979.
"I'd been wanting one (roadster pickup) for a long time," reports Sharp, and while attending the annual Roadster Roundup in Visalia in 1969 he learned that the Marasco truck was for sale.So he ventured to Salinas, California, where the Model A was stored, for a peek-see.It was love at first sight, and officer Sharp put the cuffs on the roadster and booked on home with it.
Sharp says that the truck has undergone a few changes during the past 30 years, but for the most part what you see today resembles what he drove home in '69."It had unpolished American five-spokes and no hood," he points out, two things that he changed within the first two years of ownership."I (always) loved Buick wires (Skylark wheels), so the first thing I did was put them on it," Sharp pointed out.The wheels haven't been changed since, although the A-bone pickup has undergone a few tire upgrades during the past three decades.
Sharp also added the hood, custom-made by ace bodyman Jack Hagemann.
That was in 1971, but only after Martinez stitched in new Beefeater Oxblood Red upholstery--wider pleats with a single row of buttons to replace the original tuck 'n' roll that Marasco had sewn in--and Sharp made his debut at the fabled Grand National Roadster Show in Oakland.
"That had been a long-time dream of mine, to have a car in the Roadster Show," says Sharp.As he relates the story, the saga was not without drama.The year was 1971 and, only a day before Sharp and his sharp roadster were to leave for the Bay Area show, Los Angeles experienced the major earthquake that became known as the Sylmar Quake, named after the town that sat atop the quake's 7.0 epicenter.The LAPD needed all hands on duty, so Motor Officer Sharp spent the next 22-1/2 hours on the emergency/security team.By midnight the following evening he was sent home where he took a two-hour nap before heading north with his roadster.He rolled into Andy Brizio's shop in South San Francisco, red-eyed and dog-tired.Time was running out, so several of the Brizio bunch helped prep the car while Sharp regained his second wind.
Of course, the new hood had to be dressed to match the rest of the truck, so Sharp gave it a fresh coat of black lacquer.
As a fledging member of the L.A. Roadsters, Sharp jumped feet first into the club's activities.Among his duties was that of events chairman, which included direct hands-on involvement with the annual Father's Day Show, at the time a single-day event at the Great Western Exposition Center in Los Angeles.When Sharp penned the introduction for the show's 1971 program, a couple of rather landmark magazine editors were impressed with the language and syntax contained in Sharp's editorial.
Sharp's first magazine contribution appeared as SRM's June 1972 guest editorial, You Said It!, in which he promoted the forthcoming Father's Day Roadster Show that, coincidentally, was sponsored by STREET RODDER.Like I said earlier, things change, but they remain the same, and this year SRM was a major sponsor for the Father's Day Show.Although you can read about the 2000 coverage elsewhere in this issue, it's worth noting that Sharp wrapped up his editorial in '72 with these words: "There'll be well over a hundred of 'em (roadsters--Ed) and while you're picking your favorite you'll hopefully get a suntan, too."
It still is powered by the same Chevy 265 small-block--it's an early edition, with no oil filter!--that Marasco squeezed between the rails so long ago; the aluminum Powerglide automatic transbox is the same slip-and-slide unit that Marasco selected back in the '60s; and Sharp hasn't found cause to replace the '50 Mercury rearend, either.
As you might guess, the Chevy V-8 has been rebuilt, resulting in a .060-inch overbore, new hydraulic 350 cam that replaced the Duntov stick, and gone is the tri-power in favor of a single four-barrel ("My biggest regret," confesses Sharp).
Moreover, the roadster has proven to be as dependable as a Wells Fargo stagecoach."In 30 years it's never left me stranded," boasts Sharp proudly.That includes countless visits to the annual Father's Day bashes--Sharp remained an active member for about 15 years--and he returned to the Grand National Roadster Show with his black box to help celebrate the fiftieth anniversary in 1999."That was something special," adds Sharp, who has become somewhat of a hot rod historian.
Indeed, Sharp's passion for the hobby, coupled with an unsurpassed knowledge of its past (his memory for recalling old hot rodders' names and cars could challenge an IBM computer) has landed him the enviable job as the director for the NHRA Motorsport Museum in Pomona, California.There he reports every day to oversee one of the most coveted collections of hot rods and old race cars in the world.And among the old classics sits his Model A roadster pickup, ready to roll at a moment's notice.
NHRA Museum Curator Greg ..., 1 Feb 2011 [cached]
NHRA Museum Curator Greg Sharp Honored by International Drag Racing Hall of Fame
Greg Sharp 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.
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.
For more information on the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, visit For more information on the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, go to
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About AHRF | American Hot Rod FoundationAmerican Hot Rod Foundation, 23 Aug 2015 [cached]
Greg Sharp, as described recently by Dain Gingerelli in Street Rodder's article entitled "Greg Sharp's '29 Roadster Pickup Withstanding the test of time- Time and Again", "has penned more than just a handful of stories...on the rodding scene- in fact, Greg got his journalistic start in Street Rodder.
Greg Sharp, as described recently by Dain Gingerelli in Street Rodder's article entitled "Greg Sharp's '29 Roadster Pickup Withstanding the test of time- Time and Again", "has penned more than just a handful of stories...on the rodding scene- in fact, Greg got his journalistic start in Street Rodder.
This "unsurpassed" knowledge held by Greg serves him well today in his grand stewardship of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California. As described in its mission statement, The Museum "celebrates the import of motorsports of our culture" and exists to "collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret the vehicles, stories and artifacts that represent our affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms."
In his present position as the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's esteemed Director, Greg "oversees one of the most coveted collections of hot rods and old race cars in the world. Understandably, today Greg probably would rather not be in any other place in the hot rod world.
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