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Local Address: Pomona, California, United States
Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum

Employment History

  • Curator
    Parks Museum
  • Executive Director
    Parks Museum
  • Curator
    Wally Parks NHRA
  • Reunion Director and Curator
    Wally Parks NHRA

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum


  • Ken Gross , A.B.
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Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, 28 Dec 2014 [cached]
Greg Sharp, Curator, 909-622-2735
"We wanted to develop a new ..., 30 July 2014 [cached]
"We wanted to develop a new approach to learning about the history of hot rodding, motorsports and the individuals who influenced American car culture," said Greg Sharp, curator of the 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.
Hop Up Magazine, 9 Jan 2006 [cached]
POMONA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2006) - Greg Sharp knows his dry lakes racing history. Now he's become part of it. Sharp, the curator of the Wally Parks
Fame," said Sharp. "I really respect what they do to preserve the sport and they deserve a lot of credit for maintaining the illustrious history of dry lakes racing."
"The award is befitting of a racing historian like Greg," said Tony Thacker, executive director of the Parks Museum. Sharp's love affair with hot rods and dragsters began when he was a highly curious "car-crazy" 12-year- old who devoured the pocket-sized enthusiast magazines of the 1950s. Absorbing their contents like a sponge, Sharp has become an expert on the history of hot rodding and virtually all forms of motorsports.
Sharp, a former Los Angeles police officer (he spent 28 years on the force), used his storehouse of knowledge to write hundreds of magazine articles, ranging from the history of "America's Most Beautiful Roadster," to
But Sharp didn't just read and write about hot rods - he became a hot rodder himself, participating in all forms of the sport. He has driven street roadsters at the Bonneville Salt Flats, judged custom car shows all over the country, and owns a pristine rod: a '41 Ford pickup. He was also a member of the L.A. Roadster Club for 15 years and has been the emcee and historian for the Oakland Roadster Show since 1989. In 1993 he was elected to the Oakland Roadster Show Hall of Fame.
Rod & Custom once described him as "the rod and custom trivia king," and Sharp's been recognized by the Goodguys Gazette as "one of the most knowledgeable hot rod historians on the planet."
George Barris, ‘King of the Kustomizers,’ Coming to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, 2 Dec 2007 [cached]
According to Greg Sharp, curator of the Parks Museum, "We are currently firming up commitments with Barris Kustom owners from all over the country which promises to make this one of the finest exhibits of classic Barris work ever assembled.
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