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PhotographÂ was edited for publication purposes In 1951, Sergeant Bud Coons and Pomona Police Chief Ralph Parker, in cooperation with local hot rodders, addressed the nuisance and dangers of illegal racing on public streets by leasing the parking lot of the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds to provide a safer and more controlled environment for drag racing. The result became the Pomona Raceway, also currently known as the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona and formerly known by it's nickname, 'The Fairplex.' The raceway became host to the first ever NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) event, the 1953 Southern California Championships, and the first NHRA Winternationals, in 1961. Featuring a quarter-mile dragstrip and a seating capacity of 40,000, the Pomona Raceway is currently host to both the NHRA Winternationals and NHRA Finals, both held annually. Photograph caption dated September 9, 1954 reads, "John Moxley, who heads Pomona Valley Timing Association, sponsor of Pomona's drag races, looks over day's performances at recent meet. At left is Clayton McArthur."; See images #00140176 through #00140179 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
00140176 ValleyÂ Times Collection HCNVT_d048_f13_i20 CARL0005708626 http://18.104.22.168/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/69337
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