The final Twilight Cruise Night of 2006 -- Wed., Dec. 6 -- is shaping up to be the premier event of the season at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. Auto lovers will unite to view a special car unveiling, see hundreds of classic hot rods, mingle with friends and share some holiday spirit by donating toys to a worthy cause. The event is free and runs from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Fairplex in Pomona.
"The December cruise night is a personal favorite because we are able to gather truckloads of toys to give to children and help make their holidays a little brighter," said Tony Thacker, executive director of the Museum. "All of the toys will be donated to the Inter-City Volunteers, a non-profit charity group that will disperse the gifts to hundreds of needy families in the Inland Valley."
Along with the toy drive this year, guests are in for a thrill when the latest 'Wrecks to Riches' project car by TV star Barry White, a 1957 Chevy Gasser nicknamed "The Exterminator," will be unveiled and sold. A silent auction will be held from 7-9 p.m. for invited guests. Twilight Cruise Night attendees are invited to watch.
As always, the Museum's front and back parking lots will fill with hundreds of 1970 and earlier classic cars. Celebrity judges will scour the ranks to find five of the best vintage vehicles worthy of a special prize - a victory lap at Pomona Raceway during the CarQuest Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 8-11, 2007.
Two current exhibits are on display at the museum as well: "Faster: 1960s Photographs of Pomona Drag Racing," presented by the Auto Club; and "50 Years of American Racing Wheels."
December 6th will conclude the seventh year of the museum's Twilight Cruise Night program. Each month, from April through December, the event is hosted by the Cal Rods car club and attracts nearly 2,000 people to participate in raffles, prizes giveaways and a huge 50/50 drawing.