The NHRA Wally Parks Museum is known for its incredible collection of hot rod artifacts that tell the story of the history of our hobby. A visit to the facility on the grounds of the Fairplex in Pomona gives visitors a look at hot rodding's roots and the men and women who pioneered what has become a passion for so many of us.

On display in the museum are vehicles and memorabilia that show what things were like in the early days, when hot rodding was in its infancy and drag racing was born. The NHRA Wally Parks Museum is more than just a shrine to our past. Each year the museum organizes two events that showcase the cars and the activities that helped shape the hobby. In June at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and in October at Fomoso Raceway near Bakersfield, California, the Hot Rod Reunion events feature vintage drag racing and attract race cars and hot rods from those early years.

In June, the Vintage Air Road Tour traveled again to the Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which was, once again, a fantastic event. We'd already made plans to attend this year's California Hot Rod Reunion in October. Our starting point for the NHRA Museum Road Tour was to be the Pacific Northwest. Always a hot bed of hot rod activity, this marks the first time that we have been in the Pacific Northwest since our "come along for the ride" program was instituted four years ago.

The Seattle area is home to Morrison Enterprises, located in the suburb of Fife. The folks at Morrison fabricated the chassis and front suspension on the '52 Chevy hardtop, and after 22,000 miles of smooth travels the Morrison chassis still makes each and every day on the tours very comfortable. Morrison Enterprises was the perfect place to begin the NHRA Museum Road Tour to the California Hot Rod Reunion.

Waiting for us at Morrison Enterprises on Saturday evening were owners Art and son Craig Morrison and their crew of craftsmen. Burgers and hot dogs were already on the grill, and we were given a tour of the facilities. It was interesting to see the wide range of chassis applications that are available from Morrison Enterprises and the engineering and craftsmanship that go into each product. The Road Tour participants had plenty of questions for Art, Craig, and the crew and it was an educational evening at Morrison Enterprises. Craig's talents extend to the barbecue grill and the great food was appreciated by everyone in attendance.

Sunday morning we decided to make a stop at the LeMay Auto Museum in nearby Tacoma, Washington. Harold LeMay's love affair began at an early age. He began collecting all things automotive about the same time that he began his refuse and waste services business when he returned form World War II. His auto collection grew as rapidly as his business and his success helped him continue to build his collection of autos and auto-related items. It is an understatement to say that Harold LeMay had a collection of vehicles. At the time of his passing some years ago he had accumulated 3,500 vehicles of all makes and models from every era of automotive history. His family has continued LeMay's dream and with the help of dedicated volunteers many of the vehicles from LeMay's collection are on display in Tacoma. Plans are in the works to break ground this year for what is projected to be the largest auto museum in the world and LeMay's collection will be the centerpiece of America's Auto Museum in Tacoma.