The Petersen Automotive Museum will celebrate the opening of its exciting new exhibit, NHRA: Sixty Years of Thunder, by paying tribute to one of the sport’s most iconic figures, Don “the Snake” Prudhomme, during its annual Tribute Night, Wednesday, Nov. 10.
The day will begin with the 2 p.m. panel discussion Match Race Madness, featuring drag racing’s greatest rivalry. Prudhomme will join the floor with archrival Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen to tell the tales of their days of traveling the United States from racetrack to racetrack, their much-publicized grudge matches, the business partnership they formed called Wildlife Racing, and their pioneering work in nonautomotive sponsorship with Mattel’s Hot Wheels.
At 5:30 p.m., An Evening With Don “the Snake” Prudhomme will begin. A cocktail hour with Prudhomme, McEwen, and many other honored guests such as Roland Leong, Tommy Ivo, and Carroll Shelby will be followed by a fabulous dinner buffet. Special guest Dave McClelland, longtime NHRA announcer and friend of Prudhomme, will be the master of ceremonies. The evening will continue with a short film featuring "the Snake’s" history, and several other drag racing icons will share their stories of the legend. A live auction of amazing racing memorabilia will follow with proceeds going to the Petersen’s educational programs.
Guests will also be the first to see the Petersen Automotive Museum’s newest exhibit, NHRA: Sixty Years of Thunder. This exciting exhibit will cover the history of the National Hot Rod Association, from its early creation as a way to get street racing off of the public highways and on to sanctioned dragstrips through six decades of nitro, tire smoke, and thunder. Guests will have an experience rich with historic photography, exciting videos, interactive displays, and, of course, race cars with a combined 50,000 horsepower. This exhibit opens at the gala and runs through May 29, 2011.
Tickets for An Evening With Don “The Snake” Prudhomme are $125 each. Tickets for the Match Race Madness panel discussion are $50 each. A combined ticket for both events is $150, a $25 savings. Special pricing is available for certain levels of Petersen Automotive Museum membership. For more information, call 323-964-6325, or to buy tickets online, log on to www.petersen.org. Event proceeds support the Petersen Automotive Museum’s educational and cultural mission.