Thunder Alley at the L.A. County Fair will help Fairguests reminiscence about nights spent cruising down the main drag with Car Club Cruises, a Corvette Birthday Bash and exhibits at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. The Fair is scheduled for Sept. 12-28.
As part of Fair After Dark, the finest street rods from car clubs throughout Southern California will be cruising the Fair during the Community Days Parades, weeknights at 5:30 p.m. After the parade, the classic cars will be parked on Thunder Alley until the end of the Fair that night. At The Garage, a rockin’ DJ and occasionally a live band will be playing groovy hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s while Fairguests check out the vintage street rods and dance the night away.
Thunder Alley, located between Fairplex 4 and the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, will also be home to Dupont “Get Real Behind the Wheel” on Sept. 20 and 21. The national auto safety tour will hand out pamphlets, offer safety tips, perform demonstrations and have crew on hand to answer questions. They will also display the Jeff Gordon No. 24 race car and have the “Get Real Behind the Wheel” driving simulation vehicle, which recreates the dangers and obstacles a driver might incur.
On Saturday, Sept. 13, Fairguests will be treated to the Corvette Birthday Bash in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Corvette. A parade celebrating the classic car will start at Gate 12 and travel across Broadway, the main thoroughfare of the L.A. County Fair, to Thunder Alley. The parade will start with a 1953 Corvette that was the 16th Corvette ever built, making it one of the five oldest Corvettes still around. The parade will proceed with one Corvette for each year and music from each decade will play as the cars travel down Broadway. When the cars get to
Thunder Alley, they will park and be displayed until the Fair closes that night. A dance band will play in The Garage so Fairguests can boogie while they take a look at the displayed Corvettes.
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is also located on Thunder Alley. The 28,000-square-foot museum celebrates its fifth anniversary this year and features vintage and historical racing vehicles. Also on display is an impressive array of photographs, trophies, helmets, driving uniforms, artifacts, paintings and other memorabilia celebrating more than 50 years of auto racing history. Admission to the museum will cost $1 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Child Development Center at Fairplex.
For more information about Thunder Alley or the L.A. County Fair, visit the Fair Web site at www.lacountyfair.com or call (909) 623-3111.