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If he were still alive, Wally Parks would have celebrated his centennial birthday this January 23. Motorsports in America owes much of its popularity to Parks, a journalist and longtime Ford hot-rodder and racer, who founded the National Hot Rod Association, still the largest racing organization on the globe, and was an editing founder of Motor Trend.

Parks worked with law enforcement agencies to sanction his work in order to make motorsports a legal, safe activity that could be enjoyed by young and old alike. In addition to his role at Motor Trend, Parks oversaw Hot Rod magazine for many years.


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