Tom Carley has been listening to his grandmother's stories about her hot rodding brothers all his life. After his grandmother's recent death, he received a pretty cool surprise he knew R&C readers would appreciate, and he sent us this e-mail:

"My name is Tommy Carley. I am 31 and live in Orlando, Florida. Recently, my lovely grandmother passed away. I had always heard stories about her brothers in Canada who had tinkered with boats and cars to make them go fast. I had never been in possession of any evidence of this, until now. I received a box of pictures that were in my grandmother's house. Among the celluloid treasures, I found these photos of my great-uncle Bert (the one seen cranking the car in the first photo) and a car he built. I believe it to be a T frame and stock four-banger, but the body was custom built from wooden orange crates. Note the Auburn-like boat tail. I just thought you might get as big of a kick out of these photos as I did."

Mail your vintage photos of you and your hot rod, along with a brief story, to Tim Bernsau, Rod & Custom, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870, or e-mail them (3x5 inches at 300 dpi) to timothy.bernsau@primedia.com. We are unable to return any submitted material.

New Attractions At The Nhra MuseumThe Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California, has announced three new exhibits that any enthusiast will want to see.

Faster: 1960s Photographs of Pomona Drag RacingA display of vintage photos from the pages of National Dragster; continues until January 15.

California Custom CarsCelebrating the Golden State's best customs, including Watson's '58 T-bird, Jack Calori's historic '36 coupe, and Frankenstude; open until October 9.

50 Years of American Racing WheelsA tribute to the wheel company that has had an important role in hot rod history, features race cars, artifacts, and memorabilia; will run through January 28.

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. For details regarding exhibits, hours, admission, or other information, visit www.museum.nhra.com.