High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Wallace Gordon ("Wally") Parks (January 23, 1913 September 28, 2007) was instrumental in establishing drag racing as a legitimate amateur and professional motorsport. HE was the Founder, President, and the Chairman of the Board of the National Hot Rod Association, known by the acronym NHRA. PArks was also an accomplished automobile writer and hobbyist, and co-founder and first editor of the magazine Hot Rod in the late 1940s. HE was also instrumental in the founding of Motor Trend magazine in 1948. AS editor of Hot Rod, he began to promote safety in the organization of drag racing, both in the magazine and by organizing "Safety Safaris," the first of which toured the U.S.A. In 1954, teaching drag race organization and safety at tracks around the country. THis was the first concerted effort in getting racers off the streets and into controlled race tracks.