NASCAR Hall of Fame Launches Insider Look at the Cars of NASCAR's Stars
Just in time for summer vacation, the NASCAR Hall of Fame has hundreds of new high octane reasons to visit. Beginning June 17, the venue will welcome two new exhibits including “From the Garage: Street Rides of NASCAR Stars” in the Great Hall along with a revamped Heritage Speedway on the fourth floor.
“From the Garage: Street Rides of NASCAR Stars” puts you in the driver’s seat of the hot wheels that the sport’s icons drive every day. For 38 weeks a year, these top contenders in NASCAR’s premier series battle it out in high powered race cars designed and built by top engineers to perform at maximum velocity. While these impressive machines propel drivers to victory, what do these stars choose to drive when they’re not on the track? “From the Garage” explores what some of the sport’s most well-known names have tucked behind their garage doors and what drew them to each of these one-of-a-kind vehicles. The full lineup includes:
- Clint Bowyer: 2007 Harley Davidson Jack Daniels-Themed “Bobber” Motorcycle
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 2001 CS-R Corvette Rolex 24 at Daytona Tribute
- Joey Logano: “Rat Rod” Pickup Truck
- Darrell Waltrip: 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 W30
- Greg Biffle: 2005 Ford GT
- Ray Evernham: 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II Dan Gurney Special
- David Ragan: 1960 Ford Fairlane Mayberry Police Car
- Mike Helton: 2005 London Taxi Company TXII
Meanwhile, the brand new Heritage Speedway will add more than 200 artifacts that walk you through NASCAR’s storied past decade by decade. From dirt and asphalt short tracks to superspeedways across the nation, drivers have showcased their talents over the course of seven eras of motorsports. In this exhibit, guests will find iconic moments illustrated through artifacts that capture the personality of the legends who paved the way for today’s drivers along with unexpected memorabilia and relics that pay homage to the sport’s deep-seated roots. Items range from Bobby Allison’s 1988 uniform that he wore at the Daytona 500 when he beat his son Davey to Dale Earnhardt’s money bag from his spectacular come-from-behind win in 2000 at the Winston 500 in Talladega.
“Both of these exhibits provide new perspectives and continue our promise to regularly update and refresh exhibits as we celebrate our fifth anniversary,” says NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley. “We’re excited to welcome hundreds of new artifacts that give fans unprecedented and exclusive access to the memorable moments and celebrated personalities of NASCAR. I think guests will walk away learning lots of new things they never knew about the sport and their favorite drivers after exploring these two exhibits.”
“From the Garage” will be on display through the end of the year, while Heritage Speedway is a revamp of a permanent exhibit (the first time in five years this area has received all new artifacts). Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling (877) 231-2010 or at nascarhall.com. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5. Memberships are available starting at $125. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more details, visit nascarhall.com. Updates are available at facebook.com/nascarhall or by following @NASCARHall on Twitter.
About the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Conveniently located in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010, and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Productions-operated broadcast studio. The venue is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000-square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. nascarhall.com