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NASCAR Hall of Fame

NASCAR HALL OF FAME
NASCAR HALL OF FAME

If you are new to NASCAR and have only a basic understanding of the sport you must go to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and see some of its historical routes. If you, like me, go way back to the early days then you need to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte; it will be like stepping into Mr. Peabody’s “Way Back Machine“. We recently visited the Hall and found it to pretty much like what we expected and anticipated. The only complaint we had was that we wanted to see more just like it. Don’t get me wrong, there is lots to see and do, we just wanted even more.

There are activities of all kinds throughout the Hall of Fame. You will struggle to see and do them all.
There are activities of all kinds throughout the Hall of Fame. You will struggle to see and do them all.
The Fabulous Hudson Hornet was one of the first Super Stars of NASCAR. I was only 5 or 6 when I remember my dad telling me about how much faster the Hudson was!
The Fabulous Hudson Hornet was one of the first Super Stars of NASCAR. I was only 5 or 6 when I remember my dad telling me about how much faster the Hudson was!

 

On Level One the High Octane Theater, a 64-foot wide projection screen and surround sound gives you an entertaining and educational experience of NASCAR history. As great as this is the Glory Road is the must see attraction on this level. It is a banked ramp leading to the second floor and features 18 historic cars and highlights 43 current and historic tracks. It also mimics the various degrees of banking at some of the most notable tracks. Having visited many tracks and stood on the steep banking of some of them I can tell you it is still amazing to stand at the bottom and look up at the 33-degree incline of Talladega with a car sitting there!

This track simulation has gradually increasing degrees of banking with each section labeled as to which track it represents.
This track simulation has gradually increasing degrees of banking with each section labeled as to which track it represents.

 

Katrina stands on the stairs leading to the Talladega 33-degree banking.
Katrina stands on the stairs leading to the Talladega 33-degree banking.

Level 2 is the Great Hall which features a large greeting area and rotating exhibits throughout the year. During our visit it was Rockin & Racin with the Marty Robins restored race car from Nashville being by far our favorite.

This is the Marty Robbins race car as it raced in Nashville. If you don't know who Marty is or is racing history in NASCAR you are missing some wonderful history.
This is the Marty Robbins race car as it raced in Nashville. If you don’t know who Marty is or is racing history in NASCAR you are missing some wonderful history.

Level 3 houses the Hall of Honor which is the pinnacle of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It is where the inductees are enshrined, celebrated and honored. An active exhibit here is Race Week which gives you an up close look at the behind-the-scenes preparation necessary by each race team every week.

The very first Super Star I followed in NASCAR was Fireball Roberts. I still think this Smokey Yunick Fireball car is one of the most beautiful to ever race.
The very first Super Star I followed in NASCAR was Fireball Roberts. I still think this Smokey Yunick Fireball car is one of the most beautiful to ever race.

Level 4 contains the Heritage Speedway exhibit. This area has a lot of small historical items and was extremely interesting. You may be tempted to speed through the area but slow down and read the descriptive signs.

The smaller exhibits enclosed in the glass cases are as interesting as some of the race cars.
The smaller exhibits enclosed in the glass cases are as interesting as some of the race cars.

Throughout the Hall of Fame there are numerous opportunities for you to get hands on and try different tasks such as execute pit stop or drive a race simulator or more videos to watch. There is something for all ages and levels of NASCAR knowledge.

Here are some actual Pit Boards from back in the day. Check out those historical names.
Here are some actual Pit Boards from back in the day. Check out those historical names.

As for the Talladega and Spoiler II race car and driver fans keep your eyes open and you will see reminders of our aero cars and their drivers spread throughout the Hall.

Glen or is it Glenn? It shows up both ways over the years. He began the Wood Brothers symbol of the #21.
Glen or is it Glenn? It shows up both ways over the years. He began the Wood Brothers symbol of the #21.
Cale Yarboroug's #21 Spoiler II door.
Cale Yarboroug’s #21 Spoiler II door.
There is no sound and no drivers behind the steering wheels but you really get the feel of the track and the closeness of the cars.
There is no sound and no drivers behind the steering wheels but you really get the feel of the track and the closeness of the cars.

 

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Trunk lid from Dan Gurney #121. Dan only raced in NASCAR at Riverside raceway but I believe he was undefeated in Ford cars at that track.

 

NASCAR HALL OF FAME
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Richard

Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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