Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

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Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame is Georgia’s Official Racing Museum, located in the heart of racing country, Dawsonville, Georgia.

Immerse yourself in the thrilling journey of motorsports through the ages with displays of vast arrays of remarkable artifacts and exhibits. The collection boasts an impressive replica of Red Byron’s legendary 1948 car, which serves as a powerful reminder of the sport’s humble beginnings and the indomitable spirit of its pioneers.

As you explore further, you’ll witness the evolution of the race suit, a testament to the constant drive for safety and performance. Marvel at the HANS device, a revolutionary breakthrough that has played a crucial role in protecting drivers from injury. Take a closer look at the evolution of tires, an often-overlooked but vital component of the racing world.

One of the highlights of the museum is the extraordinary showcase of Gober Sosebee’s Daytona 500-winning Ford, a testament to the triumphs and achievements of local racing heroes. Additionally, you can dive into the fascinating Chase Elliott exhibit, which celebrates the remarkable career of this racing prodigy and his legendary father, Bill Elliott.

415 GA-53
Dawsonville, GA 30534
P: 706-216-7223

Email: info@georgiaracinghof.com

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Admission:

Adults* – $15
Seniors* & Military – $10
Youth* – $5
Children under 6 – FREE

*Seniors: Ages 55 and older, Youth: Ages 7 through 14, Adults: Ages 15 through 54
*Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Plan: 1hr

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Hours:

Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 1 am – 5 pm

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Memory Lane Museum

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Memory Lane Museum

If you cherish automobiles, racing, or history, this museum has something for you!!

Featuring over 150 vehicles on display, this unique museum is a fabulous collection of automobiles and related items. Memory Lane was honored as the “Best of 2003” by the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) for “outstanding achievement in the preservation of automotive history”.  Over 15 different types of race cars are on display from Soap derbies, and drag cars, to Winston Cup Stock and NASCAR cars.  Visit the display of wrecked race cars displaying the safety features as they have developed over the years. In addition to cars, the museum boasts a large collection of pedal cars, antique toys, motorcycles, tractors, antique clothing, memorabilia, trophies, and so much more!

Memory Lane traces the history of the automobile from 1901 to the present day and the history of racing from the early moonshine era to the super speedways of today.  View the development of the car from the horse and buggy, over 20 Model T’s and Model A’s, classic hot rods and roadsters, through present-day NASCAR speedsters that top 200 mph on the track.  An antique toy store displays hundreds of original nostalgic toys, while displays such as service stations and garages depict the eras surrounding the vehicles.

See cars once driven by NASCAR stars, past, and present, including Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Terry Labonte, Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Lee Petty, Bill Elliot, A.J. Foyt, Harry Gant, Junior Johnson, Ralph Earnhardt, Tim Flock, Alan Kulwicki, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, and many more! According to Donald Farr, editor of Super Ford Magazine, “Memory Lane Museum has the largest private collection of retired NASCAR and vintage race cars on display in existence.”

Many cars and props were used in movies and commercials including Days of Thunder (featuring Tom Cruise), The Color Purple (featuring Oprah Winfrey), Leatherheads (2008 movie featuring George Clooney), Wildflower (featuring Reese Witherspoon), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (featuring Will Ferrell), 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story, IMAX NASCAR 3D, Winter People, Shake Rattle and Roll,  Steel Chariots, ESPN documentaries, SPEED channel, FORD Race of the Century Commercials, Subway commercials, Sundrop, and many more commercials, documentaries, movies, and TV appearances.  The museum also has served as the backdrop for TV interviews.

The large souvenir shop displays many rare, one-of-a-kind items available for sale.  Racing Memorabilia, Nostalgic Signs and décor, Petal cars, shirts, die casts, jewelry, Race City USA merchandise, and much more are available!

769 River Hwy
Mooresville, NC 28117
P:
704-662-3673
Email: info@memorylanemuseum.com

Memory Lane Museum:

Adults $12
7-12yr $6
Plan: 1hr

Memory Lane Hours:

Thursday & Friday 10 – 4:30 pm

*Group visits on other days by advanced appointment.

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Wood Brothers Racing Museum

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Wood Brothers Racing Museum

The Wood Brothers Racing story began over 70 years ago when family patriarch Glen Wood decided to try racing. Wood Brothers Racing Museum showcases racing history.

Wood Brothers Racing holds the Guinness World Record for the longest active NASCAR racing team. They are the oldest continuously operating NASCAR Cup Series team and the team has always raced Ford products.

21 Performance Drive
Stuart, VA 24171
P:
276-694-2121
Email: info@woodbrothersracing.com

Wood Brothers Racing Museum Admission:

Free
Plan:
1hr

Wood Brothers Racing Museum Hours:

Monday – Friday 9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 4 pm

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Penske Racing Museum

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Penske Racing Museum

The Penske Racing Museum Showcases an amazing collection of cars, trophies, and racing memorabilia chronicling the career of one of the most successful dynasties in all of sports. Penske Racing has over 50 years of racing experience and over 400 major race wins highlighted by 17 Indianapolis 500-mile race victories.

On display in the museum are cars detailing the diversity of Penske Racing including a replica of the 1963 Pontiac Catalina which Roger Penske drove to victory in the 1963 Riverside 250. Additionally, a number of Indianapolis 500-mile race winners are on display including the 2009 Dallara Honda which Helio Castroneves drove to win the 2009 Indy 500.

7125 E Chauncey Ln
Phoenix, AZ 85054
P: 
480-538-4444
Email: events@penskeautomotive.com

Penske Racing Museum Admission:

Free
Plan: 1hr

Penske Racing Museum Hours:

Monday – Saturday 8am – 4pm
Sunday 12am – 5pm

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum was opened in 1956 to display race vehicles and memorabilia, principally associated with the Indianapolis 500 race. The first Museum building was located at the southwest corner of the Speedway’s property, where the Speedway’s Administration Building now stands.

Closed for renovations until April 2025

4750 W 16th St
Indianapolis, IN 46222
P: 
317-492-6784
Email: museum@brickyard.com

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Admission:

Adults $15
Seniors 62+ $14
Youth 6-15 $8
5 and under Free
Plan: 1-2hr

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Hours:

March – October: Daily 9am – 5 pm
November – February: Daily 10am – 4 pm

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Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum

Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum

Most visitors to the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum aren’t quite sure what to expect. Old cars, or modern ones? A history lesson, or a fresh look at a most contemporary and constantly evolving sport?

The answer: The museum offers all this, and a lot more.

Originally, the facility was called the Joe Weatherly Stock Car Museum; the name was changed following a major renovation and expansion project in 2003.

“Little Joe” Weatherly had a reputation as one of racing’s most colorful characters back in the sport’s early days, even earning the nickname “The Clown Prince of Stock Car Racing.” He was known for his zest for life, his no-holds-barred driving style, and his seemingly endless creativity in the field of practical jokes.

But Weatherly was much more than a prankster. He was a serious competitor on the track, with two wins at notoriously tough Darlington Raceway, in 1960 and 1963.

Joe Weatherly was killed while driving at Riverside in 1964, but he left a legacy at Darlington that went beyond a couple of entries in the win column. The driver who like so many others began his career racing on dirt had a real disdain for the fancy Indy cars so popular at the time, describing them as looking like “cucumbers with hayraker wheels.”

Just as Darlington Raceway had originally been constructed in 1950 to give stock car racing a platform to rival that of the Indianapolis 500, the Museum was intended to do the same for the history of the still-fledgling sport.

After a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Weatherly suggested to his good friend Bob Colvin, then president of Darlington Raceway, that he consider building a stock car museum in South Carolina. Colvin not only liked the idea but followed through with it; following his friend’s death, Colvin brought plans for the Joe Weatherly Stock Car Museum before the Raceway’s Board of Directors, where they were unanimously approved. The facility was officially dedicated on May 2, 1965, and still stands as a testament to the greatness of the sport of stock car racing and those who compete in it.

A walk through the Museum is not only a trip through the history of Darlington Raceway but of the entire sport. On the end of a line of classic cars, looking like a prop from a 1940s film sits the 1950 Plymouth Johnny Mantz drove to Victory Lane in the very first Mountain Dew Southern 500. Mantz was the slowest qualifier for the race which he eventually won by 15 laps over second-place finisher Fireball Roberts.

Did you know that the winningest car in the history of stock car racing is a convertible? The 1956 Ford convertible which sits in the Weatherly Museum won 22 races in a single year racing in the convertible series, plus three more races that same year with the top welded on – including the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington.

Sitting quietly in the middle of a row, sporting its trademark blue and the number 43, is the 1967 Plymouth of Richard Petty, a car that won 10 races that year. Occupying a prominent spot in the back is Darrell Waltrip’s 1991 Chevy Lumina, which rolled eight times in the ’91 Pepsi 400 in one of the most fearsome crashes in stock car history. Waltrip walked away from the incident, and the car stands as an impressive witness to stock car safety.

In the rear of the building, visitors can find the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Hall of Fame, filled with photos, memorabilia, and interactive exhibits showcasing the sport of NASCAR racing and the personalities who have inhabited it over the years. Alan Kulwicki; David Pearson; Junior Johnson. Lee and Richard Petty. Neil Bonnett.

Ever wondered what a restrictor place looks like? How about the famous “Hemi” engine? Both are on display in the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum, along with other bits and pieces of racing trivia such as Fonty Flock’s Bermuda shorts and Joe Weatherly’s very own racing shoes.

The Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum and NMPA Hall of Fame offer those who are interested in the history of stock car racing an in-depth look at the roots of the sport and have a lot to pique the interest of newer fans as well. All in all, both facilities provide a unique stroll down NASCAR’s memory lane.

1301 Harry Byrd Hwy.
Darlington, SC 29532
P:
843-395-8821
Email: nadcock@darlingtonraceway.com

Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum Admission:

Adults $8
Military $5
Children under 12 free

Plan: 1hr

Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum Hours:

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

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