National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum (part 2)

This is the second instalment of a sort of virtual “look around” the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum situated at Knoxville Raceway, Iowa, USA.

If you haven’t read my 1st post of the NSCHoF&M you had better click the following link to get the background:  National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum (part 1)

The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum (NSCHoF&M) sits proudly on turn 2 of Knoxville Raceway USA and is open 7 days a week; in fact the NSCHoF&M is only closed on four days of the  year (Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day). You gotta like that !

The National Sprint car Hall of Fame & Museum sits proudly on turn 2 at Knoxville Raceway

Entry is a bargain at only $4 (USA dollars) per person, and seniors/children are admitted to the museum for just $3 per person.

I was lucky enough to have a chat with Bob Baker (Executive Director) recently while in America visiting the facility and he told me “We are the only Sprint Car Museum in the world dedicated to promoting the future of Sprint Car Racing and also preserving our great sports past. We aim to provide the best possible displays combined with informative placarding to make it a memorable visit for both fanatical Spectators and new comers to this spectacular sport. The second floor inductee displays are simply superb, and are guaranteed to captivate visitors – the history we have assembled here is unparalleled to anything Motorsport-related in the world”.

The following sites are well worth checking out : The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum website is www.sprintcarhof.com and the museum store website is www.sprintcarstuff.com

Both these web addresses are well worth a look – moreso if you can’t get there in person. Be prepared to spend a few hours surfing……you won’t be disappointed !

The Sprint Car Museum store is on the ground floor and stocks the largest selection of Sprint Car merchandise in the world, and is the perfect place to find a gift for that hard-to-buy for Sprint Car fan on your present list……And get this, the NSCHoF&M ship world-wide !

The Museum store has everything Sprint car you could possibly think of. Our Aussie travelling companions “The Miller Family” from Western Australia even bought a nifty Sprint Car Cookie Cutter for my wife Tracey from the Museum Store and you guessed it, we cooked up the sweetest shortbread Sprint Car cookies that were ever made – all in the comfort of our Motorhome.

"Building" the Sprint Car Cookies in the Motorhome . The "Special" cookie cutter is available from the NSCHoF&M for a few dollars.

What more does a guy want - Tickets to the Knoxville Nationals, visting the Hall of Fame and eating freshly made Sprint Car Cookies

When in Knoxville, make sure you visit the National Sprint car Hall of Fame & Museum – it’s a MUST, and if you can’t get there, just hook into those websites…… and in the meantime, take in a torquetube media peek – see photos below.

The “San Jose Super Mod” of Howard Kaeding, Father of Brent Kaeding and Grandfather of current Sprint Car superstars Brandon “Bud” Kaeding and Tim Kaeding

The jet black Mike Brooks-driven, Harrold Annett-owned sprint car, which won the 1980 Knoxville Raceway Track Title and sat on the pole for the 1980 Knoxville Nationals

The winged Knoxville Nationals-winning sprint cars of Mark Kinser (left) and Danny Lasoski (right) on display in the non-profit museum - I Like that !!!!!!!!!!

The ‘Salute to Champion Tony Stewart’ special exhibition, featuring six of his championship-winning cars from USAC, IRL, NASCAR and IROC

The Tony Stewart Display runs until the end of the year. This is the first time the Museum has run a "Salute to Champion" display and the intention is to keep it going. Who will be the next Champ recognised in the new year ?

The ‘big car’ owned by Hall of Famer Louis Vermeil of Calistoga, California, who is the Father of legendary American football coach Dick Vermeil

The Second Floor display of Jan Opperman - Some say he is the all time most talented Driver in Sprint Car Racing. He could jump in any car and make the opostion look second rate

The 1971 Sprint Car built by Floyd Trevis for Bob Weikert (Both HoF Inductees) and driven to two Knoxville Nationals wins by another "Hall of Famer" Kenny Weld

Back To The Future - The Revolutionay Weld Car. Upturned exhausts, side mount radiator, reverse lateral side swept bonnet, offset front wing and radicaly different suspension design are a few of many departures from the "Norm" of the day - A bold approach and daring to be different !

The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum also combines 3rd and 4th floor corporate suites with balconies - SWEET viewing !

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