Saturday

JOE GIBBS RACING


13415 Reese Blvd. West, Huntersville (keep going around the "circle", eventually you'll see signs for JGR)

Hours--8am-5pm

Visited 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018

Hero Cards?  Yes, but you need to ask for them in the gift shop

Public WiFi?  No
Show car on display in the lobby

Overview--A great shop--really one of the standard bearers. Obviously a shop owned by Joe Gibbs has some things to offer that other places can't--namely, three Super Bowl rings. There's a decent amount of football memorabilia here, as well as some focus on Gibbs' first two drivers, Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte, as well as Tony Stewart.
Looking to the right from the viewing area

Ratings--
To See and Do: 4 there's cars out front, a nice movie on the history of JGR playing near the viewing area, and lots and LOTS of memorabilia.  There's also a movie playing on repeat in the theater to the right of the lobby, showing recent highlights and how a car gets built from start to finish.
Accessibility: 4 A glass-enclosed viewing area gives a nice overview of the garage. The viewing area is above the garage itself, so you'll be able to see a decent amount.  A nice touch--there's rocking chairs in the viewing area.
Looking to the left from the viewing area
Gift Shop: 5 lots and LOTS of stuff here, from the expensive to the free. You can probably spend about half-an-hour just wandering the gift shop (and no, you don't have to spend anything to enjoy it).
Friendliness of Staff: 5 everyone was very polite and let me wander around.

Insider Tip: There's a small hallway from the lobby to the viewing area--on weeks after race wins, there'll be crossed-checkered flags on display.

Insider Tip: Most of the shop crew goes on break from 11:30am-12:30pm, so avoid going during that time (especially if you want to see work being done).  Also, the best day to come, by far, is Tuesday.

Insider Tip: Ask the person behind the gift-shop counter for hero cards.

Final Verdict--See it. Though its a little out of the way, its worth it.
Victory Flags on display

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