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

18 car on display in the lobby
The Skinny--A great shop, and a great place to start on your tour. 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.

Ratings--
To See and Do: 4 there's cars out front, and a nice movie on the history of JGR, 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.
Victory Flags on display
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.
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.

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