Saturday

NASCAR HALL OF FAME


501 South College Street, Charlotte (use 400 East MLK Blvd. in the GPS)

Hours--10am-6pm (7 days a week)

Visited 2012, 2013 & 2017

There IS an admission fee here of $19.95, but I think its well worth the price. Also, you have to pay for parking (unless you can walk there from your hotel in downtown), see below for a way to save!

Lee Petty's car on Glory Road
Overview--There's SO MUCH to do and see here! Basically, the building it set up in a circular shape, and there's four floors. The first floor is essentially just a lobby. Your ticket is actually a "Hard Card", which you can register in order to score points at all the various experiences.
The second floor has a "welcoming" film, which I'd highly recommend if there's any Nascar newbies in your group. Around the second floor is "Glory Road", a banked, elevated "track" with cars ranging from the moonshinin' days to today. There's also a "Pit Stop" cafe that sells average food for decent prices, and cars representing that year's five inductees. Furthermore, there's the SiriusXM Studios (Chocolate Myers waved at me!) and a VERY comprehensive gift shop. If you go to the gift shop, prices are pretty reasonable (especially for t-shirts) and there's a nice discount section as well.
Herb Thomas's Hall of Fame exhibit
The third floor features the actual hall of fame, with a focus on that year's inductees. After that, there is the Race Week exhibit, which shows you (and allows you to experience) virtually EVERYTHING that goes into a race. From car set-ups to actual pit-stops to haulers to engines, its all there to be seen and experienced. I tried virtually all of it, though I skipped the simulators (which cost extra).
The fourth floor is the Heritage Speedway, and this is where the Hall really shines through. You'll find something on just about everything in the sport's history here. Not just the big names, either. There's even some information on some of the sport's "rogues", like Curtis Turner and Tim Richmond. You can check out the closest calls in Nascar history, see the safer barrier portion that Michael McDowell destroyed at Texas, even an actual 76 gasoline orange ball porthole from Daytona!

The banking on Glory Road
Ratings--To See and Do: 5, Accessibility: 5, Gift Shop: 5, Friendliness of Staff: 4, Hero Cards N/A

Final Verdict--See it, this is not to be missed!

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