Saturday

NORTH CAROLINA AUTO RACING HALL OF FAME


119 Knob Hill Road Mooresville

Hours--10am-5pm Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm Saturday

Visited 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018

Hero Cards?  Yes, for plenty of drivers from stars to unknowns 

Moonshine runner display at the start
of the museum tour
Overview--This is an independent hall of fame (not to be confused with the better-known Nascar Hall of Fame), but if you're a hardcore fan, it is not to be missed!  Plenty of old, unique, and obscure cars here, and a gift shop with items donated from race shops that you can't find anywhere else.  Admission is $6+tax for adults, but well worth it (and the gift shop is free, of course).

One of the actual induction plaques
Ratings--
To See and Do: 4 like I said, if you're a hardcore longtime fan, this is the place for you.  Plenty of cars squeezed-in from all over Nascar's history--even some non-Nascar racers too.  Yeah, it's extremely cramped, and yeah, it looks a little like a glorified private collection, but they're a volunteer organization.
Diecast car for sale in the gift shop
Accessibility: 3 while it's great to look around both the museum and the gift shop, there's virtually nothing interactive.  This is the kind of place that's great for big-time fanatics, but I could see not holding much interest for non-fans.
Gift Shop: 5+ since most everything here has been donated from various race teams, there are literal "one of a kind" items here.  You can spend over an hour just poring through all the different obscure hero cards!
Friendliness of Staff: 5 the tour is self-guided, while the staff is in the gift shop.  Everybody there was quite nice.

Insider Tip: If you're looking for race-used sheet metal, occasionally there's a large cache in the museum itself.

Final Verdict--See it, especially if you think you've seen it all.

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