A while ago, I asked if anyone had any questions about NASCAR history. I basically got two that I have yet to find an answer for. Where is the Pass in the Grass car and when was the first flyover. Well. I haven't given up! I'm still poking around. Never fear, a historian never tires of asking people if they know anything about such and such.
One of the best things about NASCAR's history is that there is still someone around who knows, who saw, and maybe who flew that first flyover. And there is most certainly someone who knows where that chassis is. There are little pockets of NASCAR history all over the US, as Winston Kelley and the other folks over at the NASCAR Hall of Fame certainly know about. Collections and treasures, trophies and photos now have a place where all fans can enjoy them. But there are still a few pieces of NASCAR history that can't be transported to downtown Charlotte.
These bits of NASCAR history are found in the turns of tracks that no longer host races, or tracks that are barely even there any longer. Want to visit Lakewood? One of the most famous tracks in NASCAR's history? Well, you can't quite, it is a parking lot now. But you can see it in Smokey and the Bandit.
If you go to Daytona Beach, you can still find a run down building that was once the Best Damn Garage in Town..and the place where cheating was turned into a science by Smokey Yunick. If you are in North Carolina and ask politely, my thesis adviser might let you see his backyard where one of the mechanics for Fireball Roberts had his own shadetree garage. If you are in South Carolina and go to the right diner for lunch, maybe three of the legends of this sport will share a cup of coffee with you. And dang it, I _know_ that if you knock on the right door, that lawnmover of a 3 is waiting for you.
Anyone have any NASCAR history in their home town?