There are two things that residents of North Carolina take seriously. The first is barbeque and the second is NASCAR. For that reason it only seems fitting that the NASCAR Hall of Fame is located in Charlotte just a short drive from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. As you walk outside the Hall of Fame, you will immediately be in awe of the building itself and as you look down on the bricks that line the entrance, you will see many tributes to NASCAR fans by their families.
After checking in and purchasing your ticket, you will receive a Hard Card. This card will allow you to complete challenges and choose your favorite driver to lead you through your journey. After activating your card, you can hit the museum or wait for the next show in the Belk High Octane Theater. There is a short film that outlines the journey NASCAR has taken from its humble and backwoods beginnings to the NASCAR of present day. For true fans, you will enjoy seeing some of your favorite drivers over the years. For newer fans, you will gain a better understanding of how the sport has evolved the last 66 years.
After the show, head back to the main level to Glory Road where you can see the cars from the 1952 Hudson Hornet up to 2013 Toyota Camry used today. This display also shows the banking at specific NASCAR tracks. It makes you wonder how the cars don’t just flip over when they sit on the banking.
After hitting the Glory Road, if you are feeling adventurous, you can head upstairs to “Raceweek” where you can get behind the scenes look how a race team will prepare for the big day. If your dream is to be on a pit crew, you can try your luck at being a tire changer or a gasman with interactive exhibits that test your skill. You can race against your friends (or complete strangers) by completing a timed pit stop. The racing simulator is the ultimate thrill ride for those whose secret dreams are to be behind the wheel.
If you are a NASCAR history buff, you will love to walk through exhibit after exhibit paying homage to the drivers who helped make the sport what it is today. You can see memorabilia from the greats like Bobby Allison and Richard Petty. You can also pay tribute to drivers like Davey Allison and Alan Kulwicki who both were lost in tragic accidents before their prime.
When visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame, plan for at least a few hours (I recommend 4-5) to go through the entire hall of fame, but it can easily take a whole day to go through all of the exhibits. Getting there is fairly simple from all major highways and the parking is conveniently located next to the facility. You can order your tickets online or purchase them at the door. If you will be staying in the Charlotte area for a few days, a drive to Concord to visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway and some of the race team garages can be the perfect complement to your trip.
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Nascar Hall of Fame Info:
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd Charlotte, NC 28202
Hours of Operation – 10 am – 6 pm daily (last ticket sold at 5 pm)
Parking Deck on Brevard Street ($3 for the first 30 minutes, $15 daily max)