Welcome to Race City USA! The home of many proud NASCAR automobiles and drivers. In the city of Mooresville N.C., these great feats and people are being paid tribute to through the Memory Lane Museum located in 769 River Highway.
Experience the Rich Race Car History:
The iconic line “Gentlemen, start your engines” will really ring a bell when you and your family visit this location. The 40,000 square foot museum houses a count of 180 vintage cars, rare automobiles, and race cars. The different types of race cars are displayed here like the Soap Box Derby and Winston Cup Stock cars.
A Soap Box Derby car is originally made from a wooden soapbox and roller-skate wheels. It is motorless and is greatly dependent on its center of gravity and air resistance brought about by the vehicle’s weight. These race cars can run as fast a 30mph.
A Stock Car originally meant a car was not reconfigured since its conception in the factory. These automobiles have motors that can run from 160-220mph.
See Up Close the Winning Cars and Know their Drivers:
Some automobiles on feature in the museum are the real ones driven by NASCAR winners like:
Bobby Allison: He is the winner of the 1983 Winston Cup driving a Chevrolet. He has 84 well-earned victories where 3 Daytona 500 wins are included. He did competitive NASCAR cup series from 1961 to 1988.
Cale Yarborough: He is only one of the only two drivers that bagged three consecutive Winston Cup Championships from 1976 to 1978. Due to his feats, he is the first-ever NASCAR driver to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He also won Daytona 500 races and got to participate in the prestigious 24 hours of Le Mans in 1981, driving a Chevrolet Camaro.
Richard Petty: He is a 7 time NASCAR Cup Champion with a record of 200 wins throughout his racing career. He was dubbed as one of the 50 greatest NASCAR drivers of all time. He is given the nickname ” The King”. His competitive career had a long run spanned from 1958 till 1992. Richard Petty is often noted for driving a Plymouth or Pontiac.
When it come to auto racing of course safety is a priority. The Memory Lane Museum also features wrecked NASCAR vehicles. The learnings from these incidents became the basis of many developments regarding automobile safety.
Memory Lane Museum is more than just Cars:
Aside from the popular auto racing cars in the museum, the place also features other types of vehicles. The institution has a collection of go-carts, vintage motorcycles, and old bicycles.
View Beautiful Vintage Cars:
The institution traces back the automobile timeline from as early as 1901. To showcase this rich history a 1904 black Lutz is one of the featured cars. The Memory Lane Museum has a collection of Model T’s, these cars are made in between 1908 to 1927. Created by the Ford Motor Company these automobiles are cheaper, very sturdy and practical to use. The introduction of Model T’s made factory workers, farmers, and many other citizens switch from horses or trains to cars.
Model A’s also have their own slate in the museum. After the success of Model T’s the Ford company introduced its second design, the Model A’s which was introduced in 1927. It is the first Ford cars to follow a standard set of driver controls. Considerations like clutch and brake pedals, throttle and gear shift were standardized. It was also the first car to ever to feature a safety glass on its windshield.
Recognition for a Notable Collection:
Theautomobiles showcased in the museum is highly recognized. Film makers seek permission to feature its collection. An example is the TV mini-series ” American Speed: The True Story of NASCAR” rented out 25 to 30 vehicles and took it to West Virginia where the production was filmed.
Memory Lane Museum is open from 10am to 5pm from Mondays to Saturdays. Operating hours may change during race weeks and special events.
Admission for is $10 while children below 6 years old can come in for free. People coming in groups of 12 or more can recieve a discounted rate of $8 dollars per person.