Monday, January 23, 2017

Travel Tips: The International Motorsports Hall of Fame

NASCAR Hall of Famer Jerry Cook was inducted into the
International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.
credit: Getty Images for NASCAR/Tim Roberts
If you’re planning a trip to Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama for the NASCAR races in May or October, make sure you stop by the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, which takes you through a history of many different types of motorsports, not just NASCAR.
  • The International Motorsports Hall of Fame, located on the grounds of Talladega Superspeedway, was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1982. It held its first induction ceremony in 1990, with a class that featured 20 motorsports personalities from the world’s various series of racing. The Hall of Fame complex features a museum spanning three buildings, with memorabilia dating back to 1902.
  • Inductions were held nearly every year, but none have been held since 2013. The number of inductees in each class varied, with as many as 20 in the inaugural class and just three inductees in 2012.
  • Among the honorees in the Hall who are also members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame: Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr., Junior Johnson, Richard and Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett, Richie Evans, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt and Jerry Cook. Four of the most recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees are also members: Raymond Parks, Benny Parsons, Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick.
  • The International Motorsports Hall of Fame offers a track tour of Talladega Superspeedway, lasting approximately 20 minutes and available every 30 minutes during normal Hall hours unless there is on-track testing. Call 256-362-5002 to check out availability.
  • Hall of Fame hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CT daily except New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. There are also extended hours during race weeks. Track tours are available through Thursday of race weeks, but there are no tours Friday through Sunday. Admission to the Hall as of this writing is $12 for adults, $5 for students ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under with adult admission. The track tour is $8 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 5 and under with an adult. A combination admission to the Hall and the track tour is $16 for adults and $8 for students.
  • Find out more about the International Motorsports Hall of Fame at http://www.motorsportshalloffame.com/.
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