1919 Indy Car Photo courtesy International Motorsports Hall of Fame
International Motorsports Hall of Fame
Talladega, Alabama, in the spring of 1983, the International
Motorsports Hall of Fame was founded by Bill France, who was also
the founder of NASCAR and its president from 1949 to 1972. The
mission of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame is to
preserve the history of motor sports on a worldwide basis and to
enshrine those who have been responsible for its growth. A museum
which is part of the Hall of Fame complex, located next to the
world-famous Talladega Superspeedway, includes over 125 racing
vehicles in mint condition, valued well into the millions of
dollars. The complex also includes a main rotunda which houses the
ticket and administrative offices for both the Talladega
Superspeedway and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame &
Museum; a gift shop; and the McCaig-Wellborn International
Motorsports Research Library, which has space for 14,000 volumes,
magazines, and other research materials and a computerized system
that will be able to provide a complete history of every major race
The centerpiece of the complex is the Mark III
Pavilion, a spacious covered paved courtyard which is used for
temporary displays and car shows. On display in the Bill France,
Sr. Room, the Enoch Staley Room, and the 76 Building are numerous
famous race cars. Most in the 76 Building, which houses the Hall of
Fame itself, have been owned, built, or driven by Hall of Fame
drivers. A popular exhibit is the Budweiser Rocket Car. Resembling
a missile on wheels, this red, white and blue vehicle, more than 39
feet long and just 20 inches wide, could accelerate from 1 mph to
140 mph in just one second. On December 17, 1979, it broke the
sound barrier at the Edwards Air Force Base in California, with a
record run of 739.666 miles per hour.
An annual induction ceremony, inducting drivers in
the Motorsports Hall of Fame, is now held in the Speedvision Dome,
opening in 1996 and the largest building in the Hall of Fame
Complex. The class of 2000 inductees are a remarkable group of
drivers that include Mario Andretti, Craig Breedlove, A.J. Foyt,
Nelson Piquet, Don Prudhomme, and Ayrton Senna.
In addition to the International Motorsports Hall of
Fame, the complex is home to seven additional Halls of Fame,
including the Automobile Racing Club of America Hall of National
Champions and the Alabama Sports Writers Hall of Fame.
Project documentation includes five pages of text, 17
8 x 10 color photographs, a list of Hall of Fame inductees by year,
and a brochure.
Originally submitted by: Bob Riley, Representative (3rd District).
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