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Museum dedicated to motorsports opens at Daytona International Speedway

Stock cars, sports cars or open-wheel; motorcycles, drag racing, powerboating and even aviation – whatever motorsport gets your heart racing, you’ll be able to explore its history at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, now open at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

Daytona International Speedway, Florida.
Daytona International Speedway, Florida. Image by Jeremy Stoutamyer / CC BY 2.0

The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is billed as the only one to include coverage of all types of US motorsports, and features a movie theater, many classic racing vehicles of all types and exhibits exploring the lives and careers of the drivers who have been inducted into its Hall of Fame. This year, the June 28 ceremony will add seven names – and corresponding bronze busts – to that roster, including Terry Labonte, one of NASCAR’s most competitive drivers from the 1980s and ‘90s, and Paula Murphy, the first woman to race a Funny Car.

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Previously located in Novi, Michigan, outside of Detroit, the museum moved to Daytona over the course of 2016. “The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is a perfect fit for Daytona International Speedway,” said speedway President Chip Wile, who noted that many of the 230 Hall of Fame inductees have won motorsport events at Daytona in the past. Tickets to the museum, which include a tour of the speedway, are $18.

Motorsports museums have a long tradition at speedways in the United States, although they’re most often focused on car and motorcycle racing. The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is joining the ranks of prime examples like the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, which houses the world’s largest motorcycle collection, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.

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