In Part 1, we had an introduction to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHF) from the Hall’s President George Levy while at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. As it turned out, Daytona Beach was in my travel plans so I had the opportunity to not only visit with George again, but also get a personal tour of this fantastic facility. In this interview you’ll come along with me while George shows off some of the distinctive vehicles and stories that resonate with him and visitors. By the way, you can follow along with the tour by looking at the photos below as we navigate around part of the facility. Enjoy!
NOTE: Upcoming, we’ll have two more parts to this tour as I was given some behind the scenes stories by two of the friendly and knowledgeable docents. For more information on the MSHF, please visit: www.mshf.com
By Larry Mason Copyright © 2022 Larry Mason
Daytona International Speedway is the home of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
This walkway will take your right to the entrance of the MSHF.
This photo highlights the wide variety of vehicles on display. This is only a small portion of what’s inside!
NASCAR shortened the 1974 Daytona 125 qualifying race to 112 ½ miles due to the fuel crisis in effect at that time. This is the original and unique checkered flag used for that race!
The Atlas Van Lines unlimited hydroplane is just one of the many unique racing machines you’ll find here at the MSHF, and like everything on display, it has a unique story behind it.
The Mickey Thompson Challenger 1. This home-built, four-engine, wheel-driven speed machine went over 400 mph back in 1960 and set a record!
Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird, a six-wheel streamliner, went nearly 300mph on the sands of Daytona Beach in 1935!
MSHF has two of inductee Helio Castroneves’ Indy 500 winning driver’s suits on display. This is just one of many of the displays for multiple racing champions and legends of motorsport.
One of the pioneering women in motorsports, Denise McCluggage not only was a successful race car driver, but also just as handy with the written word and camera at Autoweek magazine. Shown here is her 1956 Jaguar XK 140M sports car that she won her very first race in!
This beautiful Group 44 Jaguar XJR-7 IMSA GTP car campaigned by Bob Tullius won the last race it was entered in.
This is another fine example of a legendary race car driven by a legendary driver. In this case, it’s one of Richard Petty’s championship winning NASCAR stock cars. Notice “Miss Hurst” Linda Vaughn’s Hurst Oldsmobile behind it.
Interview and photos Copyright © by Larry Mason