Soon after 10 years in other areas, museum moves back close to Petty’s homestead
By: Al Pearce on March 13, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Richard Petty has moved his museum back closer to his residence in Degree Cross, North Carolina.
One of the most revered collections of stock car racing rolling stock and memorabilia has returned to its original property in the North Carolina hamlet of Level Cross. Right after 10 years in other areas, the Richard Petty Museum has relocated to its authentic home close to the Petty family homestead, 25 miles from Greensboro.
The museum that outlines the history of NASCAR’s most popular on-track loved ones was opened in 1988 in a spare constructing at Petty Enterprises. The original museum was near the A-frame developing where 3-time champion and loved ones patriarch the late Lee Petty founded the organization in 1949. When that building was needed as Petty Enterprises expanded to a multicar organization, the museum was moved in 2003 to close by Randleman, N.C., the closest city of any size.
When Richard Petty Motorsports moved its racing operations from Degree Cross to Concord, N.C. several many years ago, programs went in movement to carry the museum back to its unique site. The move took a lot more than 6 months, and the museum was reopened on Wednesday with a gala celebration featuring Richard Petty and his fellow NASCAR Hall of Fame relatives, his brother, Maurice Petty, and their cousin, Dale Inman.
The museum displays memorabilia and personalized collections of the 6-time NASCAR champion, a 200-time race winner. “It’s great to have it back property and open for everyone to come see,” Richard Petty said. “We’re displaying a great deal of historical past right here on the grounds exactly where my daddy built the race team. It is something we hope the followers will come see, get pleasure from and inform their pals about. We tried to pack as considerably racing memorabilia as possible, but also have things from our films and other various things. There is some thing here for every person to enjoy.”
The new-appear museum characteristics exhibits connected with the 3 Petty Hall of Famers (Lee, Richard and Maurice) and Inman, the first crew chief in the Hall of Fame. There are countless automobiles, trophies and awards, iconic pictures, displays from the Pixar movie “Cars” and memorabilia representing the family’s contributions to NASCAR racing. The State of North Carolina and Randolph County have designated the Petty nearby homestead and the internet site of the original Petty Enterprises buildings as historic landmarks.
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