New Auto Racing Exhibit Unveiled At Department Of State’s Museum Of Florida History

By  //  January 29, 2016

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'Sun, Sand and Speed–Florida Auto Racing'

FROM RIGHT LEFT TO RIGHT: Michelle Hearn, Senior Museum Curator; Tim Leatzow, Museum Exhibit Designer; Secretary of State of Ken Detzner; Don “Big Daddy” Garlits; Andrew Dewerff, Executive Assistant, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac; Jeana Brunson, Museum Executive Director; Tim Moore, Executive Director Business Development, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac; Laura Rogers, Board Member; Lena Juarez, Board Member; and Bruce Graetz, Senior Museum Curator. (Museum of Florida History image)

FROM RIGHT LEFT TO RIGHT: Michelle Hearn, Senior Museum Curator; Tim Leatzow, Museum Exhibit Designer; Secretary of State of Ken Detzner; Don “Big Daddy” Garlits; Andrew Dewerff, Executive Assistant, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac; Jeana Brunson, Museum Executive Director; Tim Moore, Executive Director Business Development, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac; Laura Rogers, Board Member; Lena Juarez, Board Member; and Bruce Graetz, Senior Museum Curator. (Museum of Florida History image)

The Department of State’s Museum of Florida History announces a new temporary exhibit, Sun, Sand and Speed–Florida Auto Racing, opened on January 22 and will remain on display until July 4.

The exhibit explores Florida’s long history in the sport of auto racing, from the first racing tournaments on Ormond Beach in 1903 to today’s Daytona 500–“The Great American Race.”

Exhibit topics include beach racing pioneers, NASCAR and stock car racing, Sebring and sports car endurance racing, open-wheel racing, drag racing, and champions of this exciting sport.

Visitors can experience Florida’s racing culture in this thrilling exhibit featuring race cars, driver’s memorabilia, racing images, videos, and a NASCAR arcade game.

Ken Detzner

Ken Detzner

“This new exhibit allows visitors an opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of auto racing in the Sunshine State,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

“The enduring spirit of competition and innovation that are the hallmarks of Florida auto racing today are show cased throughout the exhibit.”

Highlights of the exhibit include:

• Cunningham C-4R sports car, one of only two on display in the world, the Cunningham built in Florida won 12 Hours at Sebring (1953) and came in fourth at 24 Hours of Le Mans (1952)
• Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2008 Chevrolet Impala sponsored by the National Guard
• Dragster constructed by “Big Daddy” Don Garlits
• Recreated 1906 Stanley Steamer Rocket that raced and won on Ormond Beach
• 1908 stock car trophy from Ormond-Daytona Beach race
• Racing suits and helmets from Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
• Prototype Chevrolet Corvette hood, nose, windshield, and signed memorabilia from North American sports car championship team VISIT FLORIDA Racing
• Daytona 500 checkered flag signed by Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and other legends

The Museum will host numerous programs and events for people of all ages. Programs will interpret various types of racing and significant periods in Florida’s racing history.

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