Friday, March 25, 2011

Step Into NASCAR's Past This Weekend In Mooresville, NC

The NASCAR community will turn back the clock Saturday in Mooresville, N.C., joining together to remember good times, re-tell old war stories and help a colleague in need.

Approximately 50 legends of the sport will convene as part of the Fifth Annual “Legends Helping Legends” event at Memory Lane Auto Museum on Highway 150 in Mooresville, where caretaker Alex Beam will throw open the doors on one of the country’s most impressive collections of vintage auto racing machinery and memorabilia.

This year’s event honors 1983 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Allison, who will unfortunately be unable to attend due to a commitment at this weekend’s Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California. Brother Donnie Allison will be there in his stead, along with NASCAR Hall Of Famer Ned Jarrett, Rex White, “Tiger” Tom Pistone, Travis Tiller, Jimmy Hensley, Jabe Thomas, Jim Vandiver, Neil “Soapy” Castles, Elliott Forbes-Robinson and “Little” Bud Moore. All will be available for autographs and photos, in addition to a world class session of bench racing.

Former Dale Earnhardt crewman a current Sirius NASCAR Radio host Chocolate Myers is scheduled to appear, along with the #3 team’s longtime engine builder, Lou LaRosa. Wanda Lund – widow of the late, great Dewayne “Tiny” Lund -- and Frances Flock, widow of NASCAR pioneer Tim Flock are also expected to be in attendance. Admission to the event is just $10; a bargain-basement price to wander through Memory Lane’s incredible time capsule of NASCAR and automotive history. Combined with a rare opportunity to meet, mingle and converse with a lengthy list of racing royalty, and the gathering becomes a can’t-miss affair.

Proceeds will benefit the Old Timers Race Club Medical Fund, which assists former racers and crewmembers who have fallen on hard times. This year’s recipient is Harold Elliott, championship engine-builder for Junior Johnson and Rusty Wallace (among others) who has recently been diagnosed with dementia and suffered a severe stroke. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM ET at the Memory Lane Auto Museum on Highway 150 (769 River Highway), less than two miles west of I-77 Exit 36.

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