Posted on October 8, 2018

4 Amazing Automotive Museums and The Nascar Hall of Fame

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See the largest private collection of vintage race cars when you visit racing history at Memory Lane Museum near Charlotte at 769 River Hwy in Mooresville. From Soap Box Derbies to Sprint Cup cars, the museum has more than fifteen types of race cars and vintage automobiles to admire. Discover cars from popular movies like “Talladega Nights” and “Days of Thunder” to “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Color Purple“. Memory Lane Museum is also home to the largest collection of go-karts in the world. Explore 150 exhibits and relive your favorite racing memories. Open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. Call (704) 662-3673 to learn more.

Named “Best Museum in the Nation” by the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), Bennett Classics Museum features more than 70 vehicles representing decades of history. In 2007, owners (and brothers) Buddy and Joe Bennett originally bought a warehouse to store their vast collection of antique vehicles, but soon decided to share their hobby with the public by turning their warehouse into a museum. Their exquisite collection of antique and modern cars is on display for anyone to see at 241 Vance Street (just off W. Main Street) in Forest City. Bennett Classics is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. For more information, please call 828-247-1767.

The Wheels Through Time, just five miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway in Maggie Valley at 62 Vintage Lane, is an all-American museum. Thought of as one of the world’s premier destinations for its collection of rare American vintage motorcycles and antique automobiles. The museum continues to grow with new exhibits and an unparalleled collection of memorabilia. Founded by Dale Walksler in 1993, Wheels Through Time has become an essential part of discovering, maintaining, and preserving American transportation history. Open April through November from Thursdays through Mondays, from 9 am to 5 pm (closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays). To speak to someone directly, call (828) 926-6266.

While the North Carolina Transportation Museum is primarily dedicated to trains, the museum also displays antique and classic cars, vintage airplanes, and even a few old-fashioned wagons. Located in Spencer, at 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, northeast of Salisbury, on sixty acres, it has become one of the biggest in the country. Visit Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm or on Sundays from noon to 5 pm. Call 704-636-2889 to speak with someone directly.

Located in the heart of Charlotte, at 400 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame honors and displays some of the most famous stock cars and race tracks in NASCAR history. The focal point is the Hall of Honor, featuring all the famous names of NASCAR. Open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm (every day but Tuesdays), the Nascar Hall of Fame also includes a café, gift shop, theater, and several exhibits like the Glory Road and Heritage Speedway. Call (704) 654-4400 for more information.

NASCAR fans and lovers of classic vehicles can find plenty of car museums, including the ones mentioned, in North Carolina that are worth visiting. Across the state of North Carolina are amazing automotive museums. Our regularly inspected North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns, offering affordable yet luxurious overnight accommodations, are conveniently located throughout our state.