GM Northeast Helps Celebrate NASCAR Pros
July 19, 2012 3:26 pm ET
Ahh… Saratoga in the summer! Truly the place that offers something for every interest. Yesterday afternoon, Saratoga State Park was abuzz with early arrivals for the opening day of the 144th season of the Saratoga Horse Racing Track, the New York City Ballet was performing at SPAC and the hot rod drivers were parked on the lawn of the Saratoga Automobile Museum awaiting the arrival of NASCAR legend Bobby Allison.
Fans came out in droves to see the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup champion and one of the series’ most respected heroes. Mr. Allison, named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers has 84 victories tied him including being one of only eight drivers to score the unofficial Grand Slam of Racing: Daytona 500, Winston 500, Coca-Cola 600 & Southern 500.
While fans were waiting for Mr. Allison, they were able to check out and drive the Chevy Traverse and Chevy Volt! In fact, the Saratoga Auto Museum is the proud host of the newest electrical charging stations. Everyone was intrigued by the new technology and the beautiful designs of Chevy’s latest offerings. Even Mr. Allison, a Chevy driver from back in the day, came over to look at the vehicles and gave a thumbs up!
This event was the season kick off to Saratoga Automobile Museum exhibition of “Moonshine to Millionaires: NASCAR History, Heroes and Technology” sponsored by Upstate Chevy which will run through November 25.
The exhibit features cars including Herb Thomas’ Hudson Hornet, widely known as early 50′s car to beat. Additionally car enthusiasts can view Curtis Turner’s purple ’56 Ford, the Thunderbird that led the first Daytona 500, cars driven by NASCAR heroes Bobby Allison, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and Kevin Harvick and a championship winning truck wheeled by Ron Hornaday. As a special bonus, Tony Stewart has lent the museum both the Dallara Indy car and the Pontiac he used in scoring racing’s most famous double, the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca Cola 600, in 1999.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum is hosting a series of events featuring NASCAR legends Bobby Allison, Ron Hornaday, Kyle Busch and Richard Childress.
We’ll hope you mark Saragota as a place to visit and check out this great NASCAR exhibition.