CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Saturday, the NASCAR Hall Of Fame will unveil a complete a complete makeover of one of its signature exhibits, Glory Road. After nine exclusive stock car sneak peeks over the past two months, the NASCAR Hall of Fame has completed the new Glory Road grid and is ready to show it off.
Encircling the Great Hall, Glory Road has served as one of the Hall’s most prominent focal points since opening in 2010. It features 18 historic stock cars from the first 60 years of NASCAR. Speedways from across the country are illustrated here as well, where guests can touch the texture of various tracks and feel the intense banking that drivers face week to week.
In preparation, the Hall has closed its doors from Jan. 6-10 to allow installation of the exhibit. The changeover requires extensive cranes and rigging equipment to mount the cars on the surface of Glory Road, which gradually builds to the extreme 33-degree banking found at Talladega Superspeedway.
“We’ve had several of NASCAR’s finest tell us that the original Glory Road would be tough to top, although I’m confident this new version definitely carries on the tradition of illustrating NASCAR’s rich heritage,” says NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley. “Our goal with Glory Road 2.0 is to produce an exhibit that’s as equally impressive and engaging as our inaugural Glory Road.”
Also coming to the Hall this January, the layout of the Race Week exhibit, which features the Kobalt Tools Pit Crew Challenge and newly wrapped Gen-6 racing simulators, has been revamped for eased navigation for visitors. Portions have also been modernized to reflect the technological evolution of NASCAR.
A new Champions exhibit in Race Week will highlight 2013 season titleholders, NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Nationwide champion Austin Dillon and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton. An updated Kobalt Tools Kid Zone also offers new interactive features including a kid-friendly Pit Crew Challenge specially constructed for pint-size NASCAR fans.
Downstairs in the High Octane Theater Lobby, a new Memorable Moments exhibit will showcase recent significant milestones in history from the 2013 NASCAR season. The exhibit will be updated often to highlight NASCAR history in the making.
The complete lineup of the new cars installed on Glory Road include the following. More detail on each car can be found at nascarhall.com/explore/glory-road.
1. Generation 1 Marshall Teague’s 1952 Hudson Hornet (revealed Dec. 26)
2. Generation 1 Buck Baker’s 1957 Chevrolet 150 “Black Widow” (revealed Oct. 12)
3. Generation 1 Wood Brothers’ 1961 Ford Starliner
4. Generation 1 Fred Lorenzen’s 1966 Ford Galaxie “Banana Car” (revealed Dec. 17)
5. Generation 2 Ned Jarrett’s 1966 Ford Fairlane (revealed Nov. 17)
6. Generation 2 David Pearson’s 1969 Ford Torino Cobra Talladega
7. Generation 2 Bobby Allison’s 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle (revealed Dec. 7)
8. Generation 2 Cale Yarborough’s 1976 Chevrolet Laguna S-3
9. Generation 2 Richard Petty’s 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
10. Generation 3 Darrell Waltrip’s 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Aerocoupe
11. Generation 3 Dale Earnhardt’s 1990 Chevrolet Lumina
12. Generation 4 Jeff Gordon’s 1994 Chevrolet Lumina (revealed Nov. 5)
13. Generation 4 Rusty Wallace’s 2000 Ford Taurus (revealed Dec. 10)
14. Generation 4 Bill Elliot’s 2001 Dodge Intrepid R/T
15. Generation 4 Jimmie Johnson’s 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS (revealed Nov. 29)
16. Generation 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2008 Chevrolet Impala SS
17. Generation 5 Tony Stewart’s 2011 Chevrolet Impala (revealed Nov. 12)
18. Generation 6 Matt Kenseth’s 2013 Toyota Camry