Best Places for Racing Enthusiasts to Visit

Best Places for Racing Enthusiasts to Visit

Motorsports are truly for the adrenaline junkie. Fast cars and motorcycles travel at incredible speeds to have the best track time. While fans can see a race at any of the popular racetracks in America, there are lots of other sites with racing memorabilia and historic artifacts. These are the best places for racing enthusiasts to visit for fans to enjoy.

Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum is a large automotive museum in Los Angeles. While it features automobile history, the museum has many past and present exhibits dedicated to motorsports. Some of the most notable cars at the museum are the TRON Light Cycle, Nux Car from Mad Max, and the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future. Aside from popular culture, the museum also features various race cars and motorcycles from past decades.

Daytona International Speedway

The Daytona International Speedway is a classic American racetrack with a fascinating history. Starting in Daytona, Florida, in 1936, the racetrack has since undergone numerous design changes with different races. Most notably, Daytona hosts the annual Daytona 500 NASCAR race and Daytona 200 motorcycle race. These are some of the hardest, most important races in motorsports.

Barber Motorcycle Museum

The Barber Motorcycle Museum is a one of a kind. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, this museum features one of the largest collections of racing motorcycles in the world. With motorcycles from the 1890s to the present, it’s no surprise motorcycle fans travel just to see these rare and unique finds. Today, the museum includes more than 1,600 vintage and modern motorcycles from over 16 countries. The museum also has over 50 vintage Lotus cars as well as other racing cars to win Formula One and other notable races.

Henry Ford Museum

This is another automobile museum in Dearborn, Michigan, with a focus on famous vehicles. It is one of the largest collections of historic automobiles, and also houses famous celebrity-owned and Hollywood cars. Some of these include former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s and John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousines, the bus Rosa Park’s refused to give up her seat in, and many original Ford Model Ts. The Henry Ford Museum also features vintage race cars from the early 1900s.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Located about six miles west of Downtown Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the most famous racetracks in America and the world. It has hosted numerous automobile and motorcycle races since its inception in 1909, including the Indy 500, Formula One Grand Prix, and, briefly, the MotoGP. Today it is a National Historic Landmark. It is so well-known that in 1987 the racetrack hosted the 1987 Pan American opening ceremonies and speed roller skating competition.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Lastly, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is the prime location for race car culture. In Charlotte, North Carolina, visitors can see the greatest drivers, crews, owners, and anyone else who influenced the motorsport. Visitors can see over 18 historic cars and 40 racecar tracks in addition to the four floors of artifacts and interactive exhibits.

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