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Sun, Sand, and Speed-Florida Auto Racing

January 22-July 4, 2016
Museum of Florida History

The Museum of Florida History presents the special exhibit Sun, Sand, and Speed–Florida Auto Racing. The exhibit explores auto racing history from 1903 to the present, including early beach racing pioneers, NASCAR and stock car racing, Sebring and sports car endurance racing, IndyCar racing, and drag racing. Visitors can experience Florida's racing culture in this thrilling exhibit featuring race cars, drivers' memorabilia, racing images and videos, and a NASCAR arcade game.

Exhibit Highlights:

  • Cunningham C4-R sports car built in Florida won 12 Hours at Sebring (1953) and came
  • in fourth at 24 Hours of Le Mans (1952)
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 2008 Chevrolet Impala sponsored by the National Guard
  • Dragster constructed by "Big Daddy" Don Garlits
  • Recreated 1906 Stanley Steamer Rocket that raced and won on Ormond Beach
  • 1908 stock car trophy from Ormond-Daytona Beach race
  • Racing suits and helmets from Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Prototype Chevrolet Corvette hood, nose, windshield, and signed memorabilia from North American sports car championship team VISIT FLORIDA Racing
  • Daytona 500 checkered flag signed by Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and other legends