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During Talladega Superspeedway’s October NASCAR Playoff weekend, Lyn St. James stood by her record-setting Ford Thunderbird that will now be housed in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (located just outside Talladega Superspeedway’s Turn 4). She and the car made history at Talladega Superspeedway in 1988 by recording a speed of 212.577 mph, a record for a female driver on a closed-course.

‘Bird Has Found a New Home: Lyn St. James’ Record-Setting Thunderbird Now on Display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame


Families traveling during the holiday season now have a special treat just off I-20 in Alabama. The Ford Thunderbird that made history with a record speed of 212.577 mph around Talladega Superspeedway in 1988 with driver Lyn St. James behind the wheel, is now on display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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    “All of us at Talladega Superspeedway have the family and friends of our good friend David Pearson in our thoughts. Not only was he one of the greatest our sport of NASCAR has ever seen behind the wheel, but he was a character like no other with his mischievous and joking ways. While he was fun off the track, he was all business when he climbed in the cockpit. He is the only driver in Talladega history to win three straight of our spring 500-mile races (1972-74). He helped set the standard as one of the best drivers ever, and while doing that, made drivers around him better. Being a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame as well as the International Motorsports Hall of Fame shows you how successful and respected he was. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the Pearson family.”

  • Jan 18


    In 1968, Dan Gurney would drive the famed Wood Brothers Ford to his fifth and final NASCAR victory on the road course at Riverside, CA. Gurney, a member of the inaugural class of the International Motors Hall of Fame member, passed away recently at the age of 86.

  • Nov 28

    Walter "Bud" Moore, Five Time Talladega Winner, Passes Away

    Hall of Fame team owner Bud Moore (left) looks on as his pit crew fuels the No. 15 Ford of driver Buddy Baker in 1975 on the way to a victory at Talladega Superspeedway. Moore has passed away at the age of 92.

  • Jan 17

    Bill Moss, An Integral Part of Talladega Superspeedway and the IMHOF Since the Inception of Both Facilities, Passes Away at 81

    Bill Moss (left) of Moss-Thornton Company - the engineering company who was instrumental in the creation of Talladega Superspeedway in 1969 - stands along side NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. (right) as partners in completing construction of the largest, steepest and fastest superspeedway in the world.

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