CUTLINE INFORMATION: The International Motosports Hall of Fame and Museum is home to several record holders, but one vehicle will likely never see its record broken, the No. 9 Ford Thunderbird driven by Bill Elliott.
In 1987, Elliott set a blistering qualifying speed of 212.809 mph at Talladega Superspeedway. Shortly after the feat, NASCAR began mandating restrictor plates on cars at Talladega and Daytona to keep speeds below the 200 mph mark. As such, Elliott’s 20-year old record still stands today and will likely never be touched.
Admission to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 7 to 17 and free for kids age 6 and younger. Combo packages that include both tours of the museum and Talladega Superspeedway are $12 for adults, $8 for kids age 7 to 17 and free for kids age 6 and younger. The museum is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7 days a week with the exception of major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter).