By Mike Raita, Executive Director
As I reflect on the first-ever International Motorsports Hall of Fame Heritage Preservation Event, I was struck by several things.
The first, and most obvious, was the quality of cars that we were able to attract.
Sixty-seven cars were on display inside our dome concourse Friday through Sunday – everything from exotics to muscle cars to customs. On Saturday, under clear and sunny skies, we had approximately 100 cars for our Show and Shine. It was a car-lover’s dream.
The second, I was humbled by the absolute dedication and passion of the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this event successful.
I’ve heard it said that volunteers don’t get paid because they are worthless, but rather because they are priceless. There has never been a truer statement.
And, saving the best for last – the reaction to the participation of the Alabama Gang was special.
autographs, taking pictures and telling stories. The purpose of the event was to raise money to preserve Alabama’s outstanding racing heritage and the Alabama Gang has already said they were all-in for next year.
From the sponsors to the participants to the spectators, thank you to everyone who supported our event and congratulations to all the winners.
Best GM: Darrell Harper, 1972 Chevy C10 Pickup
Best Mopar: Darwin Foster, 1968 Dodge Charger
Best Ford: Jerry Calhoun, 1957 Thunderbird
Best Exotic: Elton Stevens, 1965 Jaguar E-Type
Best Engine: Beth Hazelwood, 1974 Plymouth Duster
Best Paint: Steve Prewitt 1972 Chevrolet Corvette
Best Interior: Gary Bradberry, 1965 Chevy II
Executive Director’s Choice: Phil Seagraves, 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner
Bobby Allison Choice: John Capps, 1957 Ford Fairlane
Red Farmer Choice: Gary Bradberry, 1965 Chevy II
Donnie Allison Choice: Jerry Calhoun, 1957 Ford Thunderbird
Holley Sponsor Choice: Dee Huckeba, 1968 Camaro
Ultra Motorcars Choice: Brent Kultgen, 1969 Plymouth Superbird
Best of Show: Jeff Kultgen, 1969 ½ Dodge A-12 Super Bee