Monday, August 21, 2006

Talladega Days


Driving goes more slowly in the forested hills of a two-lane blacktop than on the Interstate, and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame at the Talladega Superspeedway was just shy of closing when I finally got there. I begged my way in.

I’m no fan of auto racing; I just don’t get what so fascinates my husband and his ilk about cars running around in circles. But the cars themselves I can appreciate, and I especially love the bodacious curves of older models. The Hall of Fame has something for every car aficionado: historic photos, memorabilia, trophies, autos from early ones raced on the beach at Daytona to the carcass of Mike Harmon’s Monte Carlo wrecked at Bristol in 2002. The museum includes special tributes to Davey Allison, an Alabama son and frequent winner at Talladega who died at the speedway in a helicopter crash in 1993.

Since the Hall of Fame first inducted honorees in 1990, drivers in all genres have been heralded, among them Enzo Ferrari, Ettore Bugatti, Richard Petty, Niki Lauda, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser Jr.

Behind the Hall of Fame sits the massive, 140,000-seat Talladega Superspeedway. I missed the last tour of the day, so I did the fitting thing: I went tonight to see the movie, Talladega Nights, right here in Talladega. The Old South town of Talladega 10 miles south of the speedway doesn’t get much play in the movie (which might just has easily have been called Lowe’s Motor Speedway Battle, except it doesn’t have much of a ring to it.) But you get chance enough to see the racetrack, alleviating the guilt I was feeling at missing the tour. It wouldn’t be my top pick of summer movies, but I did find myself laughing a lot.

4 comments:

Debbie Kowalsky said...

Good morning Jane! One part of travel I love is seeing shows. Sounds strange for a road trip, but while you have internet access you might plan ahead for seeing Wicked in Chicago or the new Cirque show in Vegas with Beatles music. Of course, the Country Music Museum and Hall of Fame in Nashville is a must (and I'm not a country music fan, just a fan of good music). Nashville was on our summer road trip and we were impressed by the clubs and the music, but did not make it to Opry Land. Also, just south of Memphis is Tunica which is a gambling mecca few people in South Florida know about. Tried any interesting local diners yet?

Jane said...

Debbie:

Thanks. I am planning to hit the Grand Ole Opry show...actually planned part of the trip around it, and I'm no country music fan. Can't wait to find diners...so far I'm just running so hard I'm not eating much! Best.

Daniel Amat said...

Those cars look really tight and I really like it a lot

Daniel Amat said...

I really like those cars that where seen in the trip