Adjacent to the Daytona 500 Speedway is a museum, the Daytona 500 Experience, that initially showcased all paraphernalia related to NASCAR and exhibits linked to Daytona 200 motorcycle race as well as two other races. It was set up as an interactive motor sports attraction in 1996 and was open to the public.
In 2005 the Daytona 500 Experience lost its bid to host the NASCAR Hall of Fame and eventually lost many of its attendees. In 2010 due to high operating costs the museum decided to close its doors to the public.
After having its doors closed to the public for four years, it was announced that the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America would relocate to this location. The site was expanded and reopened to the public February of 2017.
It is definitely a museum worth experiencing even if you are not a motor sports aficionado. Lots of great looking cars and lots of memorabilia from days gone by.
The picture above states that: "from 1936 to 1958 the North Turn was the site of thrills and spills as the rumble of the speeding cars and motorcycles rutted the sands of Daytona Beach and roared over the sounds of the Atlantic ocean". We decided to go to the North Turn ( there was a nice watering hole located there) and see if we could get a glimpse and feel the rumble. Instead this is what we saw...