Earnhardt's motor coach on display
by AZIZA JACKSON
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The late Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s 1994 Newell Motor Coach will be on display in the pavilion of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame starting Thursday, Oct. 28 for race weekend.  Guests will be able to take a tour inside of the Motor Coach in its original condition, and experience Earnhardt Sr.’s home on the road during his successful 1994 racing season.
The late Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s 1994 Newell Motor Coach will be on display in the pavilion of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame starting Thursday, Oct. 28 for race weekend. Guests will be able to take a tour inside of the Motor Coach in its original condition, and experience Earnhardt Sr.’s home on the road during his successful 1994 racing season.
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This week, race fans have the opportunity to experience a piece of racing history.

Racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s 1994 Newell Motor Coach is on display in the pavilion of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Museum.

The Motor Coach was donated Oct. 20 to the Hall of Fame by Dave Wright of Ocala, Fla., who presented the keys to Roy McCaig, vice chairman of the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

The Newell Motor Coach only has 74,000 miles on it and will be on display in its original condition the entire race weekend. Guests will be able to go inside the Motor Coach during race weekend only.

"This is a great asset to the IMHOF and we are proud to have it on display for the race fans to see and enjoy," McCaig said.

Earnhardt Sr. is one of America’s most legendary racers. He was born in Kannapolis, N.C., a small town outside of Charlotte and rose through the ranks to take the racing world by storm.

In 2001 at the Daytona 500 race, Earnhardt crashed in Turn 4 of the last lap and died from a basilar skull fracture.

Race fans have never forgotten the imprint Earnhardt left on the racing world.

Earnhardt’s motor coach served as his home while on the road, and he traveled in it from race track to race track, including his 1994 Winston Cup Championship win.

The Newell Motor Coach was purchased on July 25, 1994, by R. Dale Earnhardt Inc. and was the first of the three Newells purchased by Earnhardt.

“It’s the chance of a lifetime for our race guests and Dale Earnhardt fans to see how drivers in the early ‘90s traveled,” IMHOF coordinator Amanda Thomas said.

“It’s one of the top three exhibits that have ever been donated to the museum as far as value.”

Museum hours for race weekend are: Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-noon.

Talladega Superspeedway will also host several concerts and activities for race weekend.

On Friday, Colt Ford will be performing in the Captain’s Quarters in the infield between Eastaboga and Talladega Blvd. Ford is described as a walking, talking 300-pound celebration of country music and living.

Fans who have race tickets for Saturday or Sunday are welcome to attend.

On Saturday, 2-3 p.m., there will be a costume contest in the display area of The Sprint Experience. The SPEED Channel will also be hosting a “spooky scream” contest with a live broadcast on TRACKSIDE at 5:30 for the grand finale. Vendors will be lined up throughout the Display Area with candy for trick-or-treaters.

Saturday night, Captain Morgan and the Morganettes will be partying at the Captain’s Quarters stage.

Festivities will start at 7 p.m. with the Captain Morgan Costume Contest, which will have first-, second-, and third-place winners for the best costume.

At 8 p.m. the Grand Magnolias, formerly known as Hightide Blues, will perform their special blend of “roots rock” with a modern twist.

For more information, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

Contact Aziza Jackson at ajackson@dailyhome.com