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Buz’s Tie to the American Pickers Finds

We currently have some items from the recent American Pickers show on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and a few of them have interesting histories.

Do you remember the twisted seat from the 1982 Daytona 500 featured in the show? It came out of a car owned by “Tiger Tom” Pistone and driven by Tighe Scott from Pen Argyl, Pa. Scott blew a tire and hit the wall on Lap 81 knocking him out of the race. In a twist of irony, I did all the sign painting on that car in January 1982 for Tom when I had my sign business in Florida.

Another item that has a great story to tell is the Richard Petty car door. It is badly bent and after some detective work here at the Hall, we solved the mystery of how it got in that shape. In September 1965, Lee Roy Yarbrough drove the #43 in a race at Richmond, Va. in place of Richard. During a caution period in the race, Yarbrough slid off the track and hit a light pole in the infield area of the track, ending his chances to finish the race. The damage to the door is indicative of a meeting with something tall, unmoving and narrow, like a light pole.

Both of these artifacts were showcased on HISTORY’s American Pickers in the “NASCAR Challenge” episode. Let us know what you thought of the show!

American Pickers Exhibit Case




  • ScottinDallas - April 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm
    The American Pickers show was good and interesting; however, the presentation had the feeling that everything was set up in advance.
  • M. Wolfe - September 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm
    I think those objects are AWESOME! They are definitely not garbage and well worth the money that the "Pickers" spent.
  • Frank Fritz - September 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm
    The pickers did a great job on this one- a genuine Petty door from a car driven by Yarborough AND a humidor on lease for many months from a NASCAR stakeholder. Can't wait to see the "pickers" in action again!
  • Danieele D. - September 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm
    I think this was the BEST "pick" ever! The items are genuine and most aren't on loan.

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