Finding a Gem for the NASCAR Hall of Fame
There are more than two dozen race cars on display in the NASCAR Hall of Fame at any given time and none of them belong to the Hall. Where do these cars come from? Who owns them? Over the past five years, we have located over 300 race cars and we have entered as much information on them as possible into our database. Leads on the location of these former competitors come from car clubs, old friends, magazine articles and people who know someone, who knows someone who has a car, etc. When the opportunity arises to develop a new display for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the exhibit team discusses possible cars to enhance the story. Then they go to work to locate the best car possible to represent story.
One such car is the magnificent orange K&K Insurance number 71 Dodge Daytona featured on Glory Road. This is one of the most iconic cars in NASCAR history and it represents what is called the “Aerowars” of NASCAR which pitted super-aerodynamic designs offered by both Chrysler Corporation and Ford Motor Co. as they vied for big track supremacy during the 1969-1970 NASCAR seasons. Legendary driver Bobby Isaac wheeled this creation on his way to the 1970 NASCAR championship.
The K&K Dodge car is owned by Tim Wellborn of Alexander City, Al. According to Tim, “The NASCAR Hall of Fame is where this remarkable machine belongs. I’m thrilled to be able to show the car in one of the world’s greatest facilities. I hope the NASCAR fans enjoy it.” Not only is Tim a world-class car collector, but he also sits on the board of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Museum at Talladega Superspeedway. Mr. Wellborn and his wife Pam also own the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum in Alexander City, which houses the largest collection of Dodge cars in the nation. The collection is located, appropriately enough, in a former car dealership and is pure heaven for anyone who recalls the glory days of big block, high-horsepower fire breathers which Detroit turned out on a regular basis.