What’s all the Buz about?
What’s all the Buz about? Find out in this interview where TheBlock.com gets the inside scoop on the guy who quite possibly “has one of the coolest jobs in the motorsports industry.” TheBlock.com interviews NASCAR Hall of Fame historian, Buz McKim.
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Earlier this week, we caught up with, Buz McKim, a gentleman that has one of the coolest jobs in the motorsports industry: Historian at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now, if you’re a diehard NASCAR fan with a good breadth of history under your belt, you may know Buz’ name from the early part of his career, during the 1970s, in which he designed paint schemes for a number of cars in NASCAR’s premier series – including back-to-back Daytona 500 winners, Benny Parsons and David Pearson in 1975 and 1976.
A lifelong NASCAR fan, Buz was introduced to the sport at a young age through his father who was involved in PR and announcing. An enduring passion for the sport in tow, Buz would later go on to become the Director of Archives for the International Speedway Corporation in 1999 and later, in 2003, Coordinator of Statistical Services for NASCAR’s PR Department.
These days, the wealth of knowledge that he’s acquired over his decades of involvement in the sport has landed him one heck of a unique job title, as the aforementioned Historian at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Appointed to his current position in 2007, Buz is integral in curating many of the artifacts that make up the numerous exhibits at the Hall.
We talked to Buz about a wide range of topics related to the creation of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and its aforementioned exhibits. However, with the Daytona 500 having just passed, we wanted to talk to Buz about the race’s historical significance in the sport, as well as some of the legends who have managed an ever-so-elusive spot in the winner’s circle at Daytona.