April 08, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 8, 2011) – The NASCAR Hall of Fame is set to be featured on “American Pickers,” Monday, April 11 at 9 p.m. EST on HISTORY.
In the episode, “NASCAR Challenge,” “American Pickers” hosts, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz scour the country for relics to help tell the unique history of auto racing. Their first stop is Tiger Tom's auto shop. The veteran racer's collection dates back over half a century and includes must-have items that changed the face of racing. Also in this episode: "Humpy" Wheeler is the former president of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and although his attic is a gold mine, getting him to part with any of his treasures takes serious charm and a charitable strategy. Later, Billy Biscoe was in the pit crew of a NASCAR champion and has a collection of jaw-dropping artifacts that's as impressive as his stories. And, picking takes a back seat when Mike and Frank climb into a pair of vintage racecars for a drag race showdown.
American Pickers is in its second season on HISTORY. Part sleuths, part antiques experts, and part cultural historians - Mike and Frank's adventures bring them to small towns across the country in search of weird and wonderful Americana. Each treasure hunt leads them to fascinating, quirky characters - everyday people with stories that open a window onto American life.
As professional “pickers,” these childhood buddies comb through memorabilia and artifacts, hoping to find treasures among the trash. Sometimes they make a few bucks; and sometimes they walk away with little more than the history of an item.
“American Pickers” is produced for HISTORY by Cineflix Productions. Susan Werbe and Dirk Hoogstra are Executive Producers for HISTORY. Executive Producers for Cineflix Production are Charles Tremayne and Mark Poertner. Simon Lloyd is Producer and Mike Wolfe is Co-Executive Producer. Series Producer is Stephen Pettinger.
Located in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010 and includes artifacts, interactive exhibits, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. NASCARHall.com.