Recent Donation: 1970s West Coast Posters and Programs
by Daniel J. Simone, Ph.D. July 01, 2020
Accession Number: 2019.18
Jim Cornwell shipped three large boxes containing roughly one hundred official programs, posters and other NASCAR-related artifacts from Worcester, Massachusetts, to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in the summer of 2019. During the 1970s, Cornwell served in the United States Air Force as a “boom operator” (inflight refueling technician). He was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base and—with his wife Judy, son Donny, and daughter Sharlene—the Cornwell family attended NASCAR races at Ontario Motor Speedway, Riverside International Raceway, and various short tracks throughout southern California.
Until Cornwell’s generous donation, the NASCAR Hall of Fame only possessed a handful of programs and posters from Riverside, Ontario, and other California short tracks. These artifacts will be used for research purposes and will be digitized to serve as content for some of the new digital interactives featured throughout the NASCAR Hall of Fame.