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NASCAR Hall of Fame Unveils “The King’s Hat” Art Installation

One-of-a-Kind Statue Celebrates Hall of Famer Richard Petty and the Petty Family for 75 Years of Success and Leadership in NASCAR.

Petty Extended Family after The King's Hat unveiling at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Charlotte, N.C. (July 8, 2024) – NASCAR Hall of Fame today unveiled “The King’s Hat,” a nearly 1,000-pound, six-foot handcrafted cowboy hat specially designed with images reflecting the deep connection between “The King” of NASCAR Richard Petty, the Petty family, and the NASCAR Hall. The Petty family is synonymous with racing, and the Charlie 1 Horse cowboy hat is synonymous with Richard Petty, making a cowboy hat the perfect icon to acknowledge the Pettys’ accomplishments and influence over the past 75 years. Thirty members of the Petty family were present for the unveiling.

“The NASCAR Hall of Fame is proud to serve as the recognized home for honoring NASCAR’s legends, evolving history, celebrated heritage and family-oriented traditions,” said Winston Kelley, Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “The Petty family’s impact on NASCAR is incalculable and goes far beyond their remarkable accomplishments on the racetrack. We are honored to add The King’s Hat to our celebration of their unparalleled legacy, marking their 75 years of success and leadership in NASCAR.”

The Petty family has been closely involved with the NASCAR Hall of Fame since its inception and throughout our more than 14 years of operation. The first artifact announced for display at the Hall was Richard’s iconic 1967 Plymouth that won a record 36 races over a two-year span. Since opening in 2010, four family members have been inducted: Richard Petty, Inaugural Class of 2010; Lee Petty, Class of 2011; Dale Inman (cousin), 2012; and Maurice Petty, 2014. The accomplishments of these “Forever Legends” are enshrined for generations of NASCAR fans and guests to honor and celebrate.

“It’s been a family affair,” Richard Petty said. “Our family has expanded all over the United States because of the people that built parts for us to make it all work. Petty Enterprises put it together. We’re just proud that the family is still working, and we look forward to a lot more years.”

The Pettys have generously loaned vehicles and artifacts to the NASCAR Hall which allows the museum to tell parallel histories of NASCAR and the Petty family. Two cars associated with the family are currently on display as part of the “Glory Road: 75 Years” exhibit reflecting NASCAR’s rich, deep and wide 75-year history: Richard Petty’s No. 43 Dodge Charger (1973) and Adam Petty’s No. 45 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (2000). Glory Road is the extraordinary, banked display of historic cars at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Numerous other artifacts from the Petty family and their iconic team, Petty Enterprises, are prevalent throughout the Hall.

The larger-than-life signature hat symbolizes the Pettys’ indelible NASCAR legacy through momentous photography and the iconic Petty blue. The art installation will be on display for fans and guests to enjoy as another way to honor Richard Petty’s legacy as a hero and ambassador in the sport, which contributed to his inaugural Hall of Famer status. The King’s Hat is part of celebrations in 2024 to mark 75 years of the Petty family’s success in NASCAR. The initiative includes 28 unique versions of The King’s Hat at racetracks across the country and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Photographs incorporated in The King’s Hat specially designed by the NASCAR Hall of Fame include:

  • Maurice Petty in front of Superbird in his Hall of Honor exhibit – January 30, 2014
  • Kyle Petty and Maurice’s sons (Timmy, Mark, Ritchie) at Lee Petty’s Hall of Honor induction – May 23, 2011
  • Kyle Petty selfie with his son Adam’s No. 45 car on Glory Road – January 19, 2023
  • Maurice Petty during media interviews at his induction – January 29, 2014
  • Lee Petty’s No. 42 car on inaugural Glory Road 2010
  • Richard, Kyle, and Adam Petty photo
  • Maurice Petty changing front tires on the car of his brother, Richard.
  • The four generations of Pettys – Lee, Richard, Maurice, Kyle, Ritchie, Mark, Timmy, Adam, and Austin
  • Kyle Petty presenting his dad, Richard Petty, with his NHOF ring during inaugural NHOF induction ceremony – May 23, 2010
  • Richard Petty congratulating his brother, Maurice, on his induction announcement – May 22, 2013
  • Richard Petty No. 43 car in Hall of Honor – May 2010
  • Richard Petty and Dale Inman on the red carpet at 2024 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction – January 19, 2024
  • Richard Petty getting out of one of his seven championship winning cars at NHOF Grand Opening – May 11, 2010
  • Richard Petty and Maurice Petty showing NHOF rings at Maurice’s induction – January 29, 2014
  • Dale Inman at NHOF podium presenting his induction acceptance speech – January 20, 2012
  • Richard Petty signing autographs prior to inaugural NHOF induction ceremony – May 23, 2010
  • Richard Petty’s No. 43 on inaugural Glory Road (first artifact announced) in 2010


About NASCAR Hall of Fame Located in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, the 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, includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and the NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop. Opened on May 11, 2010, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

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