Nascar Museum in Charlotte

As the bio of the Nascar Museum states this museum is a shrine to the history and heritage of Nascar. Nascar began in the South with moon shiners and bootleggers developing cars to out pace police vehicles.

The actual still of one of the bootleggers.

Illegal booze was an industry in the South which fed the family so it was key to not be caught by police as delivery of product occurred. The faster the car the less likelihood of being caught.

First Cars

From this home town racing began and in 1947 a man named Bill France got folks together to develop an organized and regulated sport. Since cars were racing on Daytona Beach this was the ideal place to start. Later a racetrack was created nearby which developed into a prestigious race, the Daytona Beach 500. All this is covered to in the museum’s introductory movie so make sure to stop and see that first.

Nascar Founders

The museum hours are 10 to 6 with Tuesday their black out day. Admission is from $25 to $49 with the higher admission giving an opportunity to sit in a car and race on video. Parking is available on the street and in garages. All that said, let’s look further at the place.

After the movie the doors open on to an actual track with race cars. Every 3 months the cars are changed. There are 100 Nascar tracks across America and each one has a different incline and turf.

Cockpit safety is key for this industry and has dramatically reduced injuries. A pit stop for cars during the race takes 12 seconds with 4 tires being changed during this time. On each car sponsors are listed and they range from Cheerios, Wranglers, Staples, Lowe’s, 3M, to Oreos. This is an expensive sport built on rivalry and competition, the American way.

The Hall of Fame where the race lives on allows patrons to hear their favorite drivers speak along with a list of their accomplishments. Below is a case of prizes awarded.

The Martinburg track gives a grandfather clock to the winner. Wonder what you’d do if you won the race 7 times? Alot of clocks to gift others with. 🙂

And then there is the clothing…

All in all, a fun visit and a must see for car enthusiasts. And to think how it all started.

Broadslab Distillery

1925 Ford Model TT

When I first stopped at the North Carolina Visitor Center the gal at the desk encouraged me to stop here during my stay. Me, visit a moonshine place? Then I got off my high horse recalling my grandfather’s “place” during the prohibition days, and succumbed to my curiosity. Here in Benson, North Carolina I met Jeremy Norris, a delightfully unassuming entrepreneur with a mission and one to watch as he develops his agro tourism business further.

Great Place for a wedding

The family ran the farm and moonshine business for 5 generations. They mainly sold produce at a roadside stand and when the interstate came business dried. Jeremy turned to agro tourism to save the farm building structures for weddings and events with the moonshine business starting 7 years ago.

Tasting Room/Bar

When I visited things were in flux as within the next month the tour and tasting will be located on Route 50. Jeremy has added to the tour purchasing a tram to ride folks through his corn fields as he explains how non-GMO corn is grown, soaked as grain, sprouted, dried, and mulled eventually creating moonshine. There also is a movie about the farm, moonshine, and how Broadslab got its name. Want to know? Well, you have to take the tour.

Besides whiskey, rum is also created at Broadslab. Here is a listing of the Distillery’s creations.

  • Broadslab Legacy Shine – This is their #1 best seller. It is clear and traditional moonshine. Very smooth.
  • Broadslab Reserve – Moonshine with a tinge of smoky flavor, brown in color. Drink this straight or on ice, in Manhattans or Old Fashions.
  • Broadslab Apple Shine – This was my favorite. 50% proof made with apple juice and cinnamon sticks, drink over ice.
  • Carolina Coast Rum – This is a spicy rum aged in barrels then taken through the spice tank. Nothing artificial is in this gal. Drink straight, over ice, or add lemonade/ fruit juice.
  • I thought he said there was another rum, however after 4 tastings my handwriting became illegible. 🙂

Prices are competitive running $23-$30 a bottle. All American glass is used and the moonshine is hand sealed. They can bottle 1,000 a day and the moonshine is found in the ABC Store, which is North Carolina’s state liquor store. Jeremy has a good product, however needs a marketing person. Anyone interested out there? Get in on the ground floor as I predict this operation will go far.

So, give it a whirl, go for a visit, take the tour, and try the moonshine.

It’s worth the drive.