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I'm Jealous of Charlotte

Posted on: May 13, 2010 3:05 am
 
This week saw the opening of what looks like the best hall of fame in this country anyway, the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  It is a near 200 Million project in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, smack dab in the middle of traditional stock car country.  From what I've seen and heard in the media, it chronicles the rich history of NASCAR and stock car racing from many series all over the country.  It has exhibits, memorabilia, interactive displays, and an excitement that finally, after 60 years, a sport has a place to honor it's own.  Just one little itty-bitty problem.  D2Moo is jealous, and badly jealous at that.

Why am I so full of jealousy.  I wanted it here, in the heart of the Midwest, in my home area of KC.  Yes, i know that NASCAR's roots are Southern, and the Hall was built exactly where it should have been, in the Carolinas.  Yet in my heart. I wanted it here.  Here where it was more readily accessible to NASCAR fans and auto sports fans from everywhere in the country.  Not all the fans were from the Southeast.  Racing has a colorful history in the heartland, and Wisconsin, and Iowa, and Texas.  KC is a cheap flight form the West Coast and Southwest.  A beautiful HOF on a bluff, overlooking I-70 and I-435 in Kansas, less than two minutes from the Kansas Speedway would have been an ideal showcase and easily accessible too.  It would also cap a great tourist destination that already has places to eat, shop, a huge Schlitterbahn water park, a soccer stadium, a minor league stadium, the Speedway, lots of hotels, and a Hard Rock Casino going up in turn two of the Speedway as well.  Oh, did I mention there are a lot of places to eat.  I don't know what is in downtown Charlotte, but I bet you can't go down a water slide there.

So I'll settle for being happy that NASCAR finally built their palace to honor the sport.  Maybe all those extra exhibits could make their way here someday, at a smaller but heavily visited NASCAR Museum West.  It will be sitting on that same bluff overlooking hundreds of thousands of vehicles going by every week.  And seeing all those cars from the past, and the vintage videos will help me finally want to head for Charlotte and see the Big Hall.  Yes, someday I'll get there for very sure.

As soon as all the green leaves my eyes.  That friends, will take a while.

And they build that huge water slide within walking distance.
Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2010 3:01 pm
 

I'm Jealous of Charlotte

Egant, thanks for your input.  I realized that when the process bagan.  Charlotte or Daytona were the only sites NASCAR should have considered.  Homerism does run deeply in me, just like many others.  From what I have seen, they did an excellent job with the HOF.

Access to any HOF has to be a consideration.  Most of them are not far from the bulk of the population east of the Mississippi River and rightfully so, or are in places where the sport started. 

I have been to the Carolinas and always have enjoyed my stay.  Good folks there.  Hope to make it to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a race someday. 



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2010 9:51 am
 

I'm Jealous of Charlotte

To Tinman188 - then why post at all?
I've heard the argument for placing this or that in the midwest or central US before with it's easy access from anywhere in the country, and while it is more centrally located, no top 30 city in the US is any harder or easier to access than any other.  Sure Charlotte a longer trip from St. Louis, but it's a shorter trip from Atlanta, and if you jump on a plane from someplace like CA, do you really care if the flight is three hours or five?  Probably not - and least not for something like this. You can't convince me that any one spot for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, or any HOF for that matter, would be better because of geographical location.  I've been to the NFL HOF twice, and it's not exactly on the beaten path (from Charlotte, where I live).  Canton is a fine town that I'm sure is thriving in part due to the HOF, but my point is if it's important to people, they'll visit, regardless of locale.  Look at Cooperstown - another fine place with good people and not a place that's easy to get to for most of the U.S.  Yet every year people come from all over the country, and world, to roam around the hallowed halls of the MLB HOF.  
Don't get me wrong, I'm not speaking ill of KC at all.  It's a great town with fantastic people and good barbeque (of course when you visit here you'll have to try some good ol' Carolina BBQ).  But when you look at why they chose the Carolinas, with it's NASCAR racing roots, it's clear why many people feel they chose the correct, and only place, NASCAR should have.  



Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2010 4:06 pm
 

I'm Jealous of Charlotte

its cars driving in circles over and over and over again.  Who cares? 



Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2010 11:36 am
 

I'm Jealous of Charlotte

At least you guys in KC have a baseball team!



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2010 7:31 pm
 

I'm Jealous of Charlotte

While you can go down many water slides here in Tampa, none are in downtown.  I think the HOF should have been in Daytona, but I can see why Charlotte, too.  Especially since Charlotte is more readily accessable to more of the country.  NASCAR only taking five per year will take several years to catch up getting all those who need enshrinement in before it becomes a true process.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2010 6:31 pm
 

I'm Jealous of Charlotte

Well, then I have no excuse whatsoever now.  Have to go ASAP.  Maybe in 2011.

Now I'm really jealous. 



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2010 1:07 pm
 

I'm Jealous of Charlotte

 I don't know what is in downtown Charlotte, but I bet you can't go down a water slide there
Actually, you can.  We have Ray's Splash Planet in downtown Charlotte.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2010 12:13 pm
 

I'm Jealous of Charlotte

Great read Moo, and I can see why you are jealous. KC is a great city, was there once. There are a lot of good places to eat most notably, and as much as I hate the Royals, I love their stadium.


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