For immediate release May 28, 2010
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
(DES MOINES) – Three sprint cars from the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville are making a pit stop this summer at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines.
The cars and several racing-related artifacts from the museums’ collections are on display this week through September in honor of the Knoxville National Sprint Car Championships, held each August since 1961 at the Knoxville Raceway.
“Auto racing has become the most popular spectator sport in the country, and people can see these cars and artifacts up close this summer at the Historical Museum,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson said. “This is a terrific opportunity for racing fans and others to get a greater understanding of the history of sprint car racing in Iowa.”
Following is description of the sprint cars now on display at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines:
In addition, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and the State Historical Museum have several racing-related artifacts on display, including posters and promotional materials from the movie “Fever Heat,” which was filmed in Iowa in 1968.
“Fever Heat” starred Nick Adams and Jeannine Riley, whose credits include the popular television program “Petticoat Junction.” The movie was written and filmed by Heartland Productions of West Des Moines.
The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.