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History will record that on July 25, 1990 twenty of the legends of the global motorsports community were enshrined in a ceremony befitting their accomplishments. In a formal affair hosted by the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum, they, their families and the world will have learned the true meaning of the Hall's creation.
The following day, July 26, the inductees joined officials and dignitaries from the motorsports community in cutting the ribbon on a new 15,000-square-foot-UNOCAL 76 building designed to highlight their place in history. This will be held on the site of the IMHOF adjacent to Talladega Superspeedway at Lincoln, Alabama.
For those on hand and for all who have and will visit in days and years to come, the events and the physical plant serve to remind that those who dream and who pursue with diligence can ascend to greatness.
The induction of the first class in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the ribbon cutting for the building which became its home represent the fruits of a seed idea which was planted more than 25 years ago.
To fully appreciate the events, one must be familiar with the people who planted that seed and who nurtured its growth.
In the late 1960's, the man who had the vision for the IMHOF and museum had just finished construction of an earlier dream in an area known as "Dry Valley" near Talladega, Alabama. Originally named Alabama International Motor Speedway, it was the realization of NASCAR founder William H.G. "Bill" France Sr.'s desire to build the fastest, and largest, superspeedway in the world.
In early 1970, France had hired a successful short track racing promoter by the name of Don Naman to manage the facility. In his first conversations with his new manager, France shared the dream we now know as the IMHOF. As Naman recalls, France talked of the need for a "museum and hall of fame to preserve the history of motorsports and honor those who had contributed to its growth."
As France shared his dream for such a facility, a number of local and state elected officials and civic leaders in Alabama and around the nation lent support to the idea. Talladega, Alabama businessmen Billy McGehee, Travis McCaig and the late Mrs. Jean Brandli of Pell City, were chief among those early supporters.
In 1975, the first major step was realized when then-Governor George C. Wallace appointed an 18-member commission to oversee the effort to create the IMHOF museum. Mrs. Brandli served as its first chairman.
During her tenure an unsuccessful attempt was made to secure passage of a state bond issue to finance construction of the first phase of the facility. When the issue did not pass, France decided to underwrite the project himself. Part of that effort was the donation of 35 acres of land adjacent to what is now Talladega Superspeedway which served as the site of the project.
As health problems forced Brandli to reduce her level of involvement, State Senator Gerald Dial assumed the helm of the commission. Through continued diligence and support of many prominent business and civic leaders, they were able to bring about creation of the museum building.

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Groundbreaking ceremonies
March 27, 1981

Ground breaking ceremonies for the first phase of the facility were held on the site on March 27, 1981. Serving as members of the Commission at that time, in addition to Mrs. Brandli, Dial, Mr. McCaig and McGehee, were Messers Mark Bowen, Benny J. Camp, Ralph Collins, Hank Fannin, Sunny King, Winston Legge, William Moss, Fred Sington, Phil Smith, Bobby Davis, Charles Osborne, Tom Wright, Governor Wallace; Dr's Kenneth L. Harris and James L. Hardwick; Lincoln Mayor Lew Watson and Judges Walker Hobbie and Kyser Leonard. Mr Andy Allred served as first Executive Director.
In the Spring of 1983, ribbon cutting for the $2 million facility was held. The first phase included opening of the rotunda; welcoming area and gift shop; museum offices; offices for the International Speedway Corporation; ticket office; and the first two exhibit halls. They were promptly named the "Daytona Room," for racing memorabilia centering around racing on the beach in Daytona, Florida; and the International Room, which contained a large and varied collection of racing memorabilia.
Since its opening, donations and support have come from throughout the motorsports community and the automobile industry. Presently the museum houses some 100 exhibits valued at more than $6 million. "Nothing (insofar as exhibits)," according to Naman, "has ever been purchased." If you have something you'd like to discuss donating to the Hall of Fame, please CONTACT them.
In addition to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the facility also houses other Halls of Fame. These include the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Hall of Fame; the Western Auto Mechanics Hall of Fame; the Quarter Midgets of America Hall of Fame; the World Karting Hall of Fame; and the Alabama Sports-writers Hall of Fame.
All in all, the museum has something for everyone. Located just off Interstate 20, south of Talladega, it is open daily from 9-5 p.m. Now thanks to the vision of a few and the efforts of many, the IMHOF realizes its true mission, the enshrinement of the greats of motorsports.

TOP 10 Race Car Drivers of the 20th Century
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A.J. Foyt No. 1: A.J. Foyt
His name is synonymous with the Indianapolis 500. He won four times at Indy. But A.J. Foyt did much more than that to be named RPM 2Night's No. 1 driver of the 20th Century.
Richard Petty No. 2: Richard Petty
The best Winston Cup ever saw, Richard Petty ranks No.2 with RPM 2Night. No. 1 must be pretty special. Petty won 200 races and seven championships in his career.
Mario Andretti No. 3: Mario Andretti
He won Daytona, Indy and a world championship in F1. Mario Andretti won all around the world and wound up No. 3 on RPM 2Night's list of 20th Century drivers.
Dale Earnhardt No. 4: Dale Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt won seven Winston Cup titles and the '98 Daytona 500. RPM 2Night puts the Intimidator at No. 4 among drivers of the 20th Century.
David Pearson No. 5: David Pearson
He's second only to Richard Petty in career wins with 105. David Pearson also won three Winston Cup championships. RPM 2Night ranks him fifth among drivers of the 20th Century.
Dan Gurney No. 6: Dan Gurney
It didn't matter where Dan Gurney raced, he seemed to win. It's this versatility that makes him RPM 2Night's choice at No. 6 in its list of 20th Century racers.
Rick Mears No. 7: Rick Mears
His fourth Indianapolis 500 victory came in 1991, but it was what Rick Mears accomplished along the way that ranks him No. 7 on RPM 2Night's list of 20th Century drivers.
Al Unser Sr. No. 8: Al Unser Sr.
His record fourth victory at Indianapolis in 1987 was both shocking and emotional. But it served as a crowning achievement for RPM 2Night's eighth ranked driver of the 20th Century
Cale Yarborough No. 9: Cale Yarborough
Three-time Winston Cup champion Cale Yarborough comes in at No. 9 in RPM 2Night's list of the 20th Century's greatest racers
John Force No. 10: John Force
He won all but one Funny Car title in the 90's and is among the most recognized faces in NHRA. John Force comes in 10th on RPM 2Night's list of the greatest racers of the 20th Century.
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