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#4700550 - 03/20/18 10:37 AM Richard Petty Museum visit
gman2304 Offline


Registered: 08/11/11
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Loc: n.c.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9LFgsLQATc
Myself and 3 friends visited the Petty Museum in Level Cross N.C. yesterday and had a great time. We were getting ready to leave after about 2 hours and Richard came into the museum and greeted us like we were family members. We talked for about 10 minutes and took some pics and he signed a friends hat for him. My friend told him he is a big fan and originally from Massachusetts, and Richard told him when he heard him speak he assumed he was from Alabama. That got a big laugh. The link is a video of a British reporter going for a ride in Petty's 1970 Plymouth Superbird on the roads near the museum. The audio alone is worth watching. The Superbird is started at about 6:30 in the video. If you are within 50 miles of the museum, it's well worth a detour to visit the Petty Museum.

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#4700555 - 03/20/18 10:47 AM Re: Richard Petty Museum visit [Re: gman2304]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
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Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
I gotta say that in 1970 or 71 a bunch of us saw Richard Petty win the Acme/SuperSaver 500 at Mt. Pocono Racetrack.

I took a great photo of #43 crossing he finish line.
The irony here is that I'm not the world's biggest fan.
However, whenever I show anyone the picture they fall to their knees as if before a saint.
And it sure ain't me.

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#4700578 - 03/20/18 11:16 AM Re: Richard Petty Museum visit [Re: Kira]
gman2304 Offline


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Originally Posted By: Kira
I gotta say that in 1970 or 71 a bunch of us saw Richard Petty win the Acme/SuperSaver 500 at Mt. Pocono Racetrack.

I took a great photo of #43 crossing he finish line.
The irony here is that I'm not the world's biggest fan.
However, whenever I show anyone the picture they fall to their knees as if before a saint.
And it sure ain't me.[quote]

I grew up 30 miles from the Petty race shop and have to say I agree somewhat. The popularity of Richard Petty is based upon him being 'one of us'. I have seen him in restaurants, while visiting a family member in the local hospital, at a farmers market, and he will always speak and exchange greetings. I didn't request a pic or autograph yesterday but know he would have complied if I had. If there is a more personable 'personality' on the planet, I would like to meet him/her. Richard Petty is a genuinely nice guy, the 'real deal' and never forgot where he came from.


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#4700801 - 03/20/18 02:34 PM Re: Richard Petty Museum visit [Re: gman2304]
LeakySeals Offline


Registered: 02/18/11
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Loc: Hudson, NH
Interesting mustache he's sporting. That car blew its engine in lap 7 of the 1970 Daytona 500.
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#4700815 - 03/20/18 02:50 PM Re: Richard Petty Museum visit [Re: LeakySeals]
gman2304 Offline


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Originally Posted By: LeakySeals
Interesting mustache he's sporting. That car blew its engine in lap 7 of the 1970 Daytona 500.
That's right, but Pete Hamilton won the 1970 Daytona 500 in a Petty Enterprises owned and prepared Hemi Superbird. The only difference in the two cars was Hamilton's car had a front fascia painted red so the pit crews could distinguish which was Petty and which was Hamilton during pit stops.

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#4700883 - 03/20/18 04:12 PM Re: Richard Petty Museum visit [Re: gman2304]
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I think he just passed?
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#4700932 - 03/20/18 04:55 PM Re: Richard Petty Museum visit [Re: LeakySeals]
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Originally Posted By: LeakySeals
I think he just passed?
Pete Hamilton died 3/21/17, 1 year ago tomorrow.

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