The 34th annual National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show returns to Indianapolis on May 24, 25 and 26 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Our Land Pavilion.
This long-standing fixture of the Indy 500 weekend attracts collectors, fans and dealers from around the world. It’s the absolute best venue to not only purchase that unique Indy 500 souvenir, but the most opportune place to sell your racing collectibles items.
In these trying economic times, two groups of racing collectors have emerged: those that are unaffected by the economy, and those that are giving a considerable amount of thought to making the decision to sell some of their collectibles. You’d be very hard-pressed to find a better opportunity than at this event to buy, or to unload some of your Indy 500 items. Attendees can obtain a free appraisal on up to three (3) of their items on Saturday.
The Show has a proven and certified annual attendance. There is convenient parking in paved lots. The Show aisles are wide and handicapped accessible. Concessions are in the hall. Rain, or shine, there is a crowd. The Indiana State Fairgrounds is one of the State’s great venues- the NFL hosted six events here this past February at Super Bowl XLVI.
Saturday is Family Day and all daily admission prices are detailed on the Show’s website. The 58th running of the Hoosier Hundred takes place at the Fairgrounds Friday evening beginning at 8:00.Visit the website at: www.NARMShow.com.
Dates: 24, 25 and 26 May 2012
Times: Thursday from 4:00-8:00; Friday from 2:00-8:00 and Saturday from 9:30-5:00
Venue: Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Our Land Pavilion
Country: United States
The National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show – the premier Indy 500 collectibles event in the USA – will celebrate its 33rd gathering this May 27 and 28 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. A long-time fixture on the calendar of events associated with the running of the World’s Most Famous Race, the event can brag that it is America’s second-oldest sports memorabilia show. This is the Original!
In this, the Centennial Year of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, what better way to celebrate the history and tradition than a trip down Memory Lane? You’ll find it all here, in one trip, one stop, under one roof. Three of the Show’s biggest fans have been Andy Granatelli, Chris Economacki and Robin Miller.
Any long-standing show such as this offers three key elements to the attendee: the opportunities to Buy, Sell and Trade.
BUY: You’ll be able to find mementoes and souvenirs, or additions to your collection, that you’ll find nowhere else in town. Want a race crew-used shirt or a ticket stub from the race the year you were born? How about a photo of the winning driver from your first Indy 500? The Show also features programs, ticket stubs, pit badges, advertising signs, driver suits, helmets, original Speedway bricks, intricate die-cast cars, autographed pictures, pins, and anything else racing-related you can think of. Exhibitors flock to this event from across the United States and several foreign countries to offer their collectibles for sale.
Margaret Stempel, of Maryland, a Show regular, commented, “My family likes the Show. The relatives we bring with us enjoy it, and I absolutely love it. There’s something here for everyone.”
SELL: For any true aficionado of racing collectibles, there is always the possibility that you will be holding items that you either have duplicates of, or items you no longer wish to collect. Perhaps a death in the family has left you with a loved-one’s collection, or a friend has asked you if there’s a place you know of where these items could bring a good and fair price. Free appraisals (up to 3 items) are available on Saturday only. The Show has ready and willing vendors who all sport one thing- cash- if you should decide to sell!
John Douglas of Lebanon, Indiana, one of the Show’s owners states, “I buy Indy 500 memorabilia all year long. But, in the two days of the Show, I buy as many items as I do in the other 363.” The current economy has contributed to the increased supply of items being sold, for sure.
There are few better places to sell racing-related collectibles than the NARM Show.
TRADE: Trading is definitely an option for the collector. While you may not come out ahead, most vendors at the Show will consider trades if they can diversify their inventory, or monetarily, the transaction is to their advantage. That’s not a bad scenario, either, in this economy.
Mike Reeves, a long-time attendee from Ohio, added, “I bring stuff to trade every year. Sometimes it all works out and I get a few things I really want without laying out cash I really don’t have. Other times I happen to stumble across another collector who’s looking for what I threw in to my attaché. I’m seldom disappointed.”
The Show hours are Friday, May 27 from 2:00-8:00. (Hoosier Hundred starts at 8:00 adjacent to the Show’s Our Land Pavilion location); and Saturday from 9:30 until 5:00. Admission is $10.00 on Friday and $7.00 on Saturday. Young people, ages 7-14 are $3 each day. Former Indy 500 race drivers and personalities will be present both days to meet fans, take photos and sign autographs.
Article contributed by: John Douglas
Almost 120 thousand visitors descend on the Charlotte Motor Speedway each year, to marvel at more than two thousand vehicles and the approximate ten thousand vendor stores which offer everything from collector’s items to vehicle spares. This year over fifty clubs will be participating, from 8 to 11 April 2010, and it is going to be an event filled with magnificent cars and memorabilia, that motoring fans will not want to miss out on.
For more information in regard to the show and ticket pricing, visit the official Spring Food Lion Auto Fair website at http://www.charlotte-autofair.com/.
Date: 8 – 11 April 2010
Venue: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Country: United States of America
What began as essentially a “swap meet” among a relatively small group of racing collectible enthusiasts has now reached its 30th Anniversary. The National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show has experienced a colorful and successful evolution and is now solidly associated as one of the unique events tied to the running of the Indianapolis 500.
In 1979, the first gathering of Indy 500 memorabilia collectors took place at the old Howard Johnson’s Motel on Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis. After a few years at the HoJo, the event moved into the newly constructed Indianapolis Convention Center. In 2005 the annual show moved to the Indiana State Fairgrounds where it is currently held.
The event is now the second-oldest continually operated sports memorabilia show in the country. Each year thousands of auto racing aficionados converge on the site of the Show to buy, sell and trade items that would be difficult, or impossible, to find anywhere else in town, on that weekend. The dealers come from literally all corners of the U.S. and some foreign countries. The fans come from an even more diverse list of home towns. If you are looking for unique souvenirs, sought-after items for the well-established collection, or one-of-a-kind artifacts, the NARM Show presents your best possibilities for success. You can find crew-used uniforms, driver autographs, programs back to the 20s, pieces of car bodywork, photos, artwork, advertising pieces and so much more.
Some details for 2008 are:
Friday, May 23 1:00 PM- 7:30 PM
30th Annual National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show at the State Fairgrounds.
In the Pioneer Our Land Pavilion.
Includes personal appearances by: Jerry Grant and long-time 500 veteran drivers Gary Bettenhausen and Mel Kenyon.
Advice from Chris Economaki: “If you are coming to Indy for the Race, you don’t want to miss this!”
NARM Show has been labeled for years by Andy Granatelli as, “The best-kept secret of the 500 Weekend.”
Adult Friday admission is $10 for the general public.
Saturday, May 24 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM.
30th Annual National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show at the State Fairgrounds.
In the Pioneer Our Land Pavilion.
Includes personal appearances by 1960 Indy 500 winner Jim Rathmann, Midget and Indy car star Mel Kenyon, Indy veterans Jerry Sneva and Bob Harkey, and possibly Mr. 500: Andy Granatelli.
Speed Channel’s Robin Miller says, “This show is terrific. I never, ever, miss it.”
Adult Saturday admission is $7 to the general public. Admission for Young Persons, ages 7-14, is $3 each day.
Drag Racing is probably one of the fastest and most dangerous sports in the world. It takes a brave and fearless driver to get behind the wheel and face speeds of approximately three hundred miles per hour. And when it comes to respected and legendary Drag Racing drivers, Bruce Litton is your man. This magnificent racing driver has led a balanced life as a driver, husband of more than twenty eight years, dedicated father and successful businessman. He is a role model to young aspiring racing drivers and an inspiration to those around him.
Bruce Litton started his racing career as a motorcycle racer and decided to move over to drag racing after hanging up his motorcycle gloves. In 1992, he started taking drag racing seriously, entering the Top Dragster Quick 8 racing program. His natural talent and flair for this thrilling sport was soon evident as he raked in winning positions in eleven national drag racing events and took the championship title three seasons in a row. After enjoying successful racing seasons, Bruce Litton decided to take on a bigger challenge in 1995 as a Top Fuel drag racing champion.
Now, looking back on eleven Top Fuel seasons, it seems that there is just no slowing down this energetic and greatly skilled drag racing driver. His determination and the dedication of this Lucas Oil Team has seen him through many victories, disappointments and close calls, but has led to him winning numerous awards, such as Sportsman of the Year and Iron Man trophies. On the business side of things, Bruce Litton runs a distribution company that specializes in truck conversions and trailer sales. But one of the most rewarding features in Litton’s life must be the completion of his racing shop that took four agonizing years to rebuild, after a devastating fire in 2001.
On entering the shop, you realize that you have just stepped into Oneida, Litton’s hometown until the age of ten, which takes you back to yesteryear. Here you will find the life-size Mobil Gas Station, with all its trimmings and memorabilia. Tires from the time period are awaiting fitting, oil charts are against the wall and batteries to give new life to vehicles. Webb Brothers Hardware is on the corner, with a customers’ 1920 bicycle leaning against the wall. The Sherrifs office, Scott Movie Theatre, Clyde’s Barber Shop, the Chapel, Phillips Drive-In and Troxel Motors with its sales floor filled with breathtaking vehicles of the time welcome visitors. Walking through this magnificent recreation, of which no detail has been left undone, makes visitors feel as if the town will jump to life at any moment.
And of course, at the back, stands the dragster and transporter, ready for their next road trip to an upcoming racing event. Bruce Litton is an all round success story that looks towards the future and to greater things.