National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show Indianapolis 2012

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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:

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
State: Indianapolis
Country: United States

The National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show

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

The Volo Auto Museum

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A trip to the Volo Auto Museum should be on every car lover’s list of things to do. Situated in the beautiful little village of Volo in Illinois, Chicago, the theme park covers an astounding 30 acre piece of land with an example or original of almost every famous car to have ever existed. Rated as one of the top 100 things to do in Chicago, this 47-year-old auto museum should simply not be missed.

The Volo Auto Museum has long been known as one of the best and largest car collector and sales companies in the world. Its five climate-controlled showrooms have approximately 300 collectible cars on display – most of which have featured in prominent Hollywood movies or TV series. As many as 350 different dealers make use of the museums reputation by displaying their own unique finds at the museum which further adds to the museum’s appeal. If your appetite has been whet, then you are likely trying to imagine just what sort of amazing cars the Volo Auto Museum must have. Well, this family-orientated museum complex is home to the first working Batmobile, the General Lee, Grandpa Munster’s Dragula and the Ferrari Daytona Spyder from Miami Vice. More unusual attractions which appeal to children include the DeLorean from ‘Back to the Future’ and the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine. A variety of antique children’s rides also provide hours of entertainment.

At the Mercantile Mall visitors will find a wonderful variety of automobile-related gifts and souvenirs to remember their trip by. Other facilities include a food court where you can purchase freshly baked, delicious food and an Armed Forces Exhibit which will make you feel as though you are in the heat of battle. A display of well-preserved antique cars will intrigue you while the concept cars from the movies will leave you guessing. There is an entrance fee which differs for children, adults, seniors and those with military ID. Visitors can also make use of the Museum Membership facility whereby they can pay a specified amount for either an annual or lifetime membership. Both memberships allow special access to the museum and related events as well as discounts on food and gifts while the lifetime membership also includes a name inscription and a lifetime of benefits.

Overall the museum is one of the best day outings that you will find in a 50-mile radius of Chicago. It is open every day of the week except for special holidays and should simply not be missed!

NASCAR Memorabilia

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Add NASCAR to your wardrobe! Do you envy fellow spectators at track side for their NASCAR caps? Would you love to carry a NASCAR wallet? How about a tool belt like real pit crew members wear? Top quality leather jackets and stylish cowboy boots really stand out in a crowd, and make distinctive statements even outside the NASCAR racing arena. Clothes and personal accessories are reat ways of adding to your NASCAR enjoyment, and letting the world know of your auto racing passion!

Framed pictures of the tracks at which you have witnessed top races are great for your office and home. Relive the excitement and thunder of NASCAR to brighten up each day! Drapes, floor mats, and wall clocks, are other ways to keep NASCAR within sight and in mind, as you go about the chores of daily life, and when you are away from the NASCAR circuit. They also make for perfect gifts for other NASCAR fanatics who are your friends!

Model cars make for the best NASCAR memorabilia as far as many fans are concerned. You can buy replicas of your favorite cars fused in elegant display units, which add a touch of class to any decor. Personal work space is the best spot for these models in cases, because it keeps you close to NASCAR on the job, and it tells your clients and colleagues about your favorite sport!

NASCAR has an amazing range of objects of everyday use with their endearing symbol to keep you close to the track at all times. You can add to your collection in affordable bits, and build a superb collection over time. It will add to your car racing enjoyments, and blend well with your sportive personality. You can buy any of the huge range of items on the Internet, and have them delivered right to your doorstep. Remember to visit web sites and to check out stores at tracks often, for there are always some great deals going! Many items do not remain in stock for a long time, so you have to make sure that you get your ‘must-haves’ before others lay hand son them! NASCAR collectibles can be as exciting as being a driver!

The National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show

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The National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show, known to regular visitors as NARM, has grown from humble beginnings to become a hugely popular annual event. Held in Indianapolis in conjunction with the Indy 500 Weekend, NARM celebrated their 28th anniversary this past May 25 through 28 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Although the show certainly draws visitors from those who come to town to watch the Indianapolis 500, there is also a solid core of auto racing memorabilia collectors for whom NARM holds pride of place on their calendars.

You might be forgiven for wondering just what does a fan of auto racing memorabilia collect, and how do they get what they need? You also might be surprised by just how much racing memorabilia is out there, and by the fact that sellers of racing collectibles make quite a nice living providing race fans with the memorabilia they crave.

Race memorabilia isn’t restricted to actual “raced” memorabilia, such as a windshield wiper off a winning rally car. It could consist of anything remotely connected to auto racing. Programs are a popular choice for new collectors, as they are usually printed in quantity and taken home by attendees after the race is over. Photos also have their following, autographed by drivers or not. Now, you might pay a couple of dollars for a famous racing driver’s photo, but the same photo, signed and with a valid certificate of authenticity might sell for hundreds of dollars or more. In fact, the sky’s the limit when it comes to racing memorabilia. Actual winning racecars have been auctioned off for more than the price of an average house! Most collectors of racing memorabilia who come to NARM, however, have their sights set much more modestly. Dealers at the show provide a wide range of racing collectibles including racing posters and art, tickets and ticket stubs, racing flags and car parts. NARM has been called “the best-kept secret of the Indy 500 weekend festivities”, but let it be said here: the secret is getting out!