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Delaware Auto Racing exhibit opens Aug. 17 at Seaford Museum

Aug 12, 2013
Courtesy of: Ken Covey collection Norris "Speedy" Reed gasses up the Smithville Farms No. 83 during a pit stop at Dover Downs in 1974.

The Seaford Museum, 203 High St., Seaford will debut a first-of-its-kind exhibit Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Webb Room of the museum, formerly the Seaford Post office.  The exhibit is based on the 2012 book, "Delaware Auto Racing," published by Arcadia Press. Like the book, this exhibit will bring back memories and present the sparkling contributions that the Diamond State has made to this national sport.

Artifacts from many local collections will be on display, many of which haven’t been seen in decades. One of the benchmark pieces will be the Delaware State Fair Stock Car Races Trophy that was established in 1982 to honor the overall best performance at the Harrington Fairgrounds each year.

Artifacts, photos, posters, programs, newspaper clippings, driving suits and helmets, race car parts and pieces will all be on display. The racing venues that have gone away and those that live on will be represented. Most importantly, the men and women that have forged this rich history in the First State and on the Delmarva Peninsula will be showcased.

The exhibit will be open from 1 to 4 p.m., Aug. 17.  Motorsports personalities will be on hand to chat. In addition, there will be vintage race cars on display in the museum’s parking lot.

Museum hours are from 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult. The exhibit runs through Nov. 17.

 

This is a regulation NASCAR fuel can used to fuel the Smithville Farms No. 83 during the 1974 Winston Cup Season. The team was owned by Norris "Speedy" Reed and was based in Federalsburg, Md. (Source: Submitted)
This Delaware State Fair Stock Car Races Championship Trophy, established in 1982 to honor the best overall finish in each year's two stock car race nights during fair week, will be one of the artifacts on display at the Seaford Museum. The first winner was Georgetown Late Model driver Lou Johnson. (Source: Submitted)
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