NASCAR Legends Honored in Mooresville Walk of Fame
Is that Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip – in cement?
The latest racing-related attraction in Mooresville, the North Carolina Auto Racing Walk of Fame, was installed here in 2009. It features etched brick pavers inside a long sidewalk on Main Street in downtown Mooresville, in front of the Charles Mack Citizen Center.
“John Dodson with the NASCAR Technical Institute, Don Miller with the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame and I started talking about this idea six years ago, and now the Walk of Fame is a reality,” says Ron Johnson, chairman of the Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Mooresville CVB paid for the project, and visitors can enjoy seeing some of the top drivers in NASCAR history who are permanently enshrined in the exhibit.”
When the sidewalk opened, a total of 13 racing greats became inaugural inductees when their images were etched in the concrete. Drivers in that first class included Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Tim Flock, Benny Parsons, David Pearson, Ned Jarrett, Darrell Waltrip and Junior Johnson.
“Every October, another driver will be added to the Walk of Fame,” Johnson says. “In October 2009, A.J. Foyt became the 14th driver inducted.”
The Walk is somewhat comparable to Hollywood’s famous Boulevard of Stars, and the attraction is free and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“This is a really interesting exhibit and one that is perfect for Race City USA,” Johnson says. “The etchings of each driver show them as they would be most familiar to race fans. For example, Richard Petty is etched with his famed sunglasses and cowboy hat, while Dale Earnhardt is portrayed with his trademark sunglasses. The Walk is a great addition to the streets of downtown Mooresville.”