Richard Petty Museum completes move, re-opens

March 12, 2014, Staff report,

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held to open museum to the public in Level Cross, N.C.

The Richard Petty Museum has completed the move back to its original home in Level Cross, N.C., and the occasion was marked with a re-opening ceremony on Wednesday.

The museum is now at the site of Petty Enterprises in Level Cross, which was its original home from 1988 until 2003. Space demands caused the museum to temporarily relocate to Randleman, N.C. After Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony, it is now open to the public.

Among the locations to be marked as historical landmarks Wednesday were the "A-Frame Building," which was the first home for Petty Engineering, and the Lee Petty House, which was the birthplace of Richard Petty and his brother, Maurice. Maurice Petty was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January.

The new museum features exhibits of the Petty family's four members in the Hall of Fame (Lee, Richard, Maurice and Dale Inman), as well as exhibit of "Mr. and Mrs. The King" from the Pixar film "Cars." There is also an exhibit of the family's contributions to stock car racing as well as memorabilia and personal Petty collections.

"It's just good to have it back home and open for everyone to come see us," seven-time premier series champion Richard Petty said in a release. "We're really showing a lot of history here on the grounds where my daddy built the race team. It's something we hope the fans come see, enjoy and tell their friends about. We tried to pack as much racing memorabilia as possible, but also have stuff from our movies and other different things. There is something here for everyone to enjoy."

Below are a few photos from the event.