Motorsports & Country Music = Magic!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2012

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Curb Motorsports & Music Museum
JGR - Joe Gibbs Racing

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  We started out planning to spend some time at Stewart-Haas Racing, which didn't exist last time we were here doing our "race shop" thing.  Timing being everything, ours wasn't so great - Stewart-Haas was closed for the day for their employee meeting/party day!  We got on the road, trying to decide where we'd go next, when one of my new iPod apps "Tagwhat", (which comes up with points of interest in the area), showed me that Curb Motorsports and Music Museum was nearby - so we got on our way!

  We knew of Mike Curb's involvement in racing AND in music mainly because he owned many of the non-winged sprint cars we used to watch run in SoCal, and often the stock cars he owned would carry the picture of a recently-released album star (LeeAnn Rimes, JoDee Messina) on the hood.  But I don't think either of us were prepared for the extent of his influence and involvement in BOTH of those venues - and it made for a very interesting display.  Lots of pictures were taken, and I'll get some posted here shortly.  I'm afraid many of them are more glare than photo, as this building is a huge showroom-type, with windows all the way around, so there was a lot of glare going on, thanks to the sunny day outside!  Items of note we hadn't realized:  Mike Curb's Congregation (singing group in the 60's that he was in) had numerous singles and albums - among his hits was the piece that would become the American Bandstand Theme!  They also did a Mickey Mouse Club album!

  it was 3:45 when we got out of there, and we decided we had time to make it to Huntersville to visit Joe Gibbs Racing, another shop we'd missed on our last trip.  Hopped on the back roads, got there in a half hour, and had plenty of time to check out their race shop from up above in the fan viewing area.  The first thing we saw was Kyle Busch's M & M's # 18, which had been stripped on the inside, but the body sitting on the floor was still the one that he backed into the wall last Sunday - ugly! 

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