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WNCHA History Hour – Mountain Thunder: Stock Car Racing in Buncombe County

August 25 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, August 25 at 6pm for this Zoom presentation on the history of stock cars and short track racing in Buncombe County, NC. This program airs live and will be recorded.

This talk will explore the captivating history of the four racetracks (Hollywood in Fairview, Asheville-Weaverville, McCormick Field, and the New Asheville Speedway–“The River”) that hosted stock car racing in Buncombe County for over 50 years from the late 1940s to the late 1990s. During this period Buncombe County hosted races in NASCAR’s top division as well as weekly races from spring to fall. The racing was intense, unique, developed many outstanding drivers, and produced some of the most fascinating, humorous, and compelling stories in the history of auto racing.


About the Speaker:

Daniel S. Pierce is the author of seven books, including Tarheel Lightnin’: How Secret Stills and Fast Cars Made North Carolina the Moonshine Capital of the World (UNC Press, 2019) and, most recently, Illustrated Guide to the Grand Circle, Utah & Arizona (Anderson Design Group, 2021). He serves as Interdisciplinary Distinguished Professor of the Mountain South and resident professional hillbilly at the University of North Carolina Asheville where he teaches courses on the South, Appalachia, North Carolina, and the National Parks.

Tickets: $5 for WNCHA members/ $10 for General Admission. We also have no-cost, community-funded tickets available. We want our events to be accessible to as many people as possible. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.

Register Here

Viewing: Registrants will receive a Zoom link with which to view the program. It will also be recorded and later available on our website.

(Image: Racing at Asheville Speedway, courtesy Buncombe County Special Collections, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, NC)

For questions or more information, email Trevor Freeman at [email protected]

Western North Carolina Historical Association received an American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant from North Carolina Humanities, www.nchumanities.org. Funding for this grant was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act economic stabilization plan. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of North Carolina Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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