Oakboro Regional Museum features NASCAR collection

Published 10:50 am Tuesday, June 21, 2022

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The Oakboro Regional Museum is once again welcoming visitors on its regular schedule thanks to volunteers Sarah Lowder, Terri Taylor, Betty Huneycutt, Jewell Parker, David Heath, Harold Blalock, Doug and Ann Burgess, Linda Arrowood, Vickie Yandle, Rickey Edwards, Peggy Little and Brooks and Jane Barnhardt.

The NASCAR Collection of Oakboro’s Kevin Edwards is being showcased in the Oakboro Museum Rotating Exhibit Room for several months.

His interest in NASCAR began during the 1970s when his family began attending the races in Charlotte and Rockingham. The family would camp out in the infield to watch the Saturday and Sunday races.

His collection started with the Matchbox Transporters in 1989. Over the years his collection extended to posters, model cars, trains, airplanes, gasoline pumps, haulers, framed art and even replicas of hoods from the various race cars.

This Dale Earnhardt framed art print is also part of the Kevin Edwards collection. (Contributed)

He recalls when each item came out and has information about each item in his large collection.

Kevin’s brother Ricky helped him secure some of the items through his work at Food Lion and their mother Shirley Edwards was a long-time supporter and volunteer with Oakboro Regional Museum.

Kevin still collects special NASCAR items. The Wrangler cars are his favorite. Other favorites include the Wheaties poster and his poster of Dale Earnhardt with all his seven championship cars.

In other news, Oakboro 2022 July 4 T-shirts have arrived and are on sale in the Oakboro Museum gift shop. Shirts may be reserved by phoning the Oakboro Museum at 704-485-4222. Sizes available are small, medium, large, and extra-large at $10. Also available are 2XL for $12 and 3XL for $14. The collector shirt is black with a white American flag on the front.

The museum will be open from 5:30-7:30 p.m. during the Oakboro monthly Cruise-In on June 24.

The museum will be open each evening of the Oakboro July 4th Celebration and on July 4 following the morning parade.

The museum’s regular hours are 2-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday and 10 a.m.-noon Thursday.

The Oakboro Railroad Museum is tentatively scheduled to reopen in July.