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Buz McKim is the Historian at the new NASCAR Hall of Fame
in Charlotte. McKim served as director of archives for International Speedway Corporation and then as coordinator of statistical services for NASCAR.

This website from his many friends is designed to "keep up with" Buz and all his new adventures in the Carolinas. Buz is a cherished friend and he leaves behind many who depended on his knowledge, enthusiasm and that effervescent smile.

Buz will respond to his Blog so we can keep up with he and his wife,  Gwen, who we will miss just as much.

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Keeping track By Dustin Long  The Roanoke Times   AUGUST 14, 2008
Buz McKim is the man in charge of stocking the display cases in NASCAR's Hall Fame. 

SOMEWHERE IN CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Buz McKim pilots his SUV on a winding path away from the city's skyscrapers to a non-descript brick building.

Road construction alters his route, not fear of being followed. Yet, the building's location remains secret because of its valuable stash.

Once there, McKim unlocks a door to enter the building and faces a second door.

"Look at this," he says, as he unlocks and opens the second door.


Photos by SCOTT HOFFMAN
Greensboro (N.C.) News-Record Buz McKim has the responsibility of accumulating the artifacts and memorabilia that will be on display when the NASCAR Hall of Fame opens in 2010.


Greensboro (N.C.) News-Record Lloyd Moore received this collage from his family after he retired from NASCAR racing.

Here, in a windowless space the size of a conference room, NASCAR history resides.

McKim is its caretaker. The historian for the NASCAR Hall of Fame searches for racing artifacts and stores some here until the Hall is constructed.

Consider McKim the Indiana Jones of NASCAR history minus the chases and fedora.

Like the movie character Harrison Ford made famous, McKim uses ingenuity and gusto to find historic objects. Like Jones, McKim has an enemy, but McKim's foe is time. Although the Hall won't open until spring 2010, the interior design team needs to know within six months what McKim has, so displays can be built for those objects.

The Hall, which will be near the heart of Charlotte, will have about 40,000 square feet of exhibit space and showcase about two dozen cars. It's the smaller items, though, that McKim searches for, making phone calls and trekking across the Southeast.

This is a job the 56-year-old has waited his whole life for, notes his mom on a Web site friends made for McKim. He's never been far from racing. His father was a track announcer. McKim raced briefly and later designed the paint schemes for the Daytona 500-winning cars of David Pearson and Benny Parsons.

But it was days at the Museum of Speed, located a short drive from Daytona International Speedway, that had the most impact on McKim. He was a museum volunteer at age 13. McKim studied the vehicles, relished their history and admired their drivers, fueling his passion.

Those feelings remain. As he recently showed items that could be displayed in NASCAR's Hall of Fame, McKim introduced many items by saying, "I love this" and then explained their significance. This treasure trove features items NASCAR fans can appreciate.

There's a Bobby Allison racing uniform under plastic and hanging on a wall. Nearby is pair of dirt-stained white pants Fireball Roberts wore when he raced. There's Marvin Panch's 1956 contract with Ford that called for him to receive 60 percent of his race winnings as a driver and $500 per month as a mechanic. Today's top drivers make about $7 million per season before figuring in a percentage of race winnings and merchandise sales.

Among the items McKim brings to the building is a red helmet that Bill Elliott wore earlier this decade. McKim places it near a collection of racing seats. One seat was made for Alan Kulwicki, who was to have picked it up the day after he returned from the Bristol spring race in 1993. Kulwicki died in a plane crash heading to that track. That seat is near a box that includes a pair of wingtip shoes Dave Marcis wore when he raced.

Newer items such as Elliott's helmet aren't hard to find. Many drivers don't part with as many belongings as competitors from earlier generations did, selling their items for needed money. Fire destroyed other collections.

The older items intrigue McKim. He seeks objects from many competitors, including Curtis Turner and Joe Weatherly, and also looks for items from long deceased tracks such as those in the North Carolina cities of North Wilkesboro and Greensboro.

McKim wants personal items, things that drivers or car owners touched or were a part of cars, pieces with a special story to tell.

Such as Ray Fox's watches. Fox was a car owner from 1962-74 and had seven of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers race for him: Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Buck Baker, Buddy Baker, Fred Lorenzen, LeeRoy Yarborough and Cale Yarborough.

Fox had watches made for his team in 1963 when Johnson drove. The silver watch was shaped like a steering wheel. Its face had a No. 3 in the middle -- the car number -- and a cartoon Fox on it. Only problem was that the watches were stolen before the team received them.

McKim found one with the help of a collector, marking an item off his wish list to find. That list remains long. McKim's "Holy Grail" is a gold-plated NASCAR membership card -- card No. 1. That's the one Bill France Sr., gave Red Vogt, a co-founder of NASCAR.

"I'd love to find that," McKim says. "It's disappeared."

McKim has spent eight years searching for it, but like Indiana Jones, not all paths lead where one expects. McKim recalls a time when he was told NASCAR had a truckload of confiscated parts that he could have for the Hall.

"We went up there salivating ... opened the door and there were like four pieces left," he says. "Someone had hauled everything off.

"People can say, 'I got this' and 'I got that' but until we can actually see it, touch it or at least get a picture we can't take anything for granted."

So, McKim keeps searching, collecting and dropping items off at this building. As McKim leaves, he locks both doors, heads back in his SUV and slips through traffic back toward the city where rising from a dirt floor soon will be NASCAR's Hall and its treasures.

Motorsports Authentics, Sirius launch program aimed at NASCAR collectors

CONCORD, N.C. and NEW YORK, N.Y. (Aug. 25, 2007) – Motorsports Authentics, the leader in the design, promotion, marketing and distribution of licensed motorsports merchandise, and SIRIUS Satellite Radio, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR, announced today the creation of NASCAR Collector, a new one-hour weekly radio show that will focus on the NASCAR collector and fans with special interests in racing memorabilia.

NASCAR Collector debuted Saturday, August 25 (8:00 – 9:00 am ET) and will air Saturday mornings throughout the year exclusively on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128. Show hosts Tim Packman, Buzz McKim and Tim Trout will provide NASCAR racing expertise, collectable information and value insight, and listeners will be encouraged to call in and talk about his or her favorite die-cast or NASCAR souvenir. With 24 percent of NASCAR fans purchasing collectables, this show promises to be the ultimate avenue for fans to tell their favorite stories, share their beloved treasures and learn about new limited edition merchandise and collectable lines, their release dates and the retail outlets where these concepts can become a collectable.

“At Motorsports Authentics our mission is to connect NASCAR fans to their sport through an expansive array of exciting products,” said Mark Dyer, Motorsports Authentics’ president and CEO. “The world of diecast and other collectables has long needed a forum such as NASCAR Collector to provide fans with an avenue to talk about vintage die-cast models and discuss NASCAR products and memorabilia of all types. We are very excited to team with SIRIUS to bring this new and exciting show to NASCAR die-cast and memorabilia collectors all across the country.”

McKim, a historian for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2010, has spent his entire life in auto racing and has become known as one of the foremost authorities on NASCAR and its colorful history. Trout, editor of Beckett Racing, has quickly become the expert voice on all things collectable. Packman, the show’s main host, grew up around short tracks and began his motorsports broadcasting career at Lancaster Speedway. He’s been involved with NASCAR since 1995 working for CBS, TNT and TNN Motorsports. He began working for MRN Radio as a pit reporter in 2005 and is a host on the SIRIUS NASCAR Radio Post Race show.

SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128 provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of NASCAR 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, giving listeners every race and everything in between, with live race calls, pre- and post-race coverage, and a lineup of exclusive daily talk shows providing up-to-the-minute news, expert analysis and exclusive interviews with NASCAR insiders.

“NASCAR fans are among the most passionate fans in sports and that enthusiasm is clearly displayed in their fondness for memorabilia and collectibles,” said Steve Cohen, SIRIUS’ Vice President of Sports Programming. “We’re very pleased to partner with the memorabilia experts at Motorsports Authentics to provide a show where NASCAR fans can talk about their favorite items and get the kind of expert insight that they can’t find anywhere else.”

As the Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR, SIRIUS airs every NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race live. In addition to the live race broadcast, SIRIUS takes fans into the cars and pits by providing 10 additional Driver2Crew Chatter™ channels that carry the driver-to-pit crew communications for 10 different race teams during every NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race.

About Motorsports Authentics, Inc. Motorsports Authentics, Inc. is the leader in the design, promotion, marketing and distribution of licensed motorsports merchandise. The company’s products include a broad range of motorsports-related die-cast replica collectibles, apparel, souvenirs and other sports-inspired memorabilia. Motorsports Authentics markets and distributes product through a variety of channels including their Authorized Dealer network, the Racing Collectables Club of America (RCCA), QVC, GoRacing.com, Trackside at racing events, direct corporate promotions, mass retail and department stores, specialty dealers and select online retailers. For more information about Motorsports Authentics, please visit the Web site at www.motorsports-authentics.com.

About SIRIUS, SIRIUS, “The Best Radio on Radio,” delivers more than 130 channels of the best programming in all of radio. SIRIUS is the original and only home of 100% commercial free music channels in satellite radio, offering 69 music channels. SIRIUS also delivers 65 channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather and data. SIRIUS is the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, NASCAR and NBA, and broadcasts live play-by-play games of the NFL and NBA, as well as live NASCAR races.

NASCAR HALL OF FAME AT CAREER DAY

FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS!

Friday, September 28, 2007 Automechanika event expected to attract 3000 students.

With racing cars and special events, speakers and special presentations, employer interview areas and tire change competitions, the FREE Career Day at Automechanika Canada/CarFixWORLD is expected to be a major opportunity for young people and unemployed youth to learn about the benefits of a career in motive power.

Now, NASCAR’s Hall of Fame Historian, Buz McKim will be a special guest speaker to students twice that morning.  Author of the “NASCAR Vault” and a former racer and automotive artist, he has been involved with NASCAR most of his life.  Buz has some great stories to tell and events to show. From drawing a crowd of 14,000 at NASCAR’s debut race in 1948, to attracting a television audience of over 33 million at the 2004 Daytona 500- making it the world’s most watched motorsports event, the NASCAR experience comes alive with Buz McKim as your guide to experience the crowds getting bigger, the cars becoming faster and the stakes growing sky-high.

Canada Skills-Ontario, CARS Council, apprenticesearch.com, OYAP, apprenticeship presentations and opportunities will be featured in the September 28th Career Day morning events. Employers are invited to conduct employment interviews at the show being held at the International Centre, Airport Road, Mississauga.

Watch out for the hourly airbag detonation demonstrations!

Show hours:

Wednesday, September 26th                             10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 27th                                 12noon to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, September 28th  (Career Day)               10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

FREE ParkingStudents are invited to attend this event on Friday only
Please contact 1-866-309-4272 or e-mail info@ciia.com to registration

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CRVA hires two for NASCAR Hall of Fame

The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority has added Leslie Horne and Albert "Buz" McKim to the staff of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Horne will be sales and marketing manager, and McKim joins as historian.

"Horne's experience and dedication working with sponsorships, major-league sports teams and facility projects will be a key asset to our efforts," says Winston Kelley, executive director of the hall of fame. "McKim's thorough NASCAR experience and expertise of the sport, its history and those who work in the industry is the perfect combination of skills that we needed for our historian position."

Horne comes to the hall of fame with more than 12 years experience in sports marketing, including stints with franchise members of the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and various motorsports entities, as well as international assignments in the United Kingdom and Australia. Horne's most recent post was as senior project manager with IMG/Muhleman Marketing Inc.

McKim was born into an auto-racing family, and he attempted a brief driving career. But he found his niche in designing paint schemes and painting the numbers on the cars, which fit his artistic and creative talents. In 2004, McKim collaborated with writer and fellow NASCAR employee Herb Branham to create the book, NASCAR Vault.

As historian, McKim will work with Ralph Appelbaum Associates in the development of exhibits, artifacts, and video and audio documentation.

The $154.5 million NASCAR Hall of Fame, scheduled to open in late 2009 or early 2010 near the Charlotte Convention Center, will be operated and marketed by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

       

       
The Nascar Hall of Fame Website

From the "Webmaster" Roland Via: This website is a congratulatory gift to Buz for his life's ambition advancement that he so well deserves. As his Mother Alma says, "This is the opportunity Buz has waited his whole life for."  I fought hard for the Nascar Hall of Fame to be here in Daytona Beach because I knew that wherever the Hall would go, so would Buz as he is the perfect fit and most knowledgeable person for the position of Historian.

We must remember that this area is "home" to Buz and his wife Gwen and they will want to keep up with us and much as us with them, so I hope you contribute to the stories, pictures or anything else through the Blog, or you can email me things and I will post them. This site will always be a work in progress. In the future this page will feature "Buz News". Check Back Often!

Buz and Gwen promise to be back often and so let's all of us keep up with each other. There is also a personal private email above to email Buz & Gwen.

I know many of you will have the same sentiments: I will miss the incredible lunch get-togethers; I'll miss just being able to call for any up-to-date or out-of-date NASCAR facts, rumors and innuendos; I'll miss the local leadership of Buz within our racing Legends/History groups and organizations of which his contributions and impact have been immeasurable; Speedweeks won't be the same; Most of all, I'll just miss knowing he's not here. I guess I just took that for granted. The only consolation we have is we have captured his mom Alma, so he has to come back home sometimes.

 

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