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was a surprise celebration and going-away party for Buz held at the Palmetto Club on February 25, 2007. Well attended by over a hundred of Buz's friends, racing buddies, business associates and a great family, a fun time was had by all with bench racin', great music by the "Back-Yard Birds" (Really the Killer B's), Rob, Richie & RJ, and of course, all of the McKim food!

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(L-R) Roland Via, Buz, Seated Mr. & Mrs. Tim Sullivan
looking over a Houston Lawing 1953 Speed Sport Directory


                               The "Buz Saw"
              (Buz Facts from his Mom Alma)

  • His very pregnant Mother (Alma) was in the stands at Morristown, N.J. Speedway a few days before he was born

  • Had we known he would have the love of racing & NASCAR history, would have named him "A.J." instead of Buz?

  • At the tender age of 3, his Aunt gave him his first race car- a bright yellow #3 pedal car

  • While living in Pa. at the age of 8, his Dad (Bob) bought him a 1/4 midget which he raced at Phoenixville Raceway. Race? He just kinda chased the other cars.

  • Buz moved to South Florida in 1961. His dad became track announcer at Hollywood Speedway. Buz saw the Allison brothers competing against each other, being at the track every Saturday night.

  • Buz got to know Randy Tissott and  crew in South Florida.

  • Moved to south Daytona February 1965. Two days after moving in, Randy & crew arrived with a stock car and stayed with us, then ran the Daytona 500. The rest for Buz, they say, is history.

  • Buz met Bill Tuthill in 1966, who owned the Museum of Speed in South Daytona and was a founding father of NASCAR. Buz and his brother Bobby became good friends with Bill, who allowed them access to the files at any time. They spent all their time at the museum, where the huge Bluebird was on display, and the boys found respect for racing history.

  • Buz's dad Bob, worked for the partners of the New Smyrna Speedway doing public relations and track announcing. Bob also announced for the Ocala, Barberville (Volusia Speedway Park) and Deland Raceway. Buz and Bobby were at the track every weekend.

  • At age 16, Dad bought Buz a stock car, which dad and the boys worked on. At age 17, Buz raced (and we use that word loosely) at Deland Raceway.

  • May 1969, the boys were invited to Marvin Panch's home for Richie's birthday. On the way to the party they had an accident. Bobby died 11 days later at the hospital.

  • Deland Raceway drivers voted to have the year-end race as a Bobby McKim memorial. What a tribute to a 15 year-old boy! Buz drove in the race that was won by Holly Hill's Larry Flynn.

  • While Buz was on vacation in New Jersey, he had the honor of driving Uncle Joe Ramm's stock car at the Flemington fair grounds. Let's just say, it did not go too well.......

  • Buz decided that racing was not for him and his dad sold the racecar (Mom relaxes at last!)

  • Buz designed the paint jobs for Benny Parsons and David Pearson's racecars.

  • Buz did the artwork for the Indianapolis yearbook and designed the brochure for Talladega Speedway.

  • Buz started his racing art, selling signed prints of race drivers and cars. Mark Martin appeared on QVC promoting his own painting done by Buz. His original artwork is on display in various NASCAR locations.

  • He worked part time at NASCAR archives with his sister Patt. On January 1999, he was promoted to the ISC archives department, originally on Ballough Road before moving to Fentress. Through Buz's love of NASCAR history and his skills, he was able to organize the archives into a vital part of ISC and NASCAR.

  • September 2003, he was promoted to NASCAR as Coordinator of Statistical Services.

  • January, 2007, Buz was announced as the first Historian for the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.


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