This Place in History: Anything for Speed Exhibit



At ‘This Place in History’ we’re in Barre at the Vermont History Center getting excited for the Vermont Historical Society‘s new exhibit all about automobile racing in Vermont. It’s called ‘Anything for Speed’. Amanda Gustin joins us with more on the work that went in to the exhibit and what you can expect when you come and check it out. 

“We have had the idea of doing an exhibit on racing for awhile now and it felt like time. We’ve been spending over a year talking to people around the state, going to visit people who have collections of objects, interviewing people, just doing as much research as we possibly can to present the whole history,” said Gustin.

“It will open this coming Saturday, April 28th at 9 a.m. and it’s going to run for about a year. So if you miss it on Saturday, you’ll have plenty of time. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., it will be free and open. We will have some activities for kids. In other parts of the exhibit, we have a racing simulator, plenty of things to see and do.”

“Racing has a lot of trophies. All of the drivers I talked to have a lot of trophies, so it was tough to narrow it down. We wanted to pick iconic trophies from iconic names. On the left here we have a trophy from Beaver Dragon, whom people will definitely know, a very famous racer. And this was the first ever trophy for the NASCAR North Tour. He won that championship in 1979. That’s the tour that preceded the one we have today, the American Canadian Tour. So this is that very first one. Then over here, we have a Milk Bowl trophy. Everyone knows the Milk Bowl. It’s probably the most iconic race in Vermont. And this particular one comes from Robbie Crouch, who is all the all-time leader in Milk Bowl wins. He had four of them. We were thrilled to get one of his Milk Bowl trophies,” explained Gustin.

For more on the exhibit, click here.

To view more from our ‘This Place in History’ series, click here.

To view a map of Vermont’s roadside historic markers, click here.

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