Lance's Journal: Speedway Motors Museum, Sept. 19, 2016

Published: Sep. 19, 2016 at 6:49 PM CDT
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The year was 1952, Bill Smith received a $300 loan from his new bride Joyce & opened Speedway Motors at 22nd & O in Lincoln.

Year by year, "Speedy" Bill's car parts empire grew & grew & in 1992, he started a museum that remained private for a long time.

Today, it's a non-profit, open to the public and 150,000 square feet of amazing American motor memorabilia.

Bob Mays is a research tech at the Speedway Motors Museum, "I get to talk to a lot of guys that are currently involved in the sport and then I also get to do a lot of research on what has come before and it's really a blast, that's when I'm really havin' fun."

Mike Kelley loves this place so much that he volunteers to walk around and tell people about it, "Today we have 130 cars, 600 engines, 350 pedal cars, 51 stringed instruments signed by some pretty cool folks like B.B. King and Willie Nelson, we have 600 lunch boxes, we have a carousel and we have more little cars than you can ever count. It's a cool place to be.

During the summer months (May thru September,) the museum is open Monday thru Friday from noon until 4:30.

And during the winter months (October thru April,) the museum is open on just Monday and Friday afternoons.