More than 100 people attended the recent opening of the new exhibit installed in the Webb Room at the Seaford Museum at 203 High St. Delaware Auto Racing is an exhibit based on the 2012 book of the same name written by the son-and-father duo of Chad and Wayne Culver. This exhibit, like the book, is the first in the region to showcase the rich history of motorsports in Delaware and on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Curator of the collection Don Allen has brought together artifacts from several private collections throughout the region. “I am so thankful for the generosity and trust of the racing community," said Allen. “I have always thought of the motorsports community as a family, and their support of this endeavor has proved me right.”
Track announcer at Dover Downs International Speedway and Delaware International Speedway and renowned motorsports columnist Charlie Brown stopped by on his way to work at the DIS. Brown, also a former announcer at the Georgetown Speedway and contributor to the exhibit, said, “It’s so good to see all this in one place for everyone to see. It looks great!”
Five race cars were parked in front of the museum for the debut. Four of them were vintage, restored marques and the fifth was one of the Modified Lights that thrill local fans weekly at DIS. Bunky White brought his ‘57 Chevy Little Lincoln car; Billy Towers provided his 1940 Ford V8; Ken Covey and Oscar Fields displayed the famed Covey’s Car Care No. 21; “Charging” Charlie Phillips and grandson Kevin Gardner displayed Charlie’s No. 71; and the Mod-Lite of Tim White rounded out the field.
Photographs, racing parts and pieces, uniforms, trophies, models, paper artifacts and helmets all tell the story of Delaware’s rich racing history and the contributions that many citizens have made to the sport on a local and national level. The exhibit will be on display until Nov. 17. The Seaford Museum is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Museum admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.