Hall of Fame auction brings in big crowd

The 2017 Nationals queen, Michaela Dumesny helps show items being auctioned off during the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame’s auction.

KNOXVILLE — The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum had their largest auction of the year on Saturday Aug. 12.

The Nationals makes this the biggest auction because many spectators are in town for the racing.

Bob Baker, executive director for the NSCHoF, said they have been doing auctions since the Hall of Fame opened in 1992.

“We do about five or six auctions a year for the Hall of Fame,” Baker said. “This the largest auction we do, because we have the largest crowd during the Nationals Sprint car racing.”

Baker said the auction during Nationals is one of the great fund-raisers they do.

About 100 people came to the auction to see what they were auctioning off. Some of the items included signed memorabilia on die-cast sprint cars, posters, to a banner signed by Sammy Swindell and his team.

“It’s a lot of fun. People get some one of a kind items you can’t find anywhere else in the world,” Baker said.

Ethan Goetz is a general assignment reporter for the Knoxville Journal-Express. He can be reached in the newsroom at 641-842-2155, ext. 19, or via email at reporter@pellachronicle.com. Follow him on Twitter @Ethan_Goetz.

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