We arrived into Charlotte, NC on Friday afternoon on the eve of the 25th Hot Rod Power Tour. On Day Zero we got an exclusive look at the Ray Evernham collection in Concord, NC. Ray Evernham was a crew chief for Bill Davis Racing and Hendrick Motorsports. He was the owner of Evernham Motorsports, before becoming an analyst for ESPN and host of the hit show AmeriCARna.
His collection includes race winning vehicles and special editions. He has many vehicles of automotive significance from drag racing to NASCAR.
We started the tour in the main showroom. It was a finished room with nostalgic displays and trophy cases. There was everything a car guy needed for the ultimate man cave including a diner and stage. But this wasn’t a man cave, it was a museum. There were artifacts from racing history and vehicles on loan from families and private collections.
The next stop on the tour was more of a storage hangar. It was a huge steel frame building with storage for parts including frames and bodies for projects. Near the center of the space was a GMC cab over engine hauler in great condition.
In the corner of the space were 3 barn finds displayed with original dust. They were owned by Bill Crocker, Erin Crocker Evernham’s father.
Next we traveled into a smaller showroom. This space featured several collectibles and some newer favorites as well. Here we found 1 of 2 prototype Talladega cars built by Ford in September 1968. Also a pair of 1969 Mercury Cyclone Specials in both Cale Yarborough and Dan Gurney trim.
It was too much to take in and we clearly didn’t capture all of the history in this compound. Thank you to the Ray Evernham Collection for having us and thank you to Scott Kirk for organizing. We had a great time and it was a great start to Power Tour.