PRESTONBURG –New Tourism Director Mitchell Pierson and Assistant Director Misha Curnutte encourage fellow Floyd County residents and all racing fans to join them as they celebrate the grand reopening of one of Prestonsburg’s most talked about tourist attractions.
Prestonsburg Tourism a Grand Re-Opening of the Rainier Racing Museum at its new home inside the Mountain Arts Center on June 13 at 2 p.m. Special guest at the reopening included Lorin Rainier, Bobby Allison and the 1988 Texaco Havoline Ford Thunderbird.
The Rainier family has been in the racing business since the 1950s.
H.B. Rainier began the racing tradition on dirt tracks and his son Harry Rainier, a Prestonsburg native, continued and enhanced the team which has produced some top drivers including Bobby Allison, Davey Allison, Cale Yarborough, and a young Tony Stewart.
They have also led numerous racing championships which include three Daytona 500 championships. The Museum has a lot to offer the public including a 1988 Ford Thunderbird race car driven and autographed by Davey Allison of the Rainier Racing Team.
The car will be on display until September where it will return to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega.
The museum also includes memorabilia and video documentaries of the entire history of the Rainier Racing Family.
Prestonsburg City Mayor Les Stapleton, Prestonsburg City Commission along with the help of Prestonsburg Tourism have been focusing much attention to the development of Prestonsburg and the activities and talent it has to offer the many tourist who visit.
5K race/walks, an egg hunt, drag racing, paddlefest, and camping Floyd County and its Star City have something to offer even the hardest to please folks.
The museum which was once located downtown inside the former post office will now be featured prominently inside the Mountain Arts Center.
The new partnership between the City of Prestonsburg and Big Sandy Community and Technical College will no doubt bring a greater genre of music to the area and with it a greater number of patrons to the MAC who will have the opportunity to experience the Rainier Racing Museum along with Prestonsburg’s racing history.
Don’t miss this opportunity to join Mitchell, Misha, Les and the rest of Prestonsburg as they celebrate Rainier Racing and the City of Prestonsburg’s rich racing heritage.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.