Daytona Winner Moves
As we all know young Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 in 2011 driving the Wood Brothers Ford #21. This race team has unbelievable credits to its name, but has not done well for a few years. This year….2011…was expected to be a continuation of the same. They had a very young driver with little experience…..but they had a team that was hungry and a young driver with amazing talent.
End result….they produced a winner.
Each winning car of the Daytona 500 is retired from racing for at least the next 12 months. The winning car is placed in the museum at the Daytona International Speedway, therefore the Wood Brothers #21 car was interned for the next year and was not permitted to race.
The year is complete…….There has been another race…..There has been another winner……Car #21 has been released from Daytona, but not to race again. The Daytona Winner Moves to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, where it will be put on display forever for many thousands to see.
There is a special stop scheduled in the middle of the move. Car #21 will spend two days in Stuart,Virginia, which is home ground of the Wood Brothers. One of their shops has been converted into a museum for the race team, properly named The Wood Brothers Race Museum. The winner is on display at home, the place where it was born. Friends, family and all well wishers have been invited to visit and the Wood family is there to welcome all comers. This is a happening that I could not resist, so I grabbed my camera and headed off to Stuart. The picture is mine, made with my own camera.
It is almost sad that the car will only be here for two days. Car #21 is to be loaded into a transport Friday morning, March 2, 2012, to leave Stuart, Virginia, bound for Dearborn and the Henry Ford Museum. There is a place reserved for the #21 Ford very close to other Wood Brothers cars. I know that it is just a car…….but the winner is removed from the game.
If you get a chance to stop in to the Wood Brothers Museum in Stuart, Va……Do so…It is a must "stop" for any race fan.