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Moonshine Express, April 15 & 22, 2012

NASCAR Hall of Fame voting site, April 13, 2012

"Our NASCAR Roots: Curtis Turner, Virginia and Moonshine", April, 2012

Curtis Turner . . . Moonshine & Racing in Virginia, Car Show, March 31, 2012

Curtis Turner induction into the Oceanside Rotary Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame, Daytona Beach, Florida, February 20, 2012

Book published: “Curtis Turner Racing Stats” His Stockcar Racing Career: The years 1946 – 1968", December 11, 2011

Link to NASCAR Hall of Fame web site, March 1, 2010

First Pop's Party! August 15, 2009

Art Demonstration by Margaret Sue Turner Wright at Smith Mountain Lake! August 22, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For Immediate Release
April 13, 2012
Contact: B. Wright Marketing Services- Barry Wright
540-797-4444
Barry@rppublisher.com

Margaret Sue Turner Wright, daughter of racing legend, Curtis Turner will have a Book signing event with her 2012 published book, 'Curtis Turner Racing Stats' at the Franklin County Historical Society’s History Museum, on Sunday, April 15th, 2012. She will also be bringing the 'Curtis Turner Museum of Racing Legends' -TEE Shirts, and some of her personal plein air paintings. This event, called: ‘Moonshine Express’ is rain or shine, Sunday, 1-5pm, in Rocky Mount, VA. Tickets are on sale at the Flora Morris House, 460 S Main Street, Rocky Mount, VA, (540) 483-1890

Moonshine Express


'It’s NASCAR Hall of Fame online ‘FAN VOTE’ time again!!

Please vote for Stockcar Racing Legend, Curtis Turner, who was from Roanoke, Virginia, to be 1 of the 5 Inductees in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Here is the link:

www.nascar.com/promos/hof/

Thank you for your vote! While Curtis was not inducted this year, perhaps he will be in 2013!

A little history!

Curtis Turner was born in Floyd, VA April 12, 1924, and died October 4th, 1970. His primary home was in Roanoke, VA where he raised his family, although he had residences in Indianapolis, IN and Charlotte, NC. Curtis was already a Legend in the early days of stockcar racing, dirt racing and a big part in the beginnings of NASCAR. He was a NASCAR driver as well as a founding member in the original group who met at the Streamline Hotel, in Daytona Beach FL, to discuss and support the formation of NASCAR. NASCAR sanctioned races won in his career were 55, which included the 17 Grand National races now called Sprint Cup, and the Convertible Division of which he won 38, 22 of which were won in 1 year. No small feat!

Curtis Turner did a great deal for the entire sport of racing. What many people don't know is that Curtis Turner won over 350 stockcar races in his lifetime, racing in other events, or events sanctioned by USAC /MARK/ARCA. By 1957, he had won more races than any other driver by that time in his life. RACING, HE LOVED IT-LIVED IT! He was also the first NASCAR driver to appear on the cover of a national magazine, Sports Illustrated in 1968, where he was named the 'Babe Ruth of Stockcar Racing'.

Curtis had such a confident air and way of driving that he excited the racing fans and kept them coming back for more. Hence, the reason the only 2 stockcar drivers ever paid 'show money' back then, were Curtis Turner as well as Fireball Roberts. During the 4 year ban imposed by Bill France against Curtis for trying to form a Union, he continued to race in other Racing organizations such as MARK, ARCA and USAC, continuing an impressive list of accomplishments such as his win at Pike's Peak and the breaking of a record there.

Curtis Turner was President of, and built the Charlotte Motor Speedway, now called Lowes Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. With some tricks up his sleeve, he fought every resistance he could muster to insure his beloved track would be built and finished-even at legal gunpoint. However, because of his perseverance, the first Charlotte 600, which was scheduled to run originally May 29, 1960, did have its inaugural race which he promoted, June 19th, 1960.

When Race Sales began to decline in the 60's, Bill France invited Curtis back to drive a race car again in NASCAR, this time being paid as an entertainer on the track with his daredevil driving that the fans went crazy for. It worked for NASCAR as their sales soared when Curtis Turner was at the wheel.'

 

 

 

 


Visit the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke for the exhibit:

"Our NASCAR Roots: Curtis Turner, Virginia and Moonshine"

through April 30, 2012.

From: the VA Museum of Transportation- CALENDAR: Through April: "Our NASCAR Roots: Curtis Turner, Virginia and Moonshine” Through April “Join us to celebrate Curtis “Pops” Turner, “King of the Wild Road” and one of NASCAR’s greatest racecar drivers! Curtis “Pops” Turner was born in Floyd, VA and chose Roanoke as his home. He learned to race while running moonshine for his father during the depression. Turner went on to win races in several different racing series including the NASCAR Convertible Division and the NASCAR Grand National Series (now the Sprint Cup). On display are memorabilia and artifacts belonging to Curtis Turner and other early racing greats. " Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday:10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday:1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $8 for adults; $7 for seniors (60 ); $6 for children (3-11)

www.vmt.org
303 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
540.342.5670
info@vmt.org


Click here for a printer friendly version of the invitation below ( will open in a new browser window )

Turner Invitation Turner Invitation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For Immediate Release:
February 27, 2012
Contact: B. Wright Marketing Services – Barry Wright
540-797-4444
Barry@Rppublisher.com

Daytona Beach, Florida – Roanoke, VA local NASCAR racing legend, Curtis Turner, was inducted into the Oceanside Rotary Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame on Monday February 20, 2012 at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach, FL. Margaret Sue Turner Wright, Founder and Executive Director of the Curtis Turner Museum and also his daughter, was on hand to receive the honor. Margaret Sue Turner Wright received a standing ovation after giving a very inspirational acceptance speech on behalf of her deceased father. Also in attendance were NASCAR Hall of Fame member Glenn Wood with his family, Mike Helton, President of NASCAR, Buz McKim, NASCAR Hall of Fame Historian, legendary driver Marvin Panch, Richard Petty’s crew chief, and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Dale Inman, and many supporters and fans of the legends of racing. Bud Moore, a 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, was also inducted at this event. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Fox NASCAR commentator Larry McReynolds. Larry is noted for working with Richard Childress Racing as Dale Earnhardt’s crew chief for Dale’s 1998 win of the Daytona 500.

Margaret Sue Turner Wright and Bud Moore
Margaret Sue Turner Wright and Bud Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For Immediate Release
December 19, 2011
Contact: B. Wright Marketing Services – Barry Wright
540-797-4444
Barry@rppublisher.com

Roanoke, Virginia – Margaret Sue Turner Wright, executive director of Curtis Turner Museum, and the daughter of the racing legend, Curtis Turner, has published “Curtis Turner Racing Stats” His Stockcar Racing Career: The years 1946 – 1968". The book also contains the previously nationally published article “My Life with Curtis Turner,” by Ann Ross Turner, now deceased, who was married to Curtis during his racing career. The in-depth article by Ann also includes exclusive family photos and a heart-warming introduction of her mother’s article by Margaret Sue.

In 1966 Margaret Sue graduated from her Dad’s Safe High-speed Performance Driving School at the race track he built, the Charlotte Motor Speedway. She grew up as part of the racing family, which is the NASCAR family. From playing around the sand dunes at Daytona Beach as her Dad sped by, to playing in the pit infield areas at Talladega, Margaret Sue has been an integral part of her Dad’s career in racing. This book represents Margaret Sue’s commitment to keeping her Dad’s racing stats and history as accurate and complete as possible. Her Dad’s unparalleled success on the racetrack was nothing short of phenomenal and Margaret Sue wants the fans to never forget what Curtis Turner contributed to the greatest American home-grown sport – Motor Sport Racing. Curtis Turner was voted as one of the top 50 athletes of all time by Sports Illustrated. Curtis has been nominated for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He also holds a place in other Hall’s of Fame throughout the country. ‘Curtis Turner Racing Stats’ is available on CurtisTurnerMuseum.com at a discounted price or available on Amazon.com.

For appearances please contact Barry Wright for more information and availability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Important Announcement!

This letter is to ask you to please vote for Stockcar Racing Legend, Curtis Turner, who was from Roanoke, Virginia, to be 1 of the 5 Inaugural Inductees in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Online fan voting site to register on is: www.nascar.com/promos/hof/ Thank you for your vote!

Curtis Turner was born in Floyd, VA April 12, 1924, and died October 4th, 1970. His primary home was in Roanoke, VA where he raised his family, although he had residences in Indianapolis, IN and Charlotte, NC. Curtis was already a Legend in the early days of stockcar racing, dirt racing and a big part in the beginnings of NASCAR. He was a NASCAR driver as well as a founding member in the original group who met at the Streamline Hotel, in Daytona Beach FL, to discuss and support the formation of NASCAR. NASCAR sanctioned races won in his career were 55, which included the 17 Grand National races now called Sprint Cup, and the Convertible Division of which he won 38, 22 of which were won in 1 year. No small feat!

Curtis Turner did a great deal for the entire sport of racing. What many people don't know is that Curtis Turner won over 350 stockcar races in his lifetime, racing in other events, or events sanctioned by USAC /MARK/ARCA. By 1957, he had won more races than any other driver by that time in his life. RACING, HE LOVED IT-LIVED IT! He was also the first NASCAR driver to appear on the cover of a national magazine, Sports Illustrated in 1968, where he was named the 'Babe Ruth of Stockcar Racing'.

Curtis had such a confident air and way of driving that he excited the racing fans and kept them coming back for more. Hence, the reason the only 2 stockcar drivers ever paid 'show money' back then, were Curtis Turner as well as Fireball Roberts. During the 4 year ban imposed by Bill France against Curtis for trying to form a Union, he continued to race in other Racing organizations such as MARK, ARCA and USAC, continuing an impressive list of accomplishments such as his win at Pike's Peak and the breaking of a record there.

Curtis Turner was President of, and built the Charlotte Motor Speedway, now called Lowes Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. With some tricks up his sleeve, he fought every resistance he could muster to insure his beloved track would be built and finished-even at legal gunpoint. However, because of his perseverance, the first Charlotte 600, which was scheduled to run originally May 29, 1960, did have its inaugural race which he promoted, June 19th, 1960.

When Race Sales began to decline in the 60's, Bill France invited Curtis back to drive a race car again in NASCAR, this time being paid as an entertainer on the track with his daredevil driving that the fans went crazy for. It worked for NASCAR as their sales soared when Curtis Turner was at the wheel.

Sincerely,
Margaret Sue Turner Wright,
Curtis Turner's Daughter

Margaret Sue Turner Wright has compiled a stockcar racing stat book on her Father which is soon to be released. Notifications will be made on www.CurtisTurnerMuseum.com and thru her free E-newsletter, on Curtis Turner Museum events.


August 15th, 2009, 2-4:30 pm: 1st POP'S PARTY!

The Official Curtis Turner Museum is having its 1st organizational meeting called: 'Pops Party!' in honor of NASCAR racing Legend, Curtis Turner! Pops Party! will be at the Public Library on Peters Creek Rd, which is called the Hollins branch Library, near Oakey's and Burlington Elementary School in Roanoke, VA.

"The 1st Pop's Party, in honor of NASCAR racing Legend, Curtis Turner is sponsored by Curtis Turner Museum and is seeking to bring together like minded people who have Curtis Turner stories to share, or would like to volunteer their ideas and /or services to the eventual creation of a Curtis Turner Museum which also will bring recognition to the history of auto racing in the region. Each organizational meeting will be known as Pops Party in honor of Curtis Turner whose racing reputation was to 'Pop' his competition out of the way on the racetrack, and his philosophy that 'Life should be a party'.

This initial meeting will record any Curtis Turner Stories, and will have discussion about creating Curtis Turner Museum Events throughout the year as fundraisers and to raise awareness of this stock car racing legend, Curtis Turner whose racing home town was Roanoke, VA. His daughter, Margaret Sue Turner Wright will be officiating the meeting. RSVPs by email appreciated!

Thank you!

Margaret Sue Turner Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


August, 22, 2009
Art Demonstration by Margaret Sue Turner Wright at Smith Mountain Lake!
Saturday, August 22, 1-3 pm
Margaret Sue will be painting on the Deck at Smith Mountain Lake! View the artist at work and also see her paintings in exclusive Representation, at The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake!Go online to see her paintings there now at: www.thelittlegallerysml.com. Come on out!
The Little Gallery, Bridgewater Plaza
16430 Booker T. Washington Highway
Moneta, VA 24121
Phone: 540-721-1596
Fax: 540-721-2535
E-mail: info@thelittlegallerysml.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


© Copyright 2011 by The Curtis Turner Museum, All rights reserved worldwide.
P. O. Box 20588
Roanoke, Virginia 24018
Margaret Sue Turner Wright, President/CEO
540.798.1299
artzysuzi@hotmail.com, info@curtisturnermuseum.com

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