In the early days of stock car racing, the automobiles were essentially just as they came from the automobile sales floor, or stock. Drivers often raced the family car on Saturday night or Sunday afternoon. The Strictly Stock Division sanctioned by NASCAR in 1949 required all parts in cars to be available to anyone from the manufacturer. The cars had to be full-sized passenger cars, and fans quickly identified with the machines that closely resembled those in their own garages. Today, the stock car is stock in name and general outer appearance only. Substantial modifications are made to enhance speed and for safety reasons. For instance, the racing stock car has no headlights (decals are pasted on for a stock appearance), door handles, or side window glass. The engine, tires, and most other parts of the car are especially constructed for racing, and the driver sits in a secure roll cage for safety.
The Stock Car Racing Collection contains all types of materials that document the sport, including books, racing magazines, clippings, photographs, programs, posters, audio- and videotapes, promotional materials, and more.
The Stock Car Racing Collection is open to the public and welcomes all fans and scholars. Some rare or fragile materials are for in-building use only, but a number of items are available for short term loan. Individuals with Appalachian State University ID cards may check out some materials on site, and others may borrow them for short periods via their local library's interlibrary loan service.
The Stock Car Racing Collection is delighted to receive both material and monetary gifts. Donors may be able to claim a charitable donation tax deduction for gifts to the collection. For more information, visit Donate Materials to the Stock Car Racing Collection.