Kids sure do love cars, trucks, and things that go. And by “kids,” we mean everyone from toddlers who love to see fire trucks to senior citizens who fiddle with antique tractors.
The Dan River region has plenty of opportunities to embrace your inner gearhead. Check out some of our favorites.
Tank Museum, Virginia
Danville’s tank museum is filled with tanks and other military equipment, including a rare tank from World War I. The museum also includes gear, uniforms, and other collectibles.
Wood Brothers Museum, Virginia
Learn about one of NASCAR’s most legendary families and racing teams. Its drivers have included Curtis Turner, Fireball Roberts, Dale Jarrett, A.J. Foyt, Glen Wood, Buddy Baker, Junior Johnson, Cale Yarborough, Ned Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, Mark Martin, and Bill Elliott.
311 Motor Speedway, North Carolina
The “The Daytona of Dirt” hosts racing events on a weekly basis from late March through early October.
Danville and Western Railway, North Carolina and Virginia
The remnants of this railroad operate from Danville to Eden. However, they’re only a shadow of what they were during the 20th century. There’s plenty of railfan history here, along with the opportunity to spy a working train.
VIRginia International Speedway, Virginia
VIR is America’s first true “motorsport resort.” It stands as a testament to the power of vision in transforming a historic but aging racetrack into a world-renowned destination for motor enthusiasts. VIR offers world-class racing with five different track configurations, two of which can be operated simultaneously.