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“Best $16 I spent!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega Superspeedway
Speedway Blvd, Talladega, AL 35161
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Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Talladega
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The third largest racetrack in Alabama offers hourly van tours of the track.
Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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“Best $16 I spent!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2010

We arrived at just before 10am and paid $16 each for a trip around the racetrack and view the museum. The trip around the track was about an hour the van took you around the track which was excellent as you got the feel for the corners 33%. You also are able to stand on victory lane and have your picture taken. The museum was full of cars dating back 20 years up to 2010.

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Charleston, SC
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“Our visit was good but we did not get to go on the track.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2009

On the way to Hueytown from SC my sister and I stopped at Talladega Superspeedway to see the museum area and take the track tour. On Thursday, October 1, '09, We bought our $12 each museum and tour ticket from a nice clerk in the giftshop, at 2:15, who told us to be ready at 3 for the tour which would last around 30 minutes. After we purchased our tour ticket she told us we would not go out on the track in the tour van because a well known motorcycle company leases the racetrack for testing and no one is allowed on the track when the lease is in effect. Instead we would only be driven around the pit area and victory lane. We were disappointed in her statement but did not ask for our money back having driven far and never having been inside the track. We saw two out of the three museum buildings. Our track tour lasted an hour and we did not see the third building because they close at 4.
There are many, many beautiful museum racing cars to see. There are "please do not touch" signs in the cars but you know you have to let your head bump on something to make sure it is real as you gaze inside and imagine the power coming from the engines once driven by famous drivers. You can take your time and take pictures of all the cars and displays.
Our tour began at 3. We met the van driver/guide at the lobby and gift shop area where we bought our tour ticket. It was just me and my sister in the van with the guide Rick who was personable, friendly and knowledgeable about the track. He let us out to walk in the victory lane area and take pictures. He explained about the motorcycle company lease and their testing that they do and that tours are not allowed on the track even if a motorcycle is not being tested at the time. Rick drove down the pit road and in the garage area. We were not taken to the start/finish line which was close to the first turn. We could have told him to take us back to see the last museum building but I did not realize they shut everything down at 4. Oh well.
Talladega Superspeedway museum and tour is worth experiencing even if you do not get a slow ride around the track like I did long ago at Daytona.

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“Great place to visit - even when there's no race!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2008

We stopped here to see the track and take a tour. The Motorsports Hall of Fame was excellent and a good deal with the track tour. Our tour guide was very good, although a thick accent. We learned a lot about the track (that it was originally a government airport). We were also able to drive around the track and visit victory lane. It was nice to see it all and made us want to go back when there's a race.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Worth the time and cost, even if you're not a race fan”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2007

The guided tour of Talladega Superspeedway is worthwhile even if you're not much of a race fan. The facility itself is vast -- I've heard it described as the largest sports venue in the world. Don't know if that's true, but there's seating for 143,000 people, and the infield area alone covers 212 acres. The banking on the turns is amazingly steep, and TV coverage and photos don't really do it justice. We happened to be there during the recent repaving (the first time the track's been resurfaced since it opened in 1969) and the paving machines had to be supported by cranes on the top of the banked curves to keep them from toppling down the banks. Because the repaving was underway, our tour bus didn't get to take a lap of the speedway, but we did get to view the track from the press/photo stand and walk around Victory Lane (a popular photo spot for the rest of the group).

Most people probably combine the track tour with a visit to the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame also located on the speedway grounds. In all honesty, most folks who aren't race fans would probably get their fill with the track tour only. Even with a huge NASCAR fan (my son) in the family, I'd be hard pressed to come up with a reason to do the museum again, but I'd definitely take the track tour again.

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Lynchburg, VA
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“Race was Great-Traffic was Horrible”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2006

Considering the amount of people that go to the races I think that they handle the load pretty well. My husband and I just returned from the UAW 500, and besides getting out of the facility after the race we had a great time. We arrived at Talladega around 8:30am for the 2:00pm race which gave us more than enough time to get parked, shop the many merchandise trailers and get to our seats for the race. There wasn't too much traffic going in, and we were quickly routed to a grass parking area where nearly everyone tailgated. They have several porta potties along the parking areas, but they weren't separated by sex and I overheard that they got pretty gross pretty quick. Prepare to walk a big distance depending on how far you park from the grandstands, and a lot of it is gravel walkways. There are many entrances for the main grandstands and signs showing you just where you need to go to find everything from concessions, bathrooms and your particular seating. The main grandstands are concrete walkways with metal seats (with backs). I would suggest bringing some sunscreen if you are sitting there since the sun will be directly on you all the way until at least 3 in the afternoon. The concession/bathroom area was a nice escape from the blazing sun, but you don't want to leave too often since you never know just what you might miss at a race! The bathrooms were clean and stocked well, but that was early in the morning. As expected there were many unhappy fans at our race and it was horrible to see how many people threw beer cans from the tower seats down onto the track. Be careful if you are in the seats below them since some of the can throwers don't have great aim and you could end up with the beer cans in your lap. Where we had someone guiding us into the lot we weren't so lucky on our way out! We stayed at least an hour and a half after the race ended and we still ended up sitting in traffic over an hour just to get to the interstate. Talladega Superspeedway employees and the Alabama state police don't seem to care how you get out of the area; just as long as you get out. Dozens and dozens of cars were driving on the shoulders of the road and cutting people off to make it to the interstate faster. We tried not to let the traffic situation bother us, but it's a real shame they can't try to direct people out as well as they direct people in! Our suggestion is to plan ahead and pack a meal for lunch and for dinner so you can let most of the fans out of the area before you hit interstate 20.

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