Every great story must begin somewhere.
For NASCAR, their story began on this day, 67 years ago.
William H.G. France had overseen the creation of the National Championship Stock Car Circuit for the 1947 season. And with the NCSCC, France had not only rolled out innovations such as a standard set of rules and a points system but awarded sums of prize money to race winners and the series champion, Fonty Flock.
However, “Big Bill” decided to push even further. And so, on Dec. 14, 1947, he began a series of meetings with drivers, promoters, and mechanics inside the Ebony Room of the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida, in hopes of establishing an even bigger series.
It was a rather unique assembly of people in that room. In his 2012 book “100 Things NASCAR Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die,” writer Mike Hembree lists a snippet of a report from local journalist Benny Kahn that describes participants as “the owner of a small local filling station; a local race driver; a Providence, Rhode Island motorcycle dealer; an Atlanta garage operator; a Spartanburg turnip farmer; a New Rochelle, New York midget racetrack promoter; a moonshiner or two with anonymous addresses; and assorted hustlers.”
As the meetings progressed, France was named president of the new series, which was initially to be called the National Stock Car Racing Association.
However, when it was found that another racing organization was using the name already, the group voted to instead use a suggestion from top mechanic Red Vogt – the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.
NASCAR would be officially founded on Feb. 21, 1948. It’s come a long way since then.