Moonshine And Motorsports Trail Unveiled

The North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources in conjunction with other organizations dedicated to the state’s rich history, recently unveiled the Moonshine and Motorsports Trail, to highlight the history of bootlegging and stock car racing in the state.

Funding for the Moonshine and Motorsports Trail was allocated in the 2021 state budget and developed under the DNCR.

Distilling grew out of the state’s rich agricultural and social history and auto racing in North Carolina has grown from occasional competitions among speed-hungry moonshiners during the 1930s to a multibillion-dollar industry that attracts legions of devoted followers across the nation and world.

This trail will help preserve motorsports and distilling history and culture, and aims to instill a sense of pride and ownership in this unique aspect of North Carolina culture.

There are eight designations to be unveiled this year as part of the “Year of the Trail” theme; the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Museum in Charlotte, the North Wilkesboro Speedway, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, Stone Mountain State Park in Alleghany and Wilkes counties, the Occoneechee Speedway near Hillsborough, the Rockingham Speedway, and the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

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