Strutmasters Museum

Look: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s #88 Chevy on display

As if the Carolina Collector Auto Fest wasn’t exciting enough, Strutmasters had another trick up its sleeve during the weekend of May 17-19.

As guests walked into the Livin’ the Dream Cafe, they were greeted by a car driven by one of NASCAR’s most beloved drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Jr. doesn’t need any introduction for anyone with even a passing familiarity with NASCAR. In addition to his own illustrious career, Earnhardt Jr. bears the namesake of perhaps the sport’s most legendary driver.

Buying Earnhardt Jr’s car an easy decision

Strutmasters founder and owner Chip Lofton said the decision to buy the vehicle was a no-brainer.

“When you get a chance at something like this it’s hard to pass it up,” said Lofton. “Dale Jr. is an icon of racing, just like his father. When you love racing as much as we do and as much as our customers do, you just have to go for it.”

Earnhardt Jr. drove this particular number 88 Chevy just once before donating it. Since then, the car has been on display across the country. This has allowed racing fans a view inside the cockpit.

Reactions from the CCAF

Guests of the Carolina Collector Auto Fest were ecstatic to see the famous #8 car driven by “The Pied Piper of Daytona.”

“It’s really cool to see Dale Jr.’s car up close and personal like this,” said David Straughan, a CCAF attendee. “Normally on TV these cars are going so fast you don’t really get a good look at them. I am also surprised to see how simple they are on the inside.”

Acquiring a legendary driver’s race car is just another in a series of moves Strutmasters has made to build up their racing credentials. The company is quickly becoming a well-recognized name among fans of the sport.

The 1929 Chevrolet International Model AC at the Strutmasters Museum

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The 1929 Chevrolet International Model AC

The-1929-Chevrolet-International-Model-AC-AThis 1929 Hand-Cranked Chevrolet was the second of what would become many in Strutmasters’ car collection. Chip Lofton, the owner and President of Strutmasters, purchased this antique in 2005. He purchased it in Strutmasters’ home town of Roxboro, North Carolina. Like most of the vehicles in our museum, there is a particularly unique story that comes along with this timeless classic.

Sometime around 2005, the Roxboro Museum here in Roxboro, North Carolina came to the realization that they needed more income. So the board members of the museum decided they were going to hold a raffle to let go of the vehicle. At this point, Chip had fallen in love with his first collector car, the Super 8, so he thought he would try his hand at making a hobby out of car collecting; Chip decided he would talk the Museum board into selling the ’29 Chevy to him directly. Chip, knowing the small size of Roxboro, knew it was going to take the museum forever to raffle off enough tickets to justify actually drawing a winning ticket. So he decided he would use this as his selling point. The board members of the Roxboro Museum all came to the same conclusion that the raffle would never generate enough revenue for the museum to justify actually drawing the raffle and giving away the car. Chip made one offer, and the museum took it!

The-1929-Chevrolet-International-Model-AC-BThe Chevrolet International Model AC has a hand-cranked starter. Luckily, the crank was in the trunk of the sedan when Chip purchased it. What’s more is this classic started right up on the second attempt! The day Chip went to pick up the car, it was a hot July day. Naturally, the vehicle had no air conditioning units of any sort. So, he rolled the windows all the way down and drove as fast as the old Chevrolet would let him to cool himself. This created a wind tunnel which, due to its age and construction, ripped the entire roof off of the classic! Hence why it is seen here with beams and no top covering!

The 1940 Buick Super 8 Coupe at the Strutmasters Museum

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The 1940 Buick Super 8 Coupe

The-1940-Buick-Super-8-Coupe-AHere on the Strutmasters grounds in Roxboro, NC, we have a HUGE custom car collection museum between our offices and our warehouse. The museum hosts a wide array of vehicles: from classic coupes, to hot rods, to retired NASCAR series trucks and ARCA race cars. Chip, the founder and President of Strutmasters, always likes to show our guests and customers the museum, so we thought we would show it to the rest of the world, too! Our museum depicts Chip’s life through the murals, cars, and displays. From Chip’s first drag car to the Strutmasters’ NASCAR truck, the museum shows its guests how Strutmasters all began.

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