The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s signature exhibit, the 40-foot tall “Sweep of Speed,” underwent an exciting transformation heading into the New Year and again is ready to wow visitors and Daytona International Speedway tour guests.
Just before the holiday season, a crew from Orlando-based Nassal removed two vehicles from the soaring exhibit of historic racers and replaced them with two others over the course of two days. It’s the first major refresh of the Sweep of Speed since 2016 — the year the MSHFA museum opened in the Ticket & Tours Building at DIS following its move from Michigan.
“Any time you come to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America here in Daytona you can be sure you’ll see some of the greatest American racing vehicles ever,” MSHFA President George Levy said. “Sometimes that literally involves reaching for the sky.”
The two-day transformation was captured in the 90-second time lapse video below (also available to view at www.mshf.com).
The Sweep of Speed features a 31-degree slice of Daytona International Speedway’s famous high-banked turns. A pack of historic vehicles across motorsports disciplines are mounted on the banking, with others suspended from the roof behind them.
Viewed together, these machines jockey in timeless, overhead competition toward an ever-elusive checkered flag.
The 1979 Can-Am champion Lola T333CS of 2020 inductee Jacky Ickx, and the Scott Dixon driven 2008 Indy 500-winning Dallara-Honda IR-05, on loan from 2016 inductee Chip Ganassi and Chip Ganassi Racing, were the two new cars installed.
The brawny 1970 Lola T165 Can-Am car of 2000 MSHFA inductee Peter Gregg, and an exquisite replica of the Rodger Ward (MSHFA Class of 1995) 1959 Indianapolis 500 winning roadster that also honors 1996 inductee and chassis-builder A.J. Watson, previously lived in the display.
Moving precious four-wheeled artifacts requires patience and skill. Nassal’s crew employed cranes, pulleys and teamwork to detach the Lola and the Watson roadster from the banking on the first day and installed the Ickx Can-Am champion and Dixon Indy 500 winner the following day.
Access to the MSFHA is included with every Daytona International Speedway tour, which run throughout each day, or as a museum-only ticket. The attraction is open daily nearly year round except holidays and on major DIS race and event days.