On Sunday I drove to Kernersville, North Carolina for the Kevin Harvick Fan Club. The event took place at Kevin Harvick Inc. and I really enjoyed meeting the drivers, touring the shop, and meeting fellow Kevin Harvick fans. It was a great afternoon and I was able to meet Max Papis, Ron Hornaday, Ken Schrader, and, of course, Kevin Harvick. The only person I was unable to meet was DeLana Harvick, but only about 100 fans were allowed to get her autograph. I gladly waited in line to receive each autograph as they were giving up a Sunday afternoon to meet all Harvick’s fans.
While at KHI, I noticed they were selling pieces of sheetmetal from various cars. My favorite car that Harvick drives, besides the #29, is the #33 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet. They did not have any diecasts of the car available, but they were selling a driver side door panel from one of the cars. I had to buy it! The proceeds from the sale went to the Kevin Harvick Foundation and that justified the purchase in my mind. I had this signed by all the afore mentioned drivers, as well as many members of the crew, including Harvick’s crew cheif, Butch Hylton.
Besides meeting the drivers, there were many cars on display and fans could tour the race shop and fabrication shop. These are located in two separate buildings, but serve important functions. There were countless contests, music, food, and just a great atmosphere among the fans. After all, we did all have something in common and most conversations were in regard to Harvick or KHI.
This was the 10th and final year for the Fan Club Gathering at KHI. Next year they will hold events at various race tracks around the country in order to reach more fans, but there is a certain excitement about holding the event at KHI. With that being said, I am glad I was able to attend this, the final Fan Club Gathering. I believe it is going to be a hassle holding events on race weekends, but we wait and see.
I have included several photos in this post from the weekend and I hope you enjoy them. This weekend I plan to describe History 592 – Material Culture (my favorite class) in a post. Until then…