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New museum exhibit highlights history of racing in the Chippewa Valley

Eau Claire (WQOW) – An exciting new race car exhibit is opening Tuesday, June 25 at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire.

The Chippewa Valley has an interesting history of racing dating back to the 1940s.

Local professional drivers have raced cars, go-karts, and even snowmobiles.

Now, the Chippewa Valley Museum wants to give the community a firsthand experience with real racing vehicles, according to Museum Director Carrie Ronnander.

“They’re not just artifacts that represent something, but they’re real items that real people from the Chippewa Valley drove and raced and won in,” Ronnander said.

Ronnander said exhibit highlights include Paul Menard’s winning car from the 2011 Brickyard 400, a 1939 Chevy from Menomonie’s Red Cedar Speedway, and a go-kart owned and painted by local racing legend Herm Johnson.

Visitors can see these vehicles and more starting June 25 through October 26.

For ticket information click here.


Julia Lopez

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