Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

They've Got It in Stock; for Some NASCAR Fans, There's No Such Thing as Too Much Racing Memorabilia

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

They've Got It in Stock; for Some NASCAR Fans, There's No Such Thing as Too Much Racing Memorabilia

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Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT

NASCAR fans display their passion as plainly as the checkered flag at the finish line. From hats and posters to die-cast cars, license plates and cereal boxes, the lineup of memorabilia is as limitless as the appeal of the sport. Though this weekend's Daytona 500 naturally revs the spirit of devotees, these four fans don't require a race to keep their urge to collect in high gear.

JOHN SHINNERS

37, Mandarin

FAVORITE DRIVER: Jeff Gordon.

HIS COLLECTION: Housed in the garage, it includes a piece of sheet metal from the driver's side of a car John Andretti raced at Bristol in 1998. Like most fans who acquire car parts, Shinners' sheet metal came from a friend of a friend, who knew somebody, who, well . . . you get the picture. "I think it's kind of neat that Andretti had the No. 98 car in 1998," Shinners said. Ice cream containers, pencils, life-size cardboard standups of drivers and a NASCAR-themed ceiling fan are just a few of the items that fill his 200-square-foot garage.

WHAT HE DRIVES: White 2006 Dodge Ram.

JOHN SELDOMRIDGE

56, Hilliard

FAVORITE DRIVER: "Awesome Bill" from Dawsonville (Bill Elliott from Georgia).

HIS COLLECTION: Seldomridge runs a garage and wrecker service with his son, Michael. They built a 3-foot-wide catwalk around the office so people can stroll through their collection, which they estimate includes thousands of items. Highlights include the damaged front end of a car driven by Mark Martin, which is mounted on the wall. Six full-size race car hoods hang from the ceiling, presiding over the floor-to-ceiling homage to the sport, which includes helmets, banners, autographed photos, flags, inflatable cars, signs, cardboard standups of drivers, spark plugs, posters and countless other pieces of "automobilia."

"We love everything about cars. The look, the speed, the power, the mechanics. …

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