The History of Main Street Station - An Authentic Garage Bar
William Henry Getty "Bill" France (September 26, 1909 – June 7, 1992), also known as Bill France Sr. or Big Bill, was an American racing driver. He is best known for co-founding and managing NASCAR, a sanctioning body of US-based stock car racing.
France was born in Washington, D. C., the son of Emma Graham, an immigrant from Ireland, and William Henry France. France skipped school as a teenager to make laps in the family Model T Ford at the high-banked 1.5-mile board track near Laurel, Maryland. He ran laps until there was just enough time to beat his father home.France worked at several jobs before owning and operating his own service station. He built his customer base by waking before dawn and crank-starting customer's' cars in the middle of winter.
France was familiar with Daytona Beach's land speed record history when he moved his family from Washington D.C. to Daytona in the spring of 1935 to escape the Great Depression. He had less than $100 in his pocket when they left D.C. He began painting houses, then worked at a local car dealership. He set up a car repair shop in Daytona at 316 Main Street Station, still in existence today as an event and entertainment venue known as Main Street Station an Authentic Garage Bar.
Too keep our history alive, Main Street Station puts on Back to the Roots Daytona every year in February. Back to the Roots Daytona is an annual event to celebrate the history and culture of auto racing.
What We do: We promote the awareness of maintaining a link to the history of racing and celebrating the people who have made the sport what it is today and into the future by bringing everyone together at the annual event.
Event location: 316 Main Street Station is a historic gathering place where Bill France Sr once owed a garage. It is now a hotspot for meeting friends and hearing live entertainment. With over 35,000sq ft it can host many types of events throughout the year.
Vision: To unite the Legends of Auto Racing and share stories, history and memorabilia with today's fans and enthusiasts.
What we need: We need partners to spread the word of the event, help collect auction items, provide tools to grow the event and fans to attend the festival.
Our next meeting will be held on:
August 7th, 2017 at 6PM @ Main Street Station
We invite and encourage all racing enthusiasts who want to get involved with our annual event to attend, meet the group who started it all and share the love of history together.
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