These Old Disney World Racecars Need to Find a New Home
Visitors to Walt Disney World will have one less attraction to frequent on their next stay–the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Since 2000, the Walt Disney World Speedway has catered exclusively to the Petty track driving program, and beginning in 2012, its sister program as well, the Exotic Driving Experience. All operations at Walt Disney World Speedway were scheduled to end later this year, however in the wake of the tragic accident which claimed the life of once of its employees in April, the program has closed its doors at Disney. But for fans of the Disney World attraction, the ride doesn’t need to end there. Three of the Richard Petty Driving Experience cars are being resold in the wake of the closing, all of which bear the program’s racing livery and logos. One of the cars recently surfaced online at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the price for the rolling Disney memorabilia may take you by surprise. $3,500. RELATED: Someone Bought a Section of the Disney World Monorail
In the listing, the cars–now known as “rollers” without their engines and transmissions–are said to be ex-NASCAR racing chassis, which seems entirely plausible given Richard Petty’s extensive involvement in the sport. Over the years, the Driving Experience’s racecars would have ferried hundreds of thousands of fans around the tri-oval course at Disney. Now without engines, these cars are said to have been used extensively in promotional campaigns and for photo opportunities.
They haven’t lost that typically spartan NASCAR interior feel however. Inside, the racecars feature integrated roll cages, a sole racing seat, steering wheel, and a number of buttons, gauges, and switchgear located on the dashboard.
As a collectible, these cars are a good bit larger than your average Mickey Mouse bobble head or stuffed toy, perhaps putting them out of reach for most Disney World collectors. Then again, you don’t expect to come across one of these too often.
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