Alan Kulwicki's "UNDERBIRD" slated to move
Ownership of Alan Kulwicki's 1992 Ford Thunderbird racecar, known as the UNDERBIRD, has recently transferred from Larry & Pam Bean of Daytona Beach to the original founders of Hooters restaurants in Clearwater, FL. Original Hooters. The Beans had purchased the chassis from Geoff Bodine Racing in 1993, after Kulwicki's untimely death in a plane crash. They restored the car to its former glory, as authentic in every way to how it looked at the 1992 Atlanta 500 race when Alan clinched the 1992 Winston Cup Championship.
Finding a permanent home for the UNDERBIRD, where it would be displayed in a way that honors Alan's championship spirit and which gives wide access to race fans, was the Beans' goal once the restoration project was completed. http://www.underbird.com. This famous race car has been on display in museums in Daytona Beach, and most recently in Mooresville, North Carolina for race fans to enjoy and as a poignant reminder of Kulwicki's racing accomplishments.
The car is a site to behold and is in perfect restored state. Repairs with original parts are essential when maintaining an iconic auto racing vehicle.
and Pam and Larry Bean at the
Alan Kulwicki Memorial Park, Wisconsin
The new owners are constructing a Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas which will be open to the public sometime in late 2005. In its new setting, and with the greater resources available to the Hooters Casino Hotel, the UNDERBIRD will be the centerpiece of a spectacular interactive motor sports display. The UNDERBIRD will be a part of the tribute to Alan Kulwicki's racing career while highlighting his connection with Hooters' own successful history. These new owners have their hearts in the right place and they can ensure that the car will be preserved in its current state of restoration, so that a greater number of race fans will be able to enjoy it for many years to come.
Fans on the East Coast are still able to see Alan's UNDERBIRD at the North Carolina Automobile Racing Hall of Fame http://www.ncarhof.com for a little while longer though. The UNDERBIRD is slated to move to is new home in Las Vegas late in 2005.
the Daytona Racing Museum
UPDATE- February 2006
We have recently learned that Alan’s UNDERBIRD has been moved from the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall Of Fame to The new Hooters Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Although we were not involved with the transition and resulting display, we have confidence that Alan would be proud to have his Famous Racecar in this new setting.
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