This week the 53rd National Championship Air Races will be taking place just outside Reno, Nevada. Besides the racers and teams that have made the event the world’s fastest motorsport, fans and spectators are an important part of the culture of air racing and we’ve been researching their place in that exciting history. If you’re a Reno air racing fan, we’re asking you to donate your most-loved t-shirt, jacket, hat, or buttons related to the races to our collection.
The Museum has always collected artifacts from speed fans. We have artifacts from the 1920s, 1930s, and post-World War II eras of air racing.
What we do not have is fan-owned and worn items related to the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, which is being held this week. We’re looking for t-shirts, jackets, hats, or buttons related to the races, like winning teams competing in the various classes (Unlimited, Jet, Sport, T-6, Biplane, and Formula One), or from dedicated groups like Section 3 that represent the last five decades of racing in Reno. Ideally, we would like two to three examples of each in used but excellent condition dating from 1964 to 2016.
If you’re interested in adding your most treasured objects from the National Championship Air Races to the historical record at the National Air and Space Museum, we invite you to fill out our object donation form. We’re asking that air racing fans submit our form by October 31, 2016 to be considered for inclusion in the national collection. We’re excited about sharing your story with the world.
Even if you don’t have an object you would like us to consider, we’d love to hear about your favorite memories of attending an air race in the comments.