NASCAR Productions Restores Rare Raymond Parks Film Ahead of His Hall-of-Fame Induction

Raymond Parks’ name will finally be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame during this Friday’s induction ceremony. His contributions to the sport will be recognized some 80 years after he first became involved in stock-car racing’s rough-edged formative years. While his classmates have had their stories told to national audiences through video, very little video content featuring Parks exists except for fading, sepia-toned photographs and interviews conducted much later in Parks’ long life. However, Ken Martin, video historian and archivist for NASCAR Productions, has painstakingly restored and digitized content the original 16-millimeter film that Parks first commissioned in 1941, seven years before NASCAR’s founding.

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