Cars, More Cars, Racing Stuff

(NASCAR Illustrated - August, 2005)

By Steve Waid
Photos David Griffin

Nestled atop a small hill on Highway 29 in Concord, N.C., just north of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, is a museum that houses an eclectic collection of automobiles – including race cars, muscle cars and more.

Backing Up Classics is owned by Jimmy Morrison, who, along with younger brother Gary, nurtured a love of cars instilled into them by their father, who regularly bought and sold cars, into a dealership called Morrison Motors. It opened in Concord in 1970 and featured mostly Corvette convertibles, but things changed rapidly. It now specializes in exotic, hard-to-find vehicles of all makes, some of which are very expensive, and motorcycles.

Morrison Motors has become a small tourist attraction, but Backing Up Classics is a much larger one.

The Morrisons bought the museum from founder Allan Miles, a real estate developer and fellow automobile enthusiast, who owned it for 14 years. With the purchase came several cars, antique and otherwise, and plenty of racing memorabilia.

The Morrisons have expanded the facility by adding cars and other memorabilia. The museum has a distinct racing atmosphere, but that’s not its only appeal. Rare and unique street cars are prevalent and include classic Corvettes, Volkswagen bugs and a Delorean.

Morrison’s operation of the museum includes regular display changes and a fresh inventory of cars, some of which are from his personal collection.

The museum regularly attracts visitors from all over the world.

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