History Channel’s “American Pickers” go pickin’ for NASCAR memorabilia

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Danielle Colby Cushman from History Channel’s “American Pickers” get revved up about an awesome new client:

Charlotte’s very own, NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Mike, a picker of junk since the age of four, owns Antique Archaeology, in Le Claire, Iowa. His partner in crime, Frank, a former fire and safety inspector, started collecting rocks and beer cans at an young age. He know spends all his time on the road with Mike, picking. Danielle holds down Antique Archaeology and finds the places for the “pickers” to hit. According to Mike and Frank, “Danielle keeps them both in line.”

The curators at the NASCAR Hall of Fame have asked American Pickers to scour North Carolina for relics that help tell the unique history of auto racing. But with their limited budget, they’re under even more pressure to deliver. Are they able to find goldmine’s in the Charlotte area?

Their first stop was NASCAR Legend Tiger Tom Pistone’s race shop in Concord. The veteran racer’s collection dates back over half a century and includes must-have items that helped revolutionize what is known as today’s NASCAR. See what type of hard bargains Tiger drives on some awesome pieces of history.

Also in this episode:

“Humpy” Wheeler is the former president of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and although his attic is a gold mine, getting him to part with any of his treasures takes serious charm and a charitable strategy. Later, Billy Biscoe was part of the Richard Petty pit crew in the early days and has a collection of jaw-dropping artifacts that’s as impressive as his stories. Biscoe also lets the boys have some extra fun and puts them into a pair of vintage racecars for a drag race showdown.

Premiere date for the show was last evening, but no worries, it will be re-airing on the History Channel this coming Friday, April 15th at 8/7c, so set your DVR’s – you don’t want to miss this!!

If you’re interested in American Pickers merchandise, you can visit their web site at http://shop.history.com.