Posted on July 10, 2010
What could better than combining Nascar with a job you love: Giving North Carolinians with mobility challenges their lives back with wheelchair ramps? For Amramp of North Carolina owner Rick Griffiths, the icing on his profession came with a call from the world-renowned architecture firm founded by I.M. Pei, whose landmarks include the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“It’s an honor to work with the famed architects, but for me the real thrill was knowing I would be installing wheelchair ramps inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame,” Griffiths said.
As a fan who has volunteered at the track, Griffiths, welcomes the state-of-the-art facility honoring NASCAR icons: “establishing an enduring tribute to the drivers, crew members, team owners, and others that have impacted the sport in the past, present and future.”
Inside the 40,000-square-foot facility, visitors will find:
ò Showcases of the history and heritage of the sport.
ò Full Throttle Theater featuring films about the history of NASCAR
ò Glory Road: A ramp leading to more than a dozen historic cars
ò Transporter Simulator offers a firsthand look at the team’s nerve-center at the track
ò A Racing Simulator: Highlighting the drivers’ race-day perspective
What visitors likely won’t see: the 5 patented steel wheelchair ramps Amramp has permanently installed inside the $160 million museum located in uptown Charlotte, adjacent to the Charlotte Convention Center: “The modular wheelchair ramps are behind-the-scenes, more for industrial ramp usage than for wheelchair ramps,” Griffiths said.
Thinking about the modular wheelchair ramp installation, the local Amramp owner based in Charlotte can’t help but relate his experience taking a race car for a spin on the track:
“It’s a big rush – an exhilaration – to be in a car that’s shaking. It’s no luxury vehicle! I averaged a speed of 142 mph, pretty good for someone who’s never done it before.”
See “where the race lives on” at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Amramp, offers a fast, easy and safe wheelchair ramp solution to improve people’s lives. Amramp is a national organization with local, factory-trained professionals and with local inventory throughout the country. To learn more about Amramp’s modular steel wheelchair ramp system, please fill out the form to the left or call us toll-free at 888-715-7598