‘I love nothing more than crossing state lines. The thought of doing this on a main street in between Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia was too good an opportunity to pass up…’
Twice the Fun…
Both cities look similar (obviously) and are joined by a fabulously massive overhead sign telling you that either one is a good place to live. Bristol, VA is officially known for being the birthplace of country music as the first recordings were made here. Bristol, Tennessee boasts the world’s fastest half-mile track, which is in the local Speedway.
Personally, I was relieved that they both had claims to fame. I imagined all kinds of petty jealousy caused by one being famous for tons of stuff while the other had missed out on everything due to being a few yards further away. That would be rather annoying for the local tourist board on the other side. As it happens, this is not a problem as they clearly work well together to promote the fact that they’re both as similar as they are different.
After arriving in Bristol, Tennessee, we had to stop by and check out the Speedway. Bristol Motor Speedway is the 4th largest sports venue in the US and 8th largest in the world. That’s a pretty impressive statistic and the venue can seat 160,000 people. Parking must be a right headache when it’s busy. It’s famous for hosting NASCAR events, amongst others.
I know virtually nothing about NASCAR, with the extent of my knowledge being I’m aware that Danica Patrick was the first female driver to win a pole in the Sprint Cup Series. I only know this because she’s in a Miranda Lambert music video and I Googled her after seeing it
Bristol Speedway is also famous for being used to shoot scenes for the Tom Cruise movie, ‘Days of Thunder’, as well as being the inspiration for the racing track in Disney Pixar’s ‘Cars’. I loved one of those movies. Lightning McQueen is such a BOSS.