NASCAR Great Lorenzen Visits Own Exhibit at Elmhurst Historical
The Elmhurst native known as "Fearless Freddie" took an emotional trip through a tribute to his own life at the Elmhurst Historical Museum's "On the Road to Glory" exhibit.
It was an emotional trip for former NASCAR driver Fred Lorenzen as he was given the treat of touring his own museum exhibit devoted to his life and career last Wednesday, the museum posted in a release on the Chicago Tribune website.
According to the release, "Fearless Freddie," who grew up in Elmhurst (and was also called the "Elmhurst Express"), was accompanied by his daughter Amanda Lorenzen Gardstrom as they viewed photos and videos and trophies from his luminous career, including his famous victory at the 1965 Daytona 500.
“This is unbelievable,” Lorenzen is quoted saying in the release. “I can’t believe you put all this together.” Later, witnessing the crash that ended his friend "Fireball" Roberts' life, he is quoted recalling "that was a sad day, for sure.”
More information on "On the Road to Glory" is available at the Elmhurst Historical Museum website.