Enthusiasm is already mounting among E&H fans for a miniature replica of a car sponsored by the College that raced this past spring at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
Orders for the die-cast car, the quantities of which are limited, have been coming to WEHC 90.7 even before the cars have been made available through the College bookstore and other venues.
The replica race car, which measures eight inches long and four inches wide, is marked with the E&H and WEHC logos, making it a popular piece of memorabilia, the value of which is expected to increase over time.
This is a rare opportunity to own a unique piece of E&H history. Because supplies are limited and because this enticing collectible is associated with a memorable event and a well-known racing firm, the monetary and sentimental value of this replica will quickly grow.Dirk Moore General Manager of WEHC
The No. 39 Toyota, owned by Martin-McClure Racing and driven by Chad Finchum placed fifth in the April race. Eric McClure, a member of the E&H Class of 2000, is half of the Martin McClure team and used his racing business to promote his alma mater.
McClure and Finchum are expected to be present at upcoming E&H events, including Homecoming, to autograph the packaging containing the replica cars as they are sold. The cars will be available for $45 and are available at the Emory & Henry Mercantile and at Overstock Mercantile in Chilhowie.
Proceeds from the sales will support WEHC 90.7.
“We are very grateful to Eric and Martin McClure Racing for the efforts they have made to promote and support Emory & Henry and WEHC,” Moore said. “This generosity will be paid forward as many fans will find the purchase of these replicas as a way to support WEHC while providing a rare and wonderful gift for themselves and, as the holidays approach, for others.”