MAIN STREET STATION HISTORY
Where Stock Car Racing Was Born
Main Street Station an Authentic GarageWilliam Henry Getty "Bill" France (September 26, 1909 – June 7, 1992), also known as Bill France Sr. or Big Bill, was an American racing driver. He is best known for co-founding and managing NASCAR, a sanctioning body of US-based stock car racing.France was born in Washington, D. C., the son of Emma Graham, an immigrant from Ireland, and William Henry France. France skipped school as a teenager to make laps in the family Model T Ford at the high-banked 1.5-mile board track near Laurel, Maryland. He ran laps until there was just enough time to beat his father home.France worked at several jobs before owning and operating his own service station. He built his customer base by waking before dawn and crank-starting customer's' cars in the middle of winter.France was familiar with Daytona Beach's land speed record history when he moved his family from Washington D.C. to Daytona in the spring of 1935 to escape the Great Depression. He had less than $100 in his pocket when they left D.C. He began painting houses, then worked at a local car dealership. He set up a car repair shop in Daytona at 316 Main Street Station, still in existence today as an event and entertainment venue known as Main Street Station an Authentic Garage Bar.
Today Main Street Station is Daytona Beach's Hottest Destination on Main Street
As one of the most popular and historic destinations in Daytona Beach, Main Street Station is a must see for visitors to the area. Located just blocks from The Ocean Center Convention Center, Main Street Station is a historical landmark with its beginning dating back to 1934 along with the origins of stock car racing on the beach. Once a fully functioning garage owned and operated by NASCAR founder, Bill France Sr., this vintage garage bar maintains its authentic roots in appearance and its mission to keep the racing spirit of years past alive by hosting special annual events such as Back to the Roots honoring legends of racing. Main Street Station features three full, open-air bars, ample and visible bike and car parking, nightly specials, live music, dancing, pool tables, free WI-FI, theme nights, live video web-streaming, "Main Street Station" branded merchandise, and the largest, cleanest restrooms on Main Street!
Main Street Station is THE PLACE TO BE for Bike Week and Biketoberfest offering Daytona's hottest entertainment including multiple National Acts, exciting nightlife and the friendliest staff! This one-of-a-kind authentic vintage garage bar and historic gathering place attracts people of all ages and demographics. It is well known for its Wednesday Bike Nights and Daytona's BEST Live Music, with daily activities, drink specials, a burger bar and more.
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