NASCAR HEAVEN — Boundy’s NASCAR Museum in Springville has memorabilia from NASCAR races, Sabres and Bills collectibles, including many diecast cars. Owner Howard Boundy has been a fan since childhood. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — Springville is home to the only NASCAR museum in the Western New York area: Boundy’s NASCAR Museum on Barnstead Drive in downtown Springville, which has been attracting racing fans from all over the area, for the past 28 years.
The museum is operated by Howard Boundy, who has been around the race track his whole life. Boundy grew up right next to Holland Speedway and he has been attending races since he was a baby. Every Saturday, from opening day in May until the season championship in August, Boundy is there.
At first, Boundy and his family went to the track because they were given free tickets by Holland Speedway. He then began to fall in love with racing, he said. It was the sound of the engines and the smell of the rubber that couldn’t keep him away. As he got older, he started collecting. A small hobby turned into a whole museum.
“I started collecting things and it took off from there,” Boundy said. “I had so many different things that I wanted to display them. I wanted everybody else to share the passion that I have for NASCAR. I like to show it off. It took a lot of work.”
Boundy opened the museum in 1986 and 28 years later, the museum has tripled in size, with more than 2,000 diecast cars. Diecast cars are miniature replicas of cars that participated in Sprint Cup, Nationwide and many other NASCAR disciplines. The diecast cars in the museum range in size from 164-scale to 124-scale. The cars are hung up throughout the 1,000-square-foot museum. Boundy has a small collection of 60 diecast cars that he designed and painted himself, which represent some of the greatest drivers to ever race at Holland Speedway.
His collection of diecast cars continues to grow. Every time a new paint scheme in released, Boundy is working the EBay market or traveling to NASCAR shows and tracks, to add to his collection.
“Whenever a new paint scheme comes out, I try to buy it,” Boundy said. “The diecast cars are the most valuable items in the museum. They range from $4-$500 in market value, in the museum.”
Other memorabilia includes yearbooks and programs from local NASCAR to the Sprint Cup. Boundy’s collection of Holland Speedway programs dates back to 1964. One of his most appealing items to visitors is a Richard Petty-autographed Goodyear tire. Petty, nicknamed “The King,” accumulated 200 wins in his NASCAR career and is considered one of best drivers of all time, holding the NASCAR record for the most Daytona 500 victories.
Another rare item is a fender autographed by another well-known driver, Ward Burton. Boundy also has memorabilia signed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rusty Wallace, Jimmy Spencer and Terry Labonte, to name a few. The total memorabilia in the museum is worth an estimated $100,000.
“It gives me a sense of pride,” Boundy said. The collector has traveled to more than 20 NASCAR tracks, nationwide. “I’ve traveled all over the country to collect this stuff. I’ve been to tracks in Daytona, Charlotte and Michigan. It’s a hobby of mine, that I really enjoy.”
In 1990, Boundy got his NASCAR license, which allows him to attend every NASCAR-affiliated race in the country, free of cost. The license also gets him free merchandise and apparel. Since 1990, Boundy has served as the official NASCAR photographer at Holland Speedway and Lake Erie Speedway. The museum also displays a collection of his photos from local tracks like Holland, Lancaster, Perry, Erie and Spencer.
The museum has recently added a remodeled Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres room, that offers autographed memorabilia from the Buffalo Bills teams in the 1990s to the Buffalo Sabres’ “French Connection.”
Boundy invites fans of all ages to check his museum, that has also added five big-screen TV’s and seating, to give it a sports bar feel. He’ll even give visitors a free beverage.
For more information on Boundy’s NASCAR Museum, visit Boundysnascarmuseum.com.