The Turnbull 1886 rifle has been selected to the 2nd annual “bracket” challenge similar to the NCAA Tournament bracket where America votes for their favorite guns. Seated at #7, the Turnbull 1886 goes up against the Mossberg MVP Flex. The color case hardened action, and the expertly finished American black walnut stocks should set this lever action apart from the field. Please show your support by voting here: http://www.gunsandammo.com/bracket/
The Tony Stewart Stewart ‘Smoke Show’ took place at Texas Motor Speedway this past August. This event is a way for people to experience a day in the life of a Sprint Cup driver. The day is full – starting with a driver’s meeting, driver introductions, parade laps, and time behind the wheel driving a replica racecar around the track at top speeds. Participants then received a ride of a lifetime with Tony himself. After the racing was said and done, everyone gathered in Victory Lane for a celebration that included firing the famous six shooters that Turnbull Manufacturing built. The day was concluded with a dinner and an auction in which Turnbull Manufacturing donated a custom and one of a kind ‘Smoke Show’ Turnbull Model 1886 rifle. The rifle featured flames carved into the buttstock and forend, and engraving that included the logos of ‘Smoke Show’, Texas Motor Speedway, and Speedway Children’s Charities. The engraving was finished off with Tony Stewarts signature, the star of Texas and the outline of the state of Texas. Speedway Children’s Charities was founded to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in an effort to help them live produtive lives. Doug is looking forward to participating in next years event.
The weekend of April 17th and 18th (and 19th) we were honored to provide Turnbull manufactured firearms to the winners of the April NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway. We manufactured a custom rifle for the winner of the pole position race and custom pistols for the winner of the primary NASCAR race. Read more about these commemorative firearms. Before the races, we were fortunate to be able to attend the Texas Motor Speedway proclamation day in Fort Worth and give people a sneak peak of the commemorative firearms Turnbull would be presenting to the winners of that weekend’s races. While we were there we met Texas Governor, Rick Perry; Fort Worth Mayor, Mike Moncrief; President of Texas Motor Speedway, Eddie Gossage; NASCAR racer Bobby Labonte; and others. We were impressed that they blocked off some main streets in downtown Fort Worth to hold the event! The first race was the pole position race on Friday. Always an unpredictable race where potential winners can appear with each new race time, we were pleasantly surprised when Tony Stewart jumped from about the 11th position to 1st and won the race. After the race, Tony drove his car up and we presented the commemorative rifle. Tony was able to shoot the rifle off in the winner’s circle. The big race, originally schedule to take place on Sunday, April 18th was postponed to Monday the 19th due to rain. The race was exciting and even though the weather was threatening even on Monday, the race went on as planned. It did end with a crash with only about 20 laps to go, but luckily no one was hurt! Denny Hamlin was the winner of that race and he received the two Turnbull manufactured pistols. We presented the pistols to Denny who also fired them off in the winner’s circle.
View pictures from these events Look for Turnbull again at the IndyCar Series Race at Texas Motor Speedway on June 5th where we will be shooting off another set of commemorative pistols. We’ll also be presenting an additional set of commemorative shotgun and pistols to the winners of the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 7th.
If you read our recent post about how the whole Turnbull Manufacturing / Texas Motor Speedway relationship came to be, then you also know that I am a Tony Stewart fan. I love NASCAR, and would have been happy to present the pole trophy to any driver, but to have the honor to presenting to Tony was just awesome.
This photo of Tony holding the Turnbull rifle is from an article in USA Today about Tony’s first pole in 5 years.
We’ve met some amazing folks this weekend from Governor Perry to Jeff Gordon and several in between. We look forward to share more in the coming week as we get back from Texas.
As for now, we’re waiting on the rain to lift and the track to dry so racing can get underway. It’s been a great couple of days – and it looks like our stay may get extended a day or so if the race is postponed until tomorrow.
Stay tuned for more great stories and photos from Texas and Turnbull Manufacturing.