THE ALLISON HERITAGE
Today, the Allison family heritage is being carried on by brothers, Kenny, Ronald, and Donald, sons of the legendary Donnie Allison. The Allison brothers are experienced racers, who are best known presently in the sport, as premium race car builders. Though the brothers have built everything from Winston Cup to All Pro race cars, their most visible work in recent years has been seen through the tremendous growth of the Legends car series. At the beginning of 1996, following three years of research and development, the brothers introduced a car and series with a different set of criteria from the Legends. The new Allison Legacy Race Car is the new car, built by a family of pure racers. With their introduction of the Allison Legacy Race Car, the brothers are carrying on the Allison family heritage in auto racing.
In addition to the Allison brothers, Justin Allison is moving up in his racing career and is a third generation Allison driver. Pam Allison Stricklin, sister of Kenny, Ronald, and Donald, remains actively involved in the sport and is married to former NASCAR Cup driver Hut Stricklin. Stevie Allison, cousin to the Allison brothers, has made his mark in auto racing by competing in the Slim Jim All Pro Series. In 2009 Taylor Stricklin began his racing career in the Street Stock Division at Hickory Motor Speedway. Donnie Allison remains actively involved in racing as a motorsports consultant. Donnie’s wife Pat, a past Director of the Winston/Sprint Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary serves as Administrator for CompCar of NC, Inc., the sanctioning body of the Allison Legacy Race Series. Bobby Allison, a noted ambassador in auto racing, continues his involvement with NASCAR and the Cup Series.
The Allison’s have contributed a great deal to sport of auto racing. The entire family involvement in racing is now reflected in the Allison Legacy Race Series, and the family name is a recognized icon in motor sports. If the success the series boasted in the past few years is any indication for growth, the Allison brothers are definitely geared to be blazing into the future with their new Legacy Race Car. The gift passed down from Donnie and Bobby Allison, has truly been well received by the younger siblings, and is reflected in the Allison brothers’ knowledge and quality workmanship.
We’ve been around racing all our lives, it’s part of who we are.” explains Kenny Allison, “My brothers and I, and our sister Pam, have always gone to the track with dad and mom. I’ve got kids of my own, and Donald has two children. We want to continue our family involvement in racing.
Justin Clay Allison, the 21 year old son of Kenny has won the 2010 Allison Legacy Series Championship. He made his debut in a sanctioned Legacy race at the road course at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC in December, 2005. He started on the pole and finished in the 10th position. Justin finished in eighth place in points in the Touring Series in 2006 with his grandfather, Donnie at the helm of the team and finished fourth in the Touring Series Points Chase in 2007, third in 2008 and 2009. He raced in the Pro Cup Late Model Series and the PASS Super Series in selected races in 2010,2011 and 2012. 2013 saw Justin move to the ARCA Series racing at Kansas Speedway and testing for Daytona for the 2014 ARCA race. The young Allison girls work at the CompCar office and are actively involved with the goings on. Judging by the tight bond, and commitment to family, the Allison Legacy will be handed down from generation to generation long into the years ahead.
ALLISON BROTHERS RACE CARS
Allison Brothers Race Cars, Inc. was founded in 1987 by Kenny, Ronald, and Donald Allison. The company began specializing in building race cars and has fabricated Winston Cup, Busch Grand National, ARCA, All Pro, and Sportsman cars. The brothers have built race cars and components for over 30 race teams that include:
- Tri-Star Motorsports, Inc.
- Davey Allison Racing
- Robert Yates Racing
- Ken Schrader Racing
- Morgan-McClure Motorsports
- Bahari Racing
- Collins Engineering
- Sam Ard
In 1992 the company began building Legends Cars in conjunction with 600 Racing and continued through 1995. In 1995, the operation switched exclusively to the manufacturing of the new Allison Legacy Race Car.
The Allison Brothers Race Car shop is located approximately 45 minutes north of Charlotte near Salisbury, NC, on US 70. Visitors are welcome and shop tours are available upon request.