Facebook and Twitter lit up with news about the June 23 West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inductions. A tweet containing a post-induction photo of John and Carol Bickford and Jeff Gordon was still being retweeted more than a month after the Napa, Calif. ceremonies.
Gordon’s retweet of the photo alone garnered multiple millions of impressions among the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion’s many followers.
On Facebook, inductee Jim Thirkettle was roundly congratulated by his fans. Here is a sampling of their reactions:
“I loved racing with a being schooled by Jim. He was a class act.” – Larry Lord
“My mom’s favorite driver.” – Judy Lynch DeGraaf
“My mom’s friend took me to Mesa Marin, I think in 1979 and told me to watch the 5 car. From that night on I was hooked.” – Richard Rogers
“My first childhood racing hero. Love that candy apple red car. The Candy Man belongs in the Hall of Fame, for sure.” – Perry Shelton.