Mark Martin Ford and Batesville

April 14, 2006 Posted at 5:45 CST

Batesville, AR - Our Road Trip begins on the top of Ramsey Mountain in Batesville. Most people know Mark Martin is originally from Batesville, and now he's coming back home. Mark Martin Ford has their grand opening today with lots of events planned for everyone. The dealership holds six of Mark's former racing cars, a gift shop, and a museum full of pictures, trophies, and awards. They even have a copy of Mark's racing journal he kept while growing up.

"There's all kinds of stuff to do today. Mark will be here for autographs, there will be racing simulators, the museum is open, and of course, we'll make you a deal on a Mark Martin Ford."   Mooney Starr, long time friend and associate, says they take Mark for granted sometimes. "You know we forget who he is sometimes, he's a big time celebrity, but to us who have known him forever, he's just a good friend."

If you decide to stay in Batesville for the Grand Opening, you may want to check out a few other things in town. The Batesville Speedway is located just west of Batesville in Locust Grove. They have 5 different classes of racers, so your sure to see something you like. Thunder in the Grove is Friday and Saturday night.
Batesville sits right on the White River, with great sandbars and beaches for swimming, fishing, or 4-wheeler riding. On the other side of the river there are great parks and picnic areas, but if you don't want to bring your own food, stop by Josie's Steakhouse just down the road.
While you're there, take a drive through Main St. and see some historic homes and businesses. Or stop by the Chamber of Commerce for more information on the second oldest city in Arkansas.
Batesville has two colleges, UACCB, a two year community college that hosts concerts and events year-round. And Lyon College that hosts the Scottish Festival.
But at the end of the day, you might be getting hungry. I found the best place to eat, Fred's Fish House. It's right on the outskirts of town, on Harrison Street, and they are said to be the best catfish in Arkansas. I'd have to agree.
Here are a few links for information when planning your trip to Batesville:
Lyon College       Josie's Steakhouse
UACCB           Batesville Chamber of Commerce
Batesville Speedway     Mark Martin Ford