ROANOKE, Va. -

The roots of NASCAR run deep in our part of Virginia. On Saturday, the pioneers of the sport will be in the spotlight here in Roanoke.

The Virginia Museum of Transportation is hosting the Blue Ridge Racer's Reunion from 10 am to 3 pm.

The event will honor Curtis Turner, a Floyd County native and Roanoke resident who is counted among NASCAR's best. And a who's who of dirt racing legends, including NASCAR Hall of Fame member Leonard Wood, will appear at the event.

MargaretSue Turner Wright is Curtis Turner's daughter. "And these guys that started this, people need to know what they were really like," Turner told WDBJ7 in an interview. "And they can come here and talk to these guys and get to know them and find out and hear all these stories and the humor."

The event will also include a parade of former race cars and other vintage vehicles. The cars will leave the Virginia Museum of Transportation at 3 o'clock and make a loop through downtown Roanoke.