The Streamline Hotel
With its dazzling art-deco architecture, legendary history, and exciting revitalization, the Streamline Hotel is one of Daytona Beach’s most alluring new places to stay and play.
Opened in 1940, the Streamline Hotel was the first fully fireproof building in Daytona Beach, and also served as the city’s first bomb shelter during WWII in anticipation of an air raid. But the property’s real claim to fame is being the birthplace of one of the nation’s most cherished traditions: the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). On December 14, 1947, racing driver, Bill France, Sr. met with drivers, officials, and promoters in the hotel’s rooftop bar, the Ebony Club. For the next 69 days, the men discussed the current problems and future direction of their sport. Bill France, Sr. even sketched out what would become the NASCAR points system on the back of a bar napkin. When the meeting adjourned on February 21, 1948, NASCAR was formed.