NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick buys Hollywood mansion
Less than a week before his final race, NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick and his wife bought their forever home: a mansion on Lake Norman that hosted one of Hollywood’s famous dinner scenes, from Will Ferrell’s classic sports comedy, “Talladega Nights.”
On October 30, Harvick and his wife, Delana Harvickpaid $6.75 million for Cornelius’ mansion in the 17200 block of Connor Quay Court, Mecklenburg County public records show.
The couple previously lived at 6900 Hudspeth Road in Harrisburg, according to records.
The sale of Cornelius Mansion was first reported by the Charlotte Business Journal.
The Harvicks bought the mansion from Dan and Judith Moore.
In March, when the Morrises put their mansion up for sale, Dan Moore told the Charlotte Observer that he was a huge fan of the 2006 film “Talladega Nights.”
However, Moore said he never knew the home they bought in 2018 hosted the famous “Dear Lord Baby Jesus” scene in the movie.
Moore said he did not learn of the unforgettable film setting in the mansion until after purchasing the home for $4 million.
The one feature the couple saved when they rebuilt the 12,000-square-foot mansion was the fireplace. “It’s the same thing that happens in the movie when Ricky and his family are sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner,” Moore said.
“It’s 99% changed,” he said of the palace’s interior.
The couple put the house up for sale to be closer to their son and grandchildren in Huntersville, Dan Moore said at the time.
The Morrises have put the six-bedroom home on the market for $9.9 million, according to its listing by Realtor Candy Lowe of RE/MAX Executive.
The palace sidewalks attracted the couple
The Morris family purchased the mansion a year after Dan Moore sold his company, Moore Freight Service Inc. The company transports packaged and unpackaged flat glass via flatbed trucks to Daseke Inc. The Texas-based flatbed transportation leader, mergr.com reported at the time.
The mansion’s two sidewalks were among the features that first attracted the couple to the home, as were the outdoor putting greens, Moore said. He loved to fish on the floating dock, and his grandchildren enjoyed water skiing there.
Built in 2002, the home is located on 1.3 acres in a private gated community and enjoys sunrise and sunset views.
The home’s living room features a Bokra chandelier made in only two places in the world, according to the listing. An 8-foot gold medallion surrounds the chandelier to match the front door.
The gourmet kitchen includes a Wolf stove, double ovens, two dishwashers, and charging stations built into the island.
There is a full bar, projection screen and dart board in the entertainment room, while wine is stored under the main staircase, according to the listing.
Moore said he built a third-floor chapel in a former attic space and outdoor French courtyard constructed to replace the basketball court.
The home’s panic room has six-inch steel doors, its own heating and air conditioning units, and a phone line. He said he stores his collection of 30 weapons in the room.
Neighbors “NASCAR ROW”.
The Morrises decided to keep Ricky Bobby’s fireplace when they renovated the mansion.
Dan Moore said they live on “NASCAR Row” for example.
Great ex open wheel drive Billy Boat Moore said he lives across from him. Neighbors down the street include NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Joe Gibbs and NASCAR engine builder Doug Yates, president and CEO of RoushYates Manufacturing Solutions.
The Hollywood dinner scene in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is for two, Moore said.
“How many times,” he said when asked if he had seen the film, meaning he had seen it so many times that he couldn’t count the number.
The famous scene
In one memorable scene filmed at home, Ricky says a blessing before everyone dives into a home-cooked fast food dinner.
Ricky begins the prayer with “Dear Lord baby Jesus” and then “Dear little Jesus, in your golden woolen diapers, with your fat, balled little fists…” before being interrupted by the character Chip. Played by Ted Manson.
“It was a man! He had a beard!” says Chip.
“Look, I like the kids version better, you hear me? I win races and I get money.”
“Ricky, end this damned blessing,” says his wife Carly Bobby, played by Leslie Bibb.
Moore repeated a different Ricky Bobby catchphrase from the movie.
“If you’re not first, you’re last,” he said.
This story was originally published November 14, 2023 at 11:56 am.
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