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Discussion in 'Historical' started by Beentherebefore, Oct 19, 2013.
I loved the winged cars!! Thanks for the memories!!
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.............
That's Gary Peters street car SuperBird.
He parked it in the right place .
So did 50+ other wing cars at that meet!
Link to video comprised almost exclusively of Mopar winged cars. Although not chronologically correct (they show the June Riverside race before the January race), it's about 9 minutes of enjoyment for winged car fans.
What track is this? (1971 Dick Brooks - Rossi Dodge)
Not enough background to tell for sure. Looks like one of the larger speedways - maybe Darlington where he finished 2nd and had the Golden Products sponsorship shown on the car. Brooks ran only 14 races driving for Rossi that year, the last being Michigan in June '71.
Pit road looks pretty new.
This looks to be the 305 Daytona, sans rear plug, wing and nose. Note it still has the "A" moldings.
Could be. He ran both those tracks for Rossi in the early part of the '71 season. He did have Golden Products as a sponsor @ Rockingham but not at Atlanta, according to the stats that I found. Those 45 year old stats are not always 100% complete or accurate, however.
Dick Brooks in victory circle @ Talladega in 1973, his one & only win in the Nascar Cup series.
He won the race in this '72 Plymouth which, although it was numbered 22, was not a Rossi owned car. It belonged to the Crawford brothers, though they might have bought the chassis from Rossi (?).
This win by Brooks was the last win for a Plymouth in the Nascar Cup series.
Birdseye view of Daytona winged car action (shared from Pinterest);
Color shot of the Dick Brooks driven Talladega winning Plymouth shown in post #471 above. I just found this on Twitter - imo, one of the nicest appearing race cars of that era.
Ah, yes..................Freddie Lorenzen, Nascar's "Golden Boy", as he was often referred to then. He was Ford's star driver in the 60's (car #28) and was a constant thorn in the side of Mopar fans. I hated him back then. He got a bad case of ulcers (some claim that it was the pressure from FoMoCo to keep beating the Mopars) and quit driving circa 1967. He came back a few years later and found some opportunities driving Mopars. When he got this seat in the Nichels' #99, he had climbed to the top tier of Mopar drivers. I switched to loving him then .
The 2nd photo may have been shot @ the Old Ontario Motor Speedway. In the 1971 "Miller High Life 500" (the first Nascar race held @ Ontario), Lorenzen led over 40 laps with this car before blowing a tire and ending up against the front stretch wall. Before that, he had the car to beat - the only Mopar that could consistently pull away from AJ Foyt in the Woods Bros Merc. As was discussed in one of these threads a while back, the right side of the #99 car was ripped off when it slid along the wall after blowing the tire. The roll cage was exposed and Nascar found "irregularities" in the roll cage construction. IIRC, Lorenzen ran a few more races for Nichels and then quit again. Some years ago, I saw a post on a fan club website from his daughter saying that he was now suffering from Altzheimers.
Cage was thinner than spec... A lighter cage means a faster car! Less weight up top = better handling.
That may be why he could pull away from the Woods Bros car (), though I have no idea what tricks they were doin'. They still were running their '69 fastback Merc which probably had an aero advantage over the Mopars......and, as always, they had the quickest pitstops. Foyt would come into the pits in 2nd or 3rd place and would exit in 1st. He also had already practiced/raced @ Ontario with his IRL car so he had an advantage there as far as track familiarity.
The #99 had "429" for engine callout on the hood. As we recently discussed on the USAC thread, there was a story (unsubstantiated) that Nichels did that to take a slap @ Chrysler for pulling their support of his operation. "429" was what was painted on all the hoods of Ford products at that time.
Petty's #43 with the "Darlington stripe" in 1964 at Darlington of course.
(photo shared from Pinterest)
Bill Ellis only owned/raced Mopars in 13 races '69 - '70 and then apparently sold this car to (?). This car also finished 3rd in the first Talladega race in 1969 driven by Ramo Stott. That was the race boycotted by most of the regular Nascar drivers. The above photo shows Richard Brickhouse as driver, probably @ Charlotte or Rockingham in 1969. Ellis then switched to a "Brand C" car for 2 races in '71 and then quit Nascar.