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Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Look Back

It has been awhile. Time for another look at real race cars and drivers. Here is Cale Yarborough and Buddy Baker at Dover Downs in 1977. A 500 mile event that seperated the men from the boys.

Cale and Buddy

Just can not get enough of the factory sheetmetal. Here is Richard Petty in one of his early runs in a Chevrolet at Darlington for the 1978 Southern 500. That is Sterling Marlin's Father, Coo Coo in the 14 car.

1978 PETTY

Dale Earnhardt in 1984


These winged creations were the ultimate of excess. Bill France had seen enough of it after two years and brought things back in line. The 1970 Daytona 500.

Daytona, 1970

This is Neil Bonnett after taking the checkered flag at Ontario Califonia in 1977. If anyone wonders where the Rick Hendrick Powerhouse came from it started here. Harry Hyde was the crew chief and a very young Randy Dorton built the engines for Jim Stacy's Dodge. It was Hyde and Dorton that Hendrick tabbed to start his race team in 1984. Bonnett was no slouch and knocking off Richard Petty for the first two wins of his career was a pretty good way to start.

Neil Bonnett, 1977


  1. Great pics and memories, RL.

    Amazing how much the sheetmetal work changed from 1977 to 1984.
    I had forgot about the split back window in the Monte Carlo until I saw your pic of Cale's #11.

  2. Is there something in the atmosphere? I've been glued to Myspace videos of Dale Sr. tributes for a couple of hours now. Thanks for taking us back in time again.

  3. RL, glad to see that you're back. I really enjoy your insight on the old school drivers and races.

  4. sorry if I offend anyone....but that paint scheme of Dale's looks dismal.

  5. Thanks guys.

    No offence taken Tez. I put that car up because I found it in a large format and it is Dale Earnhardt. This was before he became the Bad Boy of racing.

  6. ahh ok, I thought he was always that, lol

    his black car just looks far more imposing I reckon.

  7. RL! Happy New Year!

    You always have the best old pics...hope to see more of you around this year!

  8. Happy New year to you also Kristen, Good to hear from you.

    I look foward to posting more pics here.


  9. Enjoyed the photos. Although they are from before I became a fan, they are a great reminder of when it was man and machine. Now it's man, machine, computer, engineer and NASCAR inspector.


  10. A week after Neil got his first Cup win at Ontario in the final race of the 77 season, he and the JD Stacy team went to Phoenix for a Winston West race. Oddly, he had as a teammate the newly crowned Winston Cup champ, Cale Yarborough. Yep, Cale wasn't in a Junior Johnson Chevy. Instead, he raced a JD Stacy-owned, Harry Hyde-prepared #6 Dodge. Cale won the race, and Neil finished 2nd.


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