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Dale Earnhardt's Old Ride?

As a continuation of Kathleen’s Texas Adventures, she came across this Vintage Chevy “Special Deluxe” painted with Stars and Stripes. The owner (Kathy’s Uncle Richard) decorated it for a Parade in downtown Dallas for the Bi-Centennial. He was also cast for the TV show, “Walker, Texas Ranger’ but when he heard that Chuck Norris was going to come in to “clean up” the mob scene he claimed, “I don’t throw a fight for anybody!” Perhaps Chuck would have had a surprise? These type of vehicles were often used in Bootlegging moonshine (not that this one was) but a bit of History!

Stock car racing in the United States has its origins in bootlegging during Prohibition, when drivers ran bootleg whiskey and moonshine made primarily in the Appalachian region of the United States. Bootleggers needed to distribute their illicit products, and they typically used small, fast vehicles to better evade the police. Many of the drivers would modify their cars for speed and handling, as well as increased cargo capacity, and some of them came to love the fast-paced driving down twisty mountain roads.

The repeal of Prohibition in 1933 dried up some of their business, but by then Southerners had developed a taste for moonshine, and a number of the drivers continued “runnin’ shine”, this time evading the “revenuers” who were attempting to tax their operations. The cars continued to improve, and by the late 1940s, races featuring these cars were being run for pride and profit. These races were popular entertainment in the rural Southern United States, where, unsurprisingly, many of today’s NASCAR Legends are from!

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4 responses

  1. That is one terrific picture story and one terrific fender! Great perspective and processing to bring out all that delicious rust and peeling paint!

    July 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm

  2. Jose Vazquez

    Great history! My dad would like this since he’s a big NASCAR fan. This shot is superb! Love all that rust.

    July 8, 2011 at 7:04 am

  3. Lovin’ this shot, Erik, you know it! You’ve really brought a taste of the ol’ boys here for us to enjoy with your NASCAR themed shots. What a great perspective, and the processing is absolutely top notch; you’ve totally brought all the textures out for us!! Great image!

    July 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

  4. That is some sweet rust on that car, great capture and love the words

    July 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm

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