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60th Anniversary of NASCAR celebrated at NHRA Museum

What’s new in the SCTA exhibit at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum?

 

A land speed recording-holding NASCAR for one thing. Owned and driven by Russ Wicks, the Autodesk ’06 Dodge Charger was built to NASCAR Super Speedway specification to compete on the Talladega high-speed oval. Dodge Motorsports Engineering collaborated with Wick’s American Challenge team to enhance the speed and stability of the Charger for Bonneville. In 2007, Wick’s set a new World Stock Car Speed Record at Bonneville at 244.964 mph beating the previous record of 216.946 set in 1971.

 

 

The Autodesk Dodge is just one of numerous race cars paying tribute to the 60th Anniversary of NASCAR at the NHRA Museum. They are on display along with photographs, memorabilia, race suits and other NASCAR-related ephemera, in an exhibition that runs through to February 2009.

 

Also new in the SCTA exhibit is Jim Khougaz’ D/Modified Roadster. Restored by Jim Busby Racing for Richard Munz, the 467 Hemi-powered ’27 T ran a best of 212.76 mph. Another Busby restored, Muntz owned car on show is the Ruddy & Weinstein “Porter Yellow” T roadster complete with Hilborn-injected Ardun and Chuck Porter-fabricated front end and belly pan. It ran a best of 211.64 mph.

 

 

Finally, on loan from Toyota Motorsports is the Car & Driver Toyota Prius Greensport that went 130.794 mph in 2004 with Aaron Robinson, Dr. Shigeyuki Hori and Fumiaki Kobayashi doing the driving—but not all at once.

 

Check out these and dozens of other historic race cars at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Pomona, Calif. or, visit the web site a http://museum.nhra.com

 

Story & photos: Tony Thacker

 
 
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