Hooniverse Weekend Edition: When NASCAR was Cool; The Historic Grand National Stock Car Association

While I was over at Brian Lohnes blog BangShift, I discovered an earlier posting he did about the Historic Grand National Stock Car Association. Read more about the association after the break.

The website has a lot of information, but the pages I get excited about were the Event Photos section. Here they show these cars in racing action, not necessarily the fender rubbing type of racing, but flogging the cars none-the-less. It sure makes the Jelly Beans they call “NASCAR Stock Cars” look inadequate, with stickers used to tell the models apart from each other. NASCAR Back Then: Yea! NASCAR Today: Meh!

Images courtesy of the Historic Grand National Stock Cars Website.

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  1. Joe Dunlap Avatar
    Joe Dunlap

    Never been a huge NASCAR fan, but I like the idea of large domestic sedans turning both left and RIGHT. So the only time Ive ever watched them with any interest is on road courses. Got to see the P/D Matador tearing it up around Riverside in 73 and was facinated watching it and the rest of the field being tossed (heaved?) through the esses there. As much fun as that was, Id LOVE to see that Plymouth and Caddy in action! Hooning at its BEST! Hellya!

  2. Mad_Hungarian Avatar

    That Caddy is beautiful. Jeez, does it even have a roll cage? Looks like you could rip off the decals, put the wheel covers back on and motor off to the country club after the race is over.

  3. dmilligan Avatar

    I like the old NASCAR too, pre-restrictor plate and with a wide variety of body styles. It was fun and dangerous as hell. The NASCAR of today is much safer, which is great, but the cars and racing is as exciting as watching paint orange peel. I gave up on the left-turners driving identical cars years ago.

  4. Mike_the_Dog Avatar

    I would have liked to see this car there, turning a wheel in anger, just like it did back in the day with Herb Thomas behind the wheel. At least there was at least one other Hornet there. (for anybody unaware of it, the Hudson Hornets pwned NASCAR for much of the fifties)
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2279/2220301167_5b0c33b8b2.jpg&quot; width="500" height="375" alt="Hudson Hornet NASCAR Race Car" />

  5. CptSevere Avatar

    That Caddy looks like it gets raced in the Carrera Panamericana, that's what it says on the roof. This is way cool, I'd love to see an event like this. I can just imagine the sounds.

  6. muthalovin Avatar

    Oh, how far NASCAR has come. These events are really awesome; I am very impressed that owners/drivers would take their classics to the track.

  7. Froggmann_ Avatar

    Ahh.. when Stock Car racing was Stock Car racing.