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History Largest Crash in NASCAR History

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Old61, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. camargma
    Joined: Feb 6, 2008
    Posts: 110


    im not one for nascaaarr, actually i dont like it, but holy crap that was the best nascar related video ever!!!! made my morning!
  2. Chaz
    Joined: Feb 24, 2004
    Posts: 5,016

    Member Emeritus

    I love old racing footage. Thanks!
  3. 34toddster
    Joined: Mar 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,482

    from Missouri

    It really made me sick to see that 57 Chevy hit hard front and rear, RIP. I think that was more cars scrapped in a day then the cash for clunkers thing.
  4. That was the sportsman race that was held the first time at Daytona. The field was filled in with modifieds, which had never been run at those speeds before.

    It took a lap or so to get up to speed and the open front ends of the coupes caught the air and triggered the crash.

  5. str8axle55
    Joined: Dec 19, 2006
    Posts: 355

    from MA

    Looked like a cool race, those cars definately shouldn`t have been going that fast. Drums and bias ply`s, 6-8 in of ground clearance. It took lots of balls to race those cars back then.
  6. That wreck makes "the big one" they have these days at Daytona and Talledega look like childs play.

    What a waste of machinery.
  7. MedicCustoms
    Joined: Nov 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,094


    This is cool thanks for posting it...
  8. gotra66
    Joined: Apr 24, 2009
    Posts: 181


    That was cool. Also, they cars still had some of the stainless trim. That is very dangerous. Surprised more weren't hurt or killed.
  9. PackardV8
    Joined: Jun 7, 2007
    Posts: 891


    Minor point for the sake of accuracy.
    FWIW, Daytona is 2-1/2 miles around and a '55 Chev with a scattered engine coasts to a stop before the next turn-BTST. The only way he ran over his own crankshaft was with the rear wheels a fraction of a second after it blew.

    thnx, jack vines
  10. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,501

    Little Wing
    from Northeast



    :confused: was crash someone could a got killed
  11. Fraz
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,818

    from Dixon, MO

    I want the pacecar. 60 Buick vert...yes please!!
  12. BlackMagicKustoms
    Joined: Jul 5, 2006
    Posts: 322

    from Denton,TX

  13. Holy shit that was coool!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,661

    Larry T

    Kinda weird watching 30's cars and "late models" running together.
  15. X426X
    Joined: Jul 22, 2009
    Posts: 174

    from OhiO

    Thanks for the clarification. Maybe I shoulda' written "on the next lap, the engine scattered and he ran over his own crankshaft"...
  16. What a great video! Now that's real NASCAR there!
  17. lowrodderDon
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 257


    Those guys were drivers, these guys today wouldn't know how to drive a real car. Only eight people hurt at 150+ mph. Why don't they do it like that anymore?
  18. 2manyprojects
    Joined: Jun 5, 2008
    Posts: 201


    Neat to see all the tri 5 going at it. Almost makes you want to stop polishing your own and get it out on the track. Thanks for Video
  19. I thought the same thing!

    That poor 58 chevy in the end made me sad.
  20. Smokin Joe
    Joined: Mar 19, 2002
    Posts: 3,770

    Smokin Joe

    Glenn "Fireball" didn't use a "Fire Suit" because he was alergic to that stuff they used to smear on under it. They had the option and he did without. Safety tech has come a LOOONG ways since the early days. Most of it driven by what happened to guys that gave it all for the sports they loved. The legacy of guys like Roberts, Pete Robinson, Sorokin, and many others who have trees in "The Grove" at Bakersfield is that today's cars and tracks are much safer than they were in the 50's and 60's in Nascar and Drag racing. Nowadays everyone is shocked if a driver gets hurt or dies, or if a fan gets nailed by flying debris. We used to laugh when a clutch explosion tore somebody's car to pieces as long as it didn't take your leg off. Or if a blower belt broke and the blower grenaded. That was an accepted risk. We think of the early guys as barnstorming death defying heroes but remember when Garlits and his crew figured out how to make a rear engine work in 72/73 it took about 1/2 a season for almost everyone to make the switch. Safety has come a long way and I think that's a good thing. Having said that, I still miss sitting on the hood of the car next to the track watching exploding fuelers go by right in front of you with only a downed telephone pole as a track wall or running your street car with the stock aluminum bellhousing and none of that damned heavy roll bar crap taking up money and time out of your "engine" budget!
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2009
  21. wkends
    Joined: Jul 26, 2005
    Posts: 570

    from Kentucky

    Now that was the BIG ONE..........
  22. Back when racin' WAS racin'!!!

    And not one of these guys had to utter a sentence that mentioned a sponsor to the press, either!
  23. tunes
    Joined: Oct 10, 2008
    Posts: 100


    Cool video with all the vintage cars. That was a real stock car race.
  24. Sphynx
    Joined: Jan 31, 2009
    Posts: 1,142

    from Central Fl

    Yea if they get half to go clockwise and the other half to go counter clockwise!:D
  25. 31ACoupe
    Joined: Nov 14, 2005
    Posts: 1,416


    Looks like the LA freeway.
  26. Wow, too cool. Thanks for posting!
  27. Mark H
    Joined: May 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,461

    Mark H
    from Scotland

  28. PeteFromTexas
    Joined: Apr 4, 2007
    Posts: 3,837


    That was really cool. Back when racing was racing!
  29. Oh yeah, that's NASCAR without the diapers. Good for all the safety features they have now but I sure do miss the REAL reality that NASCAR had back in the old days! I still watch it today but the drivers today don't hold a candle to the likes of Turner, Yarborough, Lee and Richard Petty and many of the other pioneers of the sport.
  30. T.W.Dustin
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 883


    That was the big thing I picked up from this - way cool seeing those late 30's coupes

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