NASCAR got its start on the backroads of the Carolinas and Georgia. Many of the early drivers were running moonshine on Friday and Saturday nights... and then racing the same cars on Sunday afternoon. The first "stock cars" were certainly not "stock"... but they were a far cry from the tube-framed, dedicated racing machines of today.
A common ride at that time would have been a 1940 Ford Coupe. Power would have come from a beefed up Flathead V-8, while the suspension would have been mostly stock up front. In the back, it would have sported stiffer springs to deal with a few hundred pounds of moonshine... When the car was full, the driver wanted it to sit level.
My concept for this week would be a modern derivative of an early stock car...
- Full tube frame, like a modern Sprint Cup racer.
- Similar trailing arm suspension.
- Skinned with a 1940 Ford Coupe.
- Modern Sprint Cup engine and transmission.
That would be a pretty cool ride...
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