We sometimes forget about the history and the stories behind the cars we find and collect. One of the things I love most about car collecting are the people and the stories. Most of us get a kick out of Barn Finds and even strolling through junk yards. We enjoy the vintage iron in its “used and abandoned” condition. The next time you see one of these vehicles think of what the history behind it might tell.
I recently received several Barn Find photos of Wendell Scott’s old race cars. Many of you will say so what or ask who is Wendell Scott? Well, Wendell Scott was the first Black race car driver in NASCAR to win a Grand National (today’s CUP series) race! He was also an underfunded independent who loved racing but struggled throughout his life. If you ever saw the Richard Pryor movie Greased Lightening that was the Hollywood version of Wendell’s life.
Here are some Barn Find photos of Wendell Scott’s race cars provided by Bob Duprie.
Want to know a little more about Wendell Scott? We have included a two part video done by Ned Jarrett back in the day that will give you a good start on not only getting to know who Wendell Scott is but what the original NASCAR was really like.
Bob Duprie stated that Wendell’s old race cars were found behind the home of Wendell’s sister a number of years ago. According to Duprie there is a lot of history of NASCAR with these pictures. Look at how many years these cars were sitting in the trees. One fellow bought the original #34 red car and the #34 hauler. The white car which was actually a more significant car in history but sat for several more years. It is believed that this car was once owned and raced for two years by by David Pearson and then was given to Wendell to help him keep racing. Someone purchased this car a little later for a reported $900.00. Anyone know where these cars are today?
Here is the second part of the history of Wendell Scott.
In our next Post we will tell you about another Wendell Scott race car or is it two?
About the Author: I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California. The time there was very rewarding but the urge for a slower pace moved us to Tennessee a few years ago and we love it. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle. As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. When they don't we are usually out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.