Wendell Scott story continued:
The information for this part of the Wendell Scott story is provided by one of our readers. You are going to like what this high school class is doing!
This is a previous project of this Salem, VA High School class!
In the first part of the story about Wendell Scott we showed you some of his old Barn Find Race cars and a couple of videos about his career. Now it is time to see how this man is still making history today long after his death. Chris Overfield is a High School Motorsports instructor in Salem, VA. Which is close to Danville where Wendell Scott lived. Wendell’s wife, Mary, and his youngest daughter, Sybill, know that Overfield’s class is starting on the recreation of one of Wendell’s cars and are supportive of their efforts. It is a tribute car that will be the red/orange Torino that he had during the 69-70 season before he crashed it in NJ.
This a picture of Wendell Scott and his Torino from back in the day. This is the motivation behind the tribute car.
The wrecked race car is the same chassis that became Barry Miller’s Benny Parsons race car. If you look closely at the photos on the link to the Parsons car you can see it in the Wendell Scott colors! The class is working with Barry Miller to obtain photos and measurements to get their tribute car as close as they can to the original without spending a ton of greenbacks. The build is being financed by a friend of instructor Overfield.
To date this high school class has the front clip under the car and some of the roll cage done. Overfield says he has spoken to a lot of people and they are all happy the class is doing this tribute car. They are currently working from the back of the car to the front as they have found out the back is the cheapest part of the construction.
If you’ve got projects, you must have a hauler and this High School class has some good supporters!
Here are a couple of updated photos on some of Wendell’s hardware. These are on display at:
The Winston Cup Museum OFFICE 336.724.4557 FAX 336.724.4558 1355 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Winston-Salem, NC 27101 www.winstoncupmuseum.com
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