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Modified Street Legal 1936 Coupe Dirt Track Race Car

Vintage dirt track race car 36 coupeGrowing up I lived for the summer Wednesday night stock car races at the Mahaska County Fair Grounds in Oskaloosa, Iowa. I still do. I have been trying to find a good dirt track with that kind of racing for years. I don’t know that I ever will. The 50s and 60s in the mid-west was an entirely different place from today. Not just the place or the time; it was the people and the way we entertained ourselves.

The racers on the track were local heros to those of us who went to the races. Then once a year the Big Boys came to town. Some of them even went on to race in NASCAR but most of them stayed in USAC.

What does all the nostalgic talk have to do with cars? I have always dreamed of having a dirt track race car to drive on the street. Not a daily driver, just something to raise hell in. Most of all I just want to go out in the garage, climb into it and imagine I am Ernie Derr, or Ramo Stott, or even Dick Hutcherson tearing up the Southern Iowa Fair Grounds during the County Fair. Man that would be heaven.

I found someone who did my dream one better. Lance Smith built a vintage dirt track car, vintage races it and has it set up to drive on the street. He said he would sell me the car but I am over commited in cars now. Someone buy one of my toys and I will buy his. Who dreams of being David Pearson or Richard Petty driving a 1969 Ford Talladega at Daytona? I got the car just call.



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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. 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 especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine 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. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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  1. I always loved those old stock cars. I used to watch them race super modified back in the 60’s @ 70’s. They were more fun than today’s. What make is this 36 stock car? Send me an email on that. I think its fantastic.

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