We have done a couple of posts on Wendell Scott in the past. Click Here for the First and Here for the Second. Wendell Scott was born on August 29th, 1921 in Danville, Virginia. Scott knew early on that he wanted to be his own boss and grew up learning auto and engine repair from his father.
After serving in the segregated Army in Europe during WWII, Scott came back to Danville and ran an auto-repair shop. As a sideline, he took up the dangerous and illegal pursuit of running moonshine whiskey. On weekends, Wendell would go watch the stock car races in Danville. He knew in his heart that he could drive a racecar as good as anyone out there. Scott got his chance when the Danville track ran an unprecedented promotion gimmick of recruiting a African American driver to compete against the “good ol’ boys.” They asked the Danville police who was the best African American driver in the area was and the police recommended Wendell Scott, knowing he was a moonshine runner. The date was May 23, 1952. Wendell’s car broke down and he didn’t finish the race, but Scott knew this is what he wanted to do. As expected, discrimination would plague his career.
Scott won dozens of the local races and became known as one of the best and most popular drivers in the Danville, Virginia area. Many drivers and fans came to respect Scott…appreciating his skills as a mechanic and driver and liking his quiet, uncomplaining manner.
In 1963, Scott won the one-mile dirt track at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida…the first Grand National event won by an African-American.
You can now pre-order your own Wendell Scott 1/24th Scale Diecast for delivery expected in September or October of 2013. These are sold out.