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NASCAR Grand National Series, the Good Old Days; Part 1

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 14, 1947: A series of three meetings convened at the Streamline Hotel to establish criteria for professional stock car racing, leading to the formation of NASCAR. In this group: Front row, kneeling (L-R) - Chick DiNatale, Jimmy Quisenberry, Ed Bruce, Jack Peters, Alvin Hawkins. Back row, standing (L-R) - Freddie Horton, Sam Packard, Ed Samples (hidden), Joe Ross, Marshall Teague, Bill Tuthill, Joe Littlejohn, Bob Osiecki, Buddy Shuman,, Lucky Sauer (hidden), Tom Galan, Eddie Bland, Bill France Sr., Bob Richards, Harvey Tattersall Jr., Fred Dagavar, Bill Streeter, Jimmy Cox. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – DECEMBER 14, 1947: A series of three meetings convened at the Streamline Hotel to establish criteria for professional stock car racing, leading to the formation of NASCAR. In this group: Front row, kneeling (L-R) – Chick DiNatale, Jimmy Quisenberry, Ed Bruce, Jack Peters, Alvin Hawkins. Back row, standing (L-R) – Freddie Horton, Sam Packard, Ed Samples (hidden), Joe Ross, Marshall Teague, Bill Tuthill, Joe Littlejohn, Bob Osiecki, Buddy Shuman,, Lucky Sauer (hidden), Tom Galan, Eddie Bland, Bill France Sr., Bob Richards, Harvey Tattersall Jr., Fred Dagavar, Bill Streeter, Jimmy Cox. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)

Nascar is arguably America’s Sport of the masses. However, it is slipping in popularity every day. My wife and I used to have season tickets to several tracks and attended 6 too 7 Cup races a year. Now we don’t even watch the races live! We have a collection of street versions of the 1969/70 Aero Cars and still have a love of racing but why have we changed what and where we watch racing? What has happened to Nascar?

I don’t pretend to know all the answers but I have a pretty good idea where things went wrong. It has been said that if you want to know where you are going you better know where you have been. As race fans, if we want to know why fans no longer crowd into the stands at Nascar races any more maybe we should take a look back and see why the sport grew in the first place.

Today’s stock cars have only a very small resemblance to the cars we buy from the dealership; race teams are now multi-car, multi-million dollar businesses; rules and regulations have made the sport almost a spec racer series and all the small vendors at the races have disappeared along with the team souvenir trucks. The sport is so “slicked” up it has lost its personality.

Brian France may not like the old school of Nascar and its fans but his father and grand father knew how to build an empire. King Brian may be making more money but he is killing the proverbial “Golden Goose”.

Today we are starting a three part series “American Stock: The Golden Era of Nascar”. These are long videos but believe me once you start watching you will not stop. There is a lot of really good history of racing in these. I hope you enjoy them and learn from them.

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Richard

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 www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com 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 http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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