DAYS GONE BY

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photo: Dennis Mattish

To continue the thread we ended last week with –– the state of modern circle track racing vs. the pre-corporate culture of racing that seems to have disappeared somewhere in the mid-’80s –– AUTOCULT nomad Don Moats sent in this shot of Ed Evans behind the wheel of the Mustang Special.

There’s just too much epicness going on in this photo to even know where to start: the velocity stacks, the big block Ford, the mustache, the artwork on the cowl, the beer belly, the sideburns…

Ed Evans was a sprint car driver from Reno, NV –– about as far away from the Jerusalem of dirt trackin’ as a driver could get –– who epitomized the swagger of racing in the Seventies: bigger is better and don’t forget the mustache. And the icing on the cake? He was sponsored by the infamous Nevada brothel, the Mustang Ranch. When we’re looking for inspiration to get racing in America back on track, it just doesn’t get much better than this.

7 Responses to “DAYS GONE BY”

  1. Roscoe says:

    Real Racers. Real Cars. Real Balls.
    Great shot.
    And I promise you he arrived at the track looking at the race car in his pick-em-up rearview mirror… not in a jet air-o-liner.

  2. hank says:

    Much as it pains me, as a Ford Guy, to say it, I think thats a big block Chevy, not a Ford, based on the position of the stacks and the distributor.

  3. STONER says:

    Shit, you’re exactly right, Hank–that dizzy is in the back. Punched out 396, maybe? 400?

  4. Ant says:

    Just right and yeah thats what you need to get racing back on track in America!

  5. Ron says:

    That engine was an all aluminum 427 Chevy. Also the car was owned by William Adamson. It was not sponsored by the brothel.

  6. Stoner says:

    Ron–if the car wasn’t sponsored by the Mustang Ranch, where did the name and the naked chick come from? Do tell…

  7. Jim says:

    I worked for Ed in the mid 1970′s. Ron is correct, it was an aluminum block Chevy.
    Ed and Bert were amazing people.

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