photos courtesy members of Randy Ayers Modeling
We just got news here at HQ that the #777 ’64 Belvedere of Marty Robbins has been found, restored and will be brought back to the circle track in Nashville on June 1st. Holy Shit.
Now, there are three things we love about Marty Robbins:
1. Country Singer
3. Race Car Driver
How could the perfect storm of all that’s great about America converge in one single sack o’ bones? Welp, that’s what makes Marty one of our favorite guys. Now, we could go on and on about the monumental sucking carnage that modern-day Nashville has turned the Country Music industry into and how Marty was one of the last true Country greats, but we like talking about good stuff, so today we’ll stick to Marty Robbins the race car driver and the restoration of his Belvedere.
Marty ran more than a few cars over the course of his life, from dirt tracks to the NASCAR super speedways of the Seventies and early Eighties – one of his early five-window coupes even ending up on the cover of his “Devil Woman” album in the early Sixties. And as his recording career grew, his financial ability to compete in the driver-carries-no-cash era of stock car racing made for some great mash-ups between the two cultural movements that defined the American Experience of the later Twentieth Century.
In ’72, he ran about 15mph faster than his qualifying laps during the Winston 500 at the infamous Talladega Super Speedway in Georgia. After the race, he refused the “Rookie Of The Race” award because he admittedly screwed around with the Charger’s carb, removing the restrictors. His reason? He “just wanted to see what it was like to run up front for once.” We can dig it. Just another example of the kind of guy King Richard Petty described as “…good for racing…he’s just out for fun and he realizes that.”
And now, with the help of Marty’s son Ronny and racing legend Ray Evernham, Marty’s #777 ’64 Belvedere stock car that ran the 1967 season has been resurrected from near-certain doom. The iconic purple and yellow paint that graced just about every Robbins car has been brought back to life and with it, Marty’s good-natured approach to a sport that many take just a little too seriously.
Wanna see the Belvedere at its unveiling? Get to The Stage in Nashville on Friday night, May 31 and take some pictures for us. We’ll be here, listening to both sides of “Devil Woman” and trying to grow a mustache.