Ah, the legend of NASCAR’s own Smokey Yunick: the patented shop whites, the pipe, the signature hat. You can’t swing a dead cat in the sport without hitting something that Smoke influenced or somehow helped make possible. Styles for miles, friend.
Here’s your chance to own a real piece of legendary Smokey Yunick race history: the ’67 Chevelle race-prep stocker that never saw any action. Since it’s a ‘Smokey’ car, it comes with some lore, of course and it looks like this one is fairly well documented. Here’s a sample from the story:
“After nearing killing himself building the car Smokey showed up at Tech for the ’68 Daytona 500 on the last day. It was required that the car be inspected without any fuel in the tank. After six hours in the tech shed the car passed. The team pushed it over to the gas pumps to fill up and get ready for practice. They were refused fuel and told that they would not get any until the head of tech Joe Gazaway signed off on the car. Joe looked the car over and found ten items that had to be changed. First on the list was Smokey’s custom frame. It had to be a stock “Ford” frame. According to legend, with no fuel in the car and Joe telling a steaming mad Smokey he needed to change ten things on the car to race. Smokey jumped in, fired up the engine and said “make that eleven things” drove the car out of the racetrack onto the street and back to his shop. Smokey says that really isn’t true, he had put some fuel in the tank… but where did he get the fuel?”
Ah-HA! Where did he get the fuel, INDEED?!?!? Well, who cares, really. There’s a little bit of rub there and like Robert Duvall once said, “That’s just rubbin’…and rubbin’ is racin’…”
We’ve always felt this was the car Ricky Bobby’s daddy’s car was inspired by (they got the wheels wrong in the movie, we think, but hey – we’re dorks like that) and this thing would look bitchin’ with a mountain lion riding shotgun…
Take a look (here).