Richard Lee Petty retired from Nascar after the conclusion of the Hooters 500 in 1992, at Atlanta motor speedway. When he stepped out of his Pontiac for the last time, he achieved 200 wins in his career, 7 championships, 1185 starts, 712 top tens, and 123 poles. And when every Nascar fan looks at those stats....well their head explodes. It’s possible for a modern driver to rack up 7 title’s. But it isn’t possible to reach 200 wins in our day and age. And I’m happy with that. They don’t have 60 race season’s anymore, so chasing that Mark is a pipe dream.
I got this die cast and a ton others, off of this guy in Maryland like 6 years ago. His father used to own a collectable shop, until he passed away. So this guys whole basement was full of Nascar and automotive collectables. And periodically going back to that place, I got my hands on quite a few 1/18th scale Nascar American Muscle Ertl castings. Along with alot of other stuff. But this one was one of my favorites, for a ton of reason’s.
Its The Kings 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix! What’s not to love. It was his final horse into battle.
Arguably one of the most recognizable paint livery’s in all of Auto Racing history. There is no mistaking who the car belonged to.
STP’s loyalty still holds strong to the King today. One of the longest sponsor relationships in Auto Racing history.
The rear of the car is so beautiful and simple, I wouldn’t mind being a driver that just got passed, and I’m pretty sure a ton of drivers secretly felt the same way. I mean, almost every driver idolized him.
A little Pontiac by Petty power never hurt. For a early 90s casting... It has some cool detail.
The steering column is Petty blue, along with the whole cage. A little sun on the dashboard gives it that early 90s Nascar look.
I am a very big fan of the Ertl 1/18th Nascar stuff. I have a good bit of the cars, and some of them might make their way on to LALD as future posts. I guess it all depends on the coolness level. But I can’t say that about this casting. Because no matter what. The King will always be cool.
Thank you for the read!