Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Glenn Fireball Roberts was said by many drivers of his era, that he was the first super star Nascar had. Fireball had already made a name for himself at tracks all over the country, before Richard Petty even made his first start. He was really picking up momentum in the late 50s early 60's. He was one of the guys you had to beat every week, if you even wanted a chance at victory. But then tragically, Fireball lost his life on May 24th, 1964, During The World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He was 35 years old. Fireball ran 15 Nascar season’s, with 207 starts,and 33 Nascar sanctioned wins. Those are pretty amazing numbers for the time.

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With that all being said, this is my piece of his History. This is a 1/18th scale casting from Ertl’s American Muscle series. It’s his 1957 Chevy Convertible series Bel Air. Now I haven’t been able to find out all to much information about this very car. But back then, things were way more secretive. And it had to be that way. So who really knows how this car really came to be.

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The detail on this car for an Ertl casting is pretty solid. Not the most detailed, but there isn’t many Nascar Convertible series Casting’s really available. So I really can’t complain. The car is still really awesome.

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The convertible series eventually came to and end in the early 60's. And as you can see, they were not very safe. Just a simple roll cage and optional lap belt. So when guys went over the railing at Daytona, they usually made an exit out the side of the race car.

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But looking at this casting, its easy to fall in love with the simplicity. It’s such a beautiful and intimidating car.

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It even has this hood bar to keep the hood closed at high speeds. Really Era correct.

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Not a super detailed engine bay, but this wasn’t the era of flashy. This was the era of winning at all cost.

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Its such an interesting car. He mostly piloted Ford’s in the 50's, so that makes this car even more special. I am going to post a link to a vid of some Convertible Nascar action, if any of you are interested.

So this is my last Nascar post for awhile. I have been flooding this place with Nascar stuff for Daytona Speedweeks. But its has been a blast. I will be writing about K day tomorrow . So wish me some luck.

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Thank you all for your time, and the read!

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