Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

The Vintage Racing series saw many iconic classic race cars of famous American racing car drivers. This 1971 Mercury Cyclone share ties with Darrel Waltrip during his early days in NASCAR.

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Waltrip paid $12,500 for the car, a spare engine and some spare parts and drove it in 5 cup series events until mid-1973. The car was converted from the Ford Fairlane Andretti drove, to a 1969 Mercury Cyclone as driven by Waltrip, and later converted to a 1971 Mercury Cyclone. The car was sponsored by Terminal Transport of Owensboro, Kentucky, Waltrip's first major sponsor.

After the 1973 season. it was put in storage. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo blew a tree onto the car, causing substantial damage. It was later restored by a group of NASCAR veterans to its original race-ready condition. Waltrip still owns the car today as part of a collection of cars he has raced and is one of his favorites.

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Illustration for article titled Muscle Monday - Darrel Waltrips Mercury Cyclone
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Illustration for article titled Muscle Monday - Darrel Waltrips Mercury Cyclone
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Illustration for article titled Muscle Monday - Darrel Waltrips Mercury Cyclone

The Vintage Racing series isn't a way for collectors to add some cool whips to their fleet but also to have history remembered and passed on future generations. That's cooler than any textbook.

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