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Daytona Permatex 250 1961

 
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hawk22



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Location: Alexandria, Va. (across the Potomac from Washington D.C.)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:38 pm    Post subject: Daytona Permatex 250 1961 Reply with quote

Local star LeeRoy Yarbrough hot lapped this full bodied
1940 Ford at the Jacksonville speedway in the weeks leading up to
the 1961 Permatex 250 in Daytona Beach. Rather young
at the time but I was at the track that night and got a close
up look at this car. I was not to impressed. Was painted all
black with no numbers or lettering.
At Daytona LeeRoy started near last in the field (around 60 started the race),
but managed a 15th place finish 11 laps behind the winner. Was the
last race that allowed pre WWII car bodies to run. Even back in 1961
these modified stock cars were lapping the track at 150mph plus!!!!

All I know about the car is it was painted black and used the number 6.
Expect the car was owned by the Jax speedway track owner who most times ran
a black modified usually numberd 6 or 16, which LeeRoy drove on and off.

So I took lots of liberties with this one. 1957 Chevy frame, Chrysler suspension,
Chevy 409 engine. Expect the car actually used a Pontiac engine but will never
really know. Also used a lot of leftover decals of local sponsors at the Jax track. Another junk box build...
Nothing on this model that wouldn't be available back in 1961, down to the skinny
tires those cars used...









A side note LeeRoy won this race in 1962 driving a modified 56 Ford, and again
in 1963 in a modified 53 Studebaker. LeeRoy was lucky to survive a terrible wreck
driving the same Studebaker in 1964.
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Dennis O
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very cool model. A very storied member of this forum who passed years ago said "I don't build models, I build memories". You built a memory. Well done and nice work.
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sentsat71



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very COOL build!!

Neat background story as well!
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halfbreed999



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Location: Just outside Chicago limits Il.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice build and story. I like when the builds have a story with them either true or some made up for scratch built ones.
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hawk22



Joined: 28 Jan 2018
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Location: Alexandria, Va. (across the Potomac from Washington D.C.)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:05 am    Post subject: thanks for all the comments Reply with quote

always fun to built something you actually saw. Even if the build has
to use a lot of fading memory!!!

By todays standards, or even 30 year old
standards, interiors were rather sparse!!!
Safety was hardly a consideration back in the early 60's...


A true modified. 1940 Ford on the outside,
hiding alot of Chevy and Chrysler underneath.
Still need to add shocks, but there such a pain!!!
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Jim N



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work! I really enjoyed the story behind the build.
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Henryjint



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool build!!!
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