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Most beautiful Stock car, 1973

 
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AdamtheWayne



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:52 pm    Post subject: Most beautiful Stock car, 1973 Reply with quote

Let's try this as maybe a fun diversion. I'm starting with 1973 because I'm about to post a photo of my all time fave. BUT... the idea here is, choose the Stock car you liked best from 1973. Post a beauty shot or two of that car and tell us why you like it. I'll give it a few weeks to get some contenders. The three most popular cars will be voted on for most beautiful stock car, 1973. If it goes well maybe we'll do it again with a different year?

SO, not only my favorite for that year but my all time (Probably because it was Richard's as well) The 1973 STP Petty Charger.




For me it's all here. A fan of Chargers and blue the rocket red halo'd over the roof is just striking to me. The car had an undeniable pedigree and MOPAR was a force at the time. Something that would quickly change over the next couple years. The last blue beast to run a HEMI always has a place deep in my heart.
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let the good times roll
Let them knock you around

Benny Parsons was ahead of his time in terms of that piece of musical philosophy.

He won the '73 title over Petty's Sexy Beast with a disemboweled Chevy at Rockingham that - what seems like now - half the NASCAR garage pitched in to help get him rolling. Great story of the classic little guy's triumph.

It's not like Parson's started the day in an absolute mutt of a car. But, a few laps can be a long time in racing... .




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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice idea for a topic!

For me it has to be the Pearson No 21. Not really 73 specific, but I like that red/white with the gold for some reason, still looks good on todays car when they run it. Wink



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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't have any pics of it, but mine would be the #71 K&K Insurance car of Bobby Isaac, or was it Buddy Backer by this time(?)
Though i would have to throw in the #71 K&K Ins. Chargers from 1968 - 1974 and especially the Daytona....
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely this car, because Wendell Scott is my peronal hero and i love these Mercurys:



We all know the sad story behind this pic:


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an FYI -

The Petty 'red' was actually fluorescent orange looking in person.
They have poster boards that color today!

Hard to capture that color on old film.
Now, the large STP sticker on the 1/4 panel is red!!
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

odcics2 wrote:
Just an FYI -

The Petty 'red' was actually fluorescent orange looking in person.
They have poster boards that color today!

Hard to capture that color on old film.
Now, the large STP sticker on the 1/4 panel is red!!
Actually it's a flourescent red, known as Vermillion.
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll concur with odcics2's description.



Fluorescent red has a harsh, almost pinkish tone in sunlight. The color on the Petty cars is for all practical purposes the same pigment Krylon sells as Red-Orange. Back in the day most people called it fluorescent orange, just like the K&K cars were considered orange and not red.
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember watching the 43 circle MIS back in the day.
I attended every race from 1970 to 1978.

You could see that car ANYWHERE on the track, in sunny or cloudy days.
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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



I fell in love with the '73 Grand Am when it first came out. I still admire the styling of the GM cars of the '70s.
The Herb Adams Grand Am ran at Riverside (started and finished 15th) with Jerry Thompson driving, and did not qualify at Daytona, and that was it for Adams' NASCAR effort.
The car was built close to stock, with few fabbed suspension parts. Disc brakes all around were GM parts, from the Corvette.
This is a pre-competition shot, which explains the lack of a chin spoiler.
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember when Joe Frasson beat up his Pontiac Grand Am ??
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom -

Post that pic of the Petty Magnum I sent you, showing the color.
I think it's about the best representation I have seen captured by camera of the side/stripe color.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a lot to like in that Pontiac, Bill. Not the most successful car, but truly one of the most stylish.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rear trunk, 1/4 panels killed any downforce.
The front could plant.
Rear, not so much.

It's all about the balance.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

odcics2 wrote:
Tom -

Post that pic of the Petty Magnum I sent you, showing the color.
I think it's about the best representation I have seen captured by camera of the side/stripe color.
This thread isn't here to argue colors. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AdamtheWayne wrote:
odcics2 wrote:
Tom -

Post that pic of the Petty Magnum I sent you, showing the color.
I think it's about the best representation I have seen captured by camera of the side/stripe color.
This thread isn't here to argue colors. Thanks.


Of course not. It's about accuracy of details for modelers....
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

odcics2 wrote:
AdamtheWayne wrote:
odcics2 wrote:
Tom -

Post that pic of the Petty Magnum I sent you, showing the color.
I think it's about the best representation I have seen captured by camera of the side/stripe color.
This thread isn't here to argue colors. Thanks.


Of course not. It's about accuracy of details for modelers....
Not about that either. This is just for fun about which car looked best. Nothing more.
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess you are right!!

It's all fun and games until you discover you painted your car the wrong color! Laughing Laughing Laughing

Sorry, couldn't resist. ..steamroller
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