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Ol'e Days: Terry Ryan-Top 5-1976 Winston '500'

 
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 5:26 pm    Post subject: Ol'e Days: Terry Ryan-Top 5-1976 Winston '500' Reply with quote

(Not Race Photo-John Betts-1976 MIS)
Iowa's 38 yr-old Terry Ryan's 1st Row start in his first NASCAR race in the 1976 'Daytona 500' has become part of 'Daytona' legend. Forgotten though, is his better finish 3-months later at Talladega and his interesting acquisition of 'Super Tex's' '74 Laguna!
Clinton, Iowa's "Burley" Terry Ryan was a full-time truck driver who got started in local racing a little later than most, in his 30's by the time he joined USAC in 1968. By the early 1970's, Terry was a Top 10 driver.(From 'Aero426') In early 1974, Terry got a call from local restaurant-chain (don't know the name?) owner William (Bill) A. Monaghan, who was looking to get into NASCAR and thought Terry Ryan was the best Iowa driver. But where to get a race car? "go down South and look for a used racecar with a 'For Sale' sign", they thought! They soon came to find out that top flight racecars aren't sold that way but they did happen to bump in to 'Banjo' Mathews, who mentioned that a a '74 Laguna was 'sort of' for sale. The car had been used for A. J.'s 5th place finish at Daytona (never was happy with it though) and was to be used for the later Atlanta race. A. J. did a few practice laps at Atlanta in the #50, wasn't happy and just walked off! Ryan and Bill Monaghan put a call in to "Super Tex" and after a bit, A.J. agreed to sell the #50! A converted horse stable would do as the garage! Not surprisingly, with his 'new' racecar, Terry also joined ARCA , along with his USAC races, winning the '74 USAC 'Achievement' award and in '75, the Pole in the Daytona ARCA race!
After Terry's surprising front row start (due to the [3] disqualifications Terry started alongside fellow Iowan Ramo Stott) in the 1976 Daytona 500' (finishing a very nice 6th)(Brian Norton Coll.)
[/URL] , it was hoped that a sponsor could be found to give Terry a chance in his R.O.T. Y. run. Even after Terry's 2nd start at Talledega, finishing 5th, no sponsor was forthcoming, so it was the WAM Racing Chevrolet that finished up his (5) NASCAR starts at Ontario in '76.
In 1977, Terry Ryan did get some Valvoline sponsor money but in (7) starts, just (1) Top 10, compared to '76's (5) starts-(3) Top 10's. Whatever 'magic' A.J.'s Laguna had provided in '76 had gone and after 1977 Terry would never start another Winston Cup race but he will be remembered as one of Iowa's all-time best.......John (Thanks to 'Aero426' and S.S. for photos and info).


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks like the Bill Monaghan owned car that raced in USAC as #61.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would be a good obscure build
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would be a good obscure build
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if Bill Monagham any relation to the guy who owned Dominos Pizza ??? idunno
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pic of this car on the 70's NASCAR group FB page today. Whats the deal on the shark fin at the back of the roof. In Car Cameras in this this day were still suitcase sized weren't they
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rocketman wrote:
Great pic of this car on the 70's NASCAR group FB page today. Whats the deal on the shark fin at the back of the roof. In Car Cameras in this this day were still suitcase sized weren't they


Radio antenna, I believe.
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Great pic of this car on the 70's NASCAR group FB page today. Whats the deal on the shark fin at the back of the roof. In Car Cameras in this this day were still suitcase sized weren't they


Radio antenna, I believe.

They were testing the design then? I don't recall seeing it on the car when AJ was behind the wheel
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