We love to read stories of old race cars that have been lovingly restored to their original condition, particularly old NASCAR stock cars.
As we were roaming around the Internet, we came across a great story by John Ash, of Elysburg, Pennsylvania, who has restored to race-ready condition – and he’s also back competing with it in vintage races – a 1993 Cale Yarborough Racing Ford Thunderbird.
John wrote to the publisher of his local newspaper, the News Item in nearby Shamokin, Pa., who printed both John’s story/letter, as well as two photographs of the car, including a shifter plate that Yarborough autographed for Ash, essentially guaranteeing its authenticity and origin.
The car, which carried the No. 98 and was sponsored by Bojangles Restaurants in 1993, was originally driven by former Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope. In his note, Ash says 90 percent of the car is in its original condition.
It’s already competed in several Sports Car Vintage Racing Association events, with plans of several more races in 2015.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.