1987 Ford Thunderbird Stock Car, Raced by Bill Elliott

Date:
1987
Creator:
Ford Motor Company

In May 1987 at Talladega, Alabama, Bill Elliott drove this car to the fastest official lap ever run by a stock car when he qualified for the Winston 500 at 212.809 mph. In July Elliott car returned to Talladega and won the Talladega 500 in the same car. The term "stock car" originally meant a car from a dealer's stock, one that was unmodified. For many years racing stock cars were indeed based on real production automobiles. By 1987, however, racing "stock cars" only looked stock. Read more »

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
88.84.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Melling Tool Company and Melling Racing.

1956 Chrysler 300-B Stock Car

Date:
1956
Creator:
Kiekhaefer, Elmer Carl, (1906-1983)|Chrysler Corporation

This Chrysler was part of one of the most successful teams in the history of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). In 1956 team owner Carl Kiekhaefer's cars won 22 out of 41 races, including 16 in a row. This was one of the cars Buck Baker drove on his way to becoming the NASCAR driving champion in 1956. Unlike modern NASCAR racers this is a real production car, modified for racing. Carl Kiekhaefer brought a new level of professionalism to stock car racing. His cars, drivers, and mechanics all wore matching uniforms. Read more »

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2003.13.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.