I saw my first green flag 50 years ago this week on Sunday afternoon March 8, 1964, and my first checkered flag on Tuesday night, March 10, 1964.
This post isn't about my first race experience - which was awesome - but, rather about the car models and brands in that race which no longer exist.
Below : The Make (1964 Dodge) , Model (Polara) , Driver (David Pearson) , Car Owner (Cotton Owens) , Car Number (#6) of the winning car at my first race 50 years ago this week.
Below is the final finish order by brand at the 1964 Richmond 250 on the old half-mile dirt layout in Virginia's capital city:
The Ford Galaxie nameplate (9 entries) was last used in 1974.
The Dodge Polara nameplate (4 entries) was last used in 1973.
The Plymouth Belvedere nameplate (2 entries) was last used in 1970.
The Mercury Maruder nameplate (2 entries) was brought back and used until 2004.
The Plymouth Savoy nameplate (4 entries) was last used in 1964.
The Chevrolet Bel Air nameplate (3 entries) was last used in 1975.
The Pontiac Catalina nameplate (2 entries) was last used in 1981.
The Chrysler 300 nameplate (1 entry) was brought back in 2004 and is still in use.
At my first race two brothers named Petty both drove the same make car - Plymouth - but Richard drove a Belvedere and Maurice a Savoy .
The only one of the models above I ever owned was the Chevrolet Bel Air. I had a 1957 and a 1963. Both are now classics that I wish were parked in my garage.
Which of the models above from 50 years ago have you owned?
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updated by @dave-fulton: 12/05/16 04:00:58PM