I Went and SPENT My Fireworks Money on This Ol’ Relic !… by: Billy Biscoe
I Went and SPENT My Fireworks Money on This Ol’ Relic !
For several years I’ve heard about an old race car sitting in the woods next to a pond. I made several attempts to find the proper land owner before I would go looking on private property. A recent phone call from a old racin’ buddy whose brother works as an ambulance driver for a local rescue squad had made a visit to this very property. Lo and behold! I have finally met the true landowner through this untimely event.
I could hardly sleep after the phone conversation late last night about meeting him to get the chance to view this treasured find. .. tossing and turning in my bed, thinking about the best route to take in the morning’s light.
Ta Da ! After a brief handshake and formalities, we went hiking across a plowed field and into the edge of pine trees that have stood guard over this piece of local history. Naturally ol’ Mother Nature has taken her toll, just like on us, but after a few questions about who, when, and where, we finally agreed on a mutual price. The landowner even offered to drag it out into a clearing with his tractor so I could load it up on my rollback for the ride back to my shop.
Attn: Mr. Dennis Andrews, this one raced at your famed Bennett Speedway, and a few more at Biscoe Speedway in nearby Troy, NC. Car was owned by a salesman ( Jesse Owens) for Montgomery Motors right there in Troy. He passed away in 2009 and his widow was the reason for the rescue squad’s visit earlier.
According to a surviving daughter and son-in-law, it was powered with a big block….352? 390? 427? as a powerhouse modified. Family albums have been tossed aside and this “IS” the only remnants of what’s left.
The daughter remembers her dad painting the car with a gallon of house paint and a brush early on a Saturday morning before heading out to the race track where she was stung by a wasp while climbing the wooden bleachers to watch the night’s excitement at Bennett. OUCH! I guess that will be forever imbedded in her mind as a great big pain in the foot!
I’ve got several projects before I can even think about getting started on this one, BUT I’ve managed to rescue it from its nesting spot and those dreaded “CRUSHER JAWS.” Hope everyone enjoys the pics of my 4th of July fireworks.
-Billy Biscoe Arustyracer
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**Editor’s note – Billy Biscoe is a well-known North Carolina auto-restoration expert. Billy was visited at his shop last year by Mike and Frank and all the crew from “American Pickers”, seen Monday nights on The History Channel. I’m sure that with very little prodding, we’ll be able to follow the progress on the restoration of this latest acquisition in his collection of rusty gold.