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’80s IMSA racer proves everything looks better with flares

A former NASCAR racer turned IMSA road-racer is up for grabs on Bring a Trailer. Initially bodied as a Pontiac Ventura and driven by Bobby Labonte and Dale Earnhardt Sr., this tube-chassis racer was given Oldsmobile Cutlass bodywork and converted to IMSA specifications by Tex Enterprises in the early ’80s. Sports Illustrated writer Sam Moses purchased the car and campaigned it for several years, putting the experiences behind the wheel into his 1987 book, Fast Guys, Rich Guys, and Idiots: A Racing Odyssey on the Border of Obsession.


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I NEED that!!!!!  Put headlights, tail lights and turn signals on it and go t the Optima Street Car Challenge!  Now that would be fun.  What a track day car.  🙂 🙂 🙂  Ear to ear grin on every shift.  Don't think I'd stop smiling for a week.


If that track isn't Portland International Raceway (PIR), I'll eat my helmet.  Balls out car, tons of fun to sit where the camera is and watch it eat track.  Don't know what they want for it, but it's probably worth it just for - as @Swamibob puts it - the ear to ear grins!