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Hagerty Employee

These two NASCAR aero warriors are built to tame the Bonneville salt

You can expect to see all sorts of strange creations ply the salt at Bonneville Speed Week. Sleek streamliners staged next to '32 Ford roadsters and funky '50s Studebakers are parked alongside Firebirds with homemade air dams. What you don't really expect is a pair of classic NASCAR racers sitting on the salt, as if they'd taken a wrong turn on the way to Talladega.
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RonD
Intermediate Driver

Grew up watching Isaac, great to see the 71 again!
Oldroad1
Instructor

The Dodge would have done better without the wing.
Brandan
Hagerty Employee

Or it might have been a handful to drive. The vertical portions of the wing act like a stabilizer.
Oldroad1
Instructor

The wing was designed for the Daytona and Talladega turns. Buddy Baker stated, "Driving out of the turns he could feel the rear go loose but just as fast the cross wind caught the uprights and knocked the rear end straight coming out of the banks". Great for very high speed turns bad for the stretches. The Talladega Torino rear glass and pillars were far more sweeping than the Dodge and Plymouths which created far less drag but enough deck lid down force with the small spoiler to handle the turns well. They were able to out run the Chryslers on the stretches as a result.
Brandan
Hagerty Employee

Sounds like Baker was a fan of the wings and that they did their job keeping them straight.
vrooomie
Intermediate Driver

In actuality, the wing was designed so that the trunk would open! Quite a few years ago, in some article, the designers fessed up to that.
Oldroad1
Instructor

Yes I've heard that but the engineers of that wing knew exactly what they were after. Do you really think that design was just an oops engineering correction for the deck lid?
Steve-Kanter
New Driver

Brandon-your article about the two NASCAR cars, Aaron Brown, and The Garage Shop, was very well written! I'm friends with those guys, and everyone of them is a very talented craftsman.
The cars up close were spectacular, their attention to detail was incredable. Bobby would be proud.
Brandan
Hagerty Employee

Thanks Steve, it was good to see you out on the salt!
puertorican
Pit Crew

Engine info??
Brandan
Hagerty Employee

They're both high-revving NASCAR V-8s: Roush-Yates FR9 in the Ford, R6P8 for the Dodge.