"Texas Pete," Joe Nemechek's '92 Busch Cup winning car. Bought from Gene Felton Restorations. Here's what it looked like before we messed with it:
Here's what it looked like during a tough season vintage-racing with HSR. We had to repair earlier damage the night before we left for Daytona, and load it on the trailer before the paint cured. BUT, we made it to Daytona.
We ran into motor problems at Sebring in 2001, and started off pulling the motor to have it rebuilt. One pot of coffee later, and the entire car was stripped.
It took a while (and the sale of a house) but we did a full restoration in 2002, including a cambered rear axle and a Ronnie Hopkins current-generation road-race front end.
Then, we installed a T&L 18-degree Chevy (this was where the house-sale money went - but a house won't make 700 hp.) After that, it was time to take 'er around the block.
It held together, and after four years we returned to the track at the 2005 Walter Mitty. We had some minor teething problems and only ran a few sessions, but Jim was beating his previous best at Road Atlanta (1:39) by his first lap at speed, eventually getting into the 1:37's on the same tires we'd had since 2001. With fresher tires, Jim eventually got the car down to 1:34's despite a significant push. (For reference, retired professional roadracers do 1:29's-1:30's in these cars.)
Jim reports that it's got plenty of power and that he can brake deeper than most of the cars he runs with. We've changed out the 900 lb front springs for a pair of 750's, so we anticipate even better times once we get to run it more than three sessions.