At TDP we don’t pretend to be techno-geeks, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love racecars on a semi-technical level – we are going to share some of our favourites – whether they be fast, quirky or just plane good looking – we will try and share as much of the back story as we can – we would welcome any additional information to round out the car’s story/history.
I think some of the coolest machines in racing history were the rigs that brought the cars to the track. One of my personal favorites was the Ford C-600 cabover ramp trucks. They were used by pretty much every Ford backed NASCAR, Trans Am & Drag Racing team from the mid 60’s to the mid 70’s. I don’t possess a great deal of knowledge about trucks – There are some true C-600 hard core fans that would expose me as a “poser” if I did try to share any “Knowledge”. Oh but damn, I just loved the look of these things! What I did notice through the years is that the C-600’s managed to also work their way down to short track teams as well. Both Maynard Troyer and Dick Trickle’s teams had one of these gems!
As you can see there is no room for a spare car nor anything resembling a driver’s lounge. Basically there was room for the car and whatever spares could be jammed in. I can only imagine how many kids were attracted to our sport by having one of these beauties pass by on the highway.
I know today’s monster rigs are supposed to represent progress. But I do feel the C-600 represents a simpler, more fun era for both the teams and fans.
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