Winged Warriors/National B-Body Owners Association
Ray Williams Photos

Racing Photo Text by Ray Williams
Other Text by Sue George

WW/NBOA club member Ray Williams submitted several unusual stock car racing photos and they are presented here. Also included are two photos of Ray's own stock cars.

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July 4, 1964, at the Firecracker 400: Bobby Isaac in the #26 1964 Dodge in the garage area at Daytona. Bobby's Dodge was prepared by Ray Nichels and finished 2nd to Nichels' team car, also a Dodge, driven by AJ Foyt. Foyt's car was identical except it was #47. These cars were red with gold numbers.
July 4, 1964, at the Firecracker 400: David Pearson in his #6 1964 Dodge. The large truck, visible on the right with "Plymouth" written on it, is the Petty van.
August 10, 1964: Jim Paschal's #41 1964 Plymouth won the World 600. Jim was Richard Petty's team mate. This photo was taken at the now defunct Asheville-Weaverville Speedway near Ashville, NC. Note the lack of advertising and decals on the car. The driver's uniforms were nearly as plain.
1965 WNC 500: Richard Petty won the race in this 1965 Plymouth. This photo was taken at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway. Again, note the lack of advertising and decals. In the lower left corner you can see the nose of David Pearson's 1965 Coronet. The hood said "Hemi Powered".
Sam McQuagg, Rookie of the Year in 1965, is shown here with his 1966 Charger built by Ray Nichels. Sam won the 1966 Firecracker 400. He was involved in a spectacular crash in the 1967 Southern 500 and only drove occasionally after that.
Paul Goldsmith in his #99 1968 Road Runner (probably built by Ray Nichels). This was a promotional photo you got when you purchased Valleydale Bologna. Paul and Ray's father were in the US Merchant Marines in WWII together and knew each other at Sheepshead Bay, NY boot camp.
This is Ray's 1970 GTX. It replaced the 1969 Road Runner that he bought new and drove less than 1,000 miles before it suffered a Mopar wiring malady and burned up. This photo was taken somewhere in western Nebraska. The GTX was a 440 automatic, with buckets and console. Ray bought this car before purchasing an orange SuperBird. The GTX was purchased new in July, 1970 with a $3,050 voucher from the burned-up Road Runner plus $1,200 additional cash. It was traded off for the SuperBird in December, 1970.
This is Ray's SuperBird (which he owned until 1974) shown sitting in the snow at Kincheloe AFB in the upper peninsula of Michigan in the winter of 1972-73. Look closely at that rear tire and you'll see the tire chain! The Bird was Ray's only car, so he had to get around with it however he could. Where is this SuperBird now? It's owned by WW/NBOA President Sue George!

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