Retro – Silodrome https://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Tue, 19 Jun 2018 03:48:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 18077751 The Nexx XG100 Racer Billy B Helmet – With A Carbon Composite Shell https://silodrome.com/nexx-xg100-racer-billy-b-helmet/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:00:19 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78356 The Nexx XG100 Racer Billy B Helmet – With A Carbon Composite Shell

The Nexx XG100 Racer Billy B helmet is one of the most affordable carbon composite motorcycle helmets on the market right now – the shell is made up of aramid fibers, carbon reinforcement, 3D organic fibers, and multiaxial fiberglass. Nexx Helmets have dubbed this shell material X-Matrix technology, and it results in a remarkably strong...

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The Nexx XG100 Racer Billy B Helmet – With A Carbon Composite Shell

The Nexx XG100 Racer Billy B helmet is one of the most affordable carbon composite motorcycle helmets on the market right now – the shell is made up of aramid fibers, carbon reinforcement, 3D organic fibers, and multiaxial fiberglass.

Nexx Helmets have dubbed this shell material X-Matrix technology, and it results in a remarkably strong and very lightweight helmet. The XG100 Racer was designed with a wide view port for better peripheral visibility, with a PC Lexan optical class I anti-scratch flip-up visor.

The interior of the helmet uses X-Mart Dry technology, keeping it both cool and comfortable, with a drying rate twice as fast as normal cotton, and extra insulation for cooler weather. The whole interior can be easily removed and washed – a vital feature on helmets that are worn year-round.

The helmet has a double-d ring closure and it comes in two shell sizes – allowing you to a better fit, particularly if you’re at either the small or large end of the head-size scale.

The Nexx XG100 Racer Billy B helmet complies with the ECE/22-05 (Europe), DOT (USA), and NBR-7471:2001 (Brazil) certification standards, meaning it should be legal in your part of the world too, as many countries accept one or both of the ECE and DOT standards for use on their roads.

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Pillbox Bat Co. – Traditional Ashwood American Baseball Bats https://silodrome.com/pillbox-bat-traditional-baseball-bats/ Fri, 01 Jun 2018 05:00:08 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=77604 Pillbox Bat Co. – Traditional Ashwood American Baseball Bats

The Pillbox Bat Co. was formed by Zak Fellman and Dan Watson, two close friends who grew up playing little league together. Once they hit adulthood they talked about bringing back the classically styled, individually made wooden baseball bats of yesteryear – and set about making it happen. Zak and Dan set up a small...

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Pillbox Bat Co. – Traditional Ashwood American Baseball Bats

The Pillbox Bat Co. was formed by Zak Fellman and Dan Watson, two close friends who grew up playing little league together. Once they hit adulthood they talked about bringing back the classically styled, individually made wooden baseball bats of yesteryear – and set about making it happen.

Zak and Dan set up a small workshop in Winona, Minnesota, and after a little trial and error, and many hours studying vintage bats, they began individually shaping their own classic baseball bats from solid, seasoned American Ashwood.

Each of these bats measures in at 34″ and they’re not just designed for keeping on the wall, they’re designed for neighborhood baseball games with BBQs and cold beer on long summer evenings.

Huckberry currently have a selection of Pillbox Bat Co. bats for sale at $55 off the MSRP, and you can hit the red button below to take a look.

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Biltwell Overland 2.0 Goggles – Retro Goggles With Modern Technology https://silodrome.com/biltwell-overland-2-0-goggles/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:00:42 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=76292 Biltwell Overland 2.0 Goggles – Retro Goggles With Modern Technology

The Biltwell Overland 2.0 Goggles are the new-and-improved version of the much loved first generation Overland goggles. The team at Biltwell have developed an all-new injection-molded polyurethane frame that’s 10% smaller than its predecessor, whilst still using the same wide-periphery, injection molded polycarbonate lens. This allows wearers more room to fit the goggles into the...

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Biltwell Overland 2.0 Goggles – Retro Goggles With Modern Technology

The Biltwell Overland 2.0 Goggles are the new-and-improved version of the much loved first generation Overland goggles.

The team at Biltwell have developed an all-new injection-molded polyurethane frame that’s 10% smaller than its predecessor, whilst still using the same wide-periphery, injection molded polycarbonate lens. This allows wearers more room to fit the goggles into the face port of their favorite helmet, and reduces both weight and bulk.

Biltwell use injection molded polycarbonate lenses as they provide better optics than standard die-cut plastic lenses, with better impact resistance to boot. The lenses also feature anti-fog treatment and European CE-certified UV A/B protection for clearer vision.

The goggles are fastened around your helmet with a woven elastic strap with double D-rings which allows more precise size and tension adjustment. There are almost invisible silicone strips running around the inside of the strap, these are designed to keep it secure on your helmet, and stop it riding up or down.

The foam eye port uses a two-stage, open-cell with a quilted, brushed Lycra surface for moisture wicking and all-day comfort.

Each pair of Biltwell Overland 2.0 Goggles also come with a clear lens, which can be quickly swapped in depending on your preference and current riding conditions.

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The Maria Riding Company Arrow Miccosukee Surfboard https://silodrome.com/maria-riding-company-arrow-miccosukee-surfboard/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 03:00:16 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=75869 The Maria Riding Company Arrow Miccosukee Surfboard

The Maria Riding Company was founded by a group of friends to create custom motorcycles, surfboards, skateboards, motorcycle helmets, and a wide range of other gear – all of which celebrates counter-culture, adventure, and the great outdoors. Based out of Lisbon, Portugal, the team at Maria are avid surfers and motorcyclists, living a west coast...

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The Maria Riding Company Arrow Miccosukee Surfboard

The Maria Riding Company was founded by a group of friends to create custom motorcycles, surfboards, skateboards, motorcycle helmets, and a wide range of other gear – all of which celebrates counter-culture, adventure, and the great outdoors.

Based out of Lisbon, Portugal, the team at Maria are avid surfers and motorcyclists, living a west coast California lifestyle on the west coast of an altogether different continent.

The Arrow Miccosukee Surfboard was shaped by Nick Uricchio to take advantage of the inherent qualities of a traditional fish tail surfboard design. The “Arrowtail” fins are made from a selection of different woods, contributing to the board’s excellent handling, and ability to tackle a wide variety of waves.

The Arrow Miccosukee is 6 feet long, and it uses the tried and true fiberglass over foam construction, with a plywood spine for additional rigidity.

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A French Retro-Futuristic Icon: The Renault Alpine GTA V6 https://silodrome.com/renault-alpine-gta-v6/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:30:43 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=74991 A French Retro-Futuristic Icon: The Renault Alpine GTA V6

The Renault Alpine GTA V6 was the successor to the Alpine A310, both cars share similar retro-futuristic 1980s styling, with lightweight fiberglass bodies mounted on a tubular steel backbone chassis. A Brief History of the Renault Alpine GTA V6 Alpine was established in 1955 by Jean Rédélé who ran a Dieppe garage, and had proven...

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A French Retro-Futuristic Icon: The Renault Alpine GTA V6

The Renault Alpine GTA V6 was the successor to the Alpine A310, both cars share similar retro-futuristic 1980s styling, with lightweight fiberglass bodies mounted on a tubular steel backbone chassis.

A Brief History of the Renault Alpine GTA V6

Alpine was established in 1955 by Jean Rédélé who ran a Dieppe garage, and had proven successful at racing modified French cars in events like the Mille Miglia and the Coupe des Alpes (the Alpine Rally). Alpine was closely associated with Renault from its early days, using many Renault parts in their road and race cars, in 1973 Renault bought Alpine but the company continued to operate with significant autonomy.

The most famous of the original Alpines is almost certainly the Alpine A110 – a stunningly beautiful sports car designed by Giovanni Michelotti that proved exceptionally successful as a rally car. The A110 won a slew of races culminating in the car taking the inaugural World Rally Championship in 1973, it wasn’t until the arrival of the Lancia Stratos in 1974 that the dominance of the car was usurped.

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The Renault Alpine GTA V6 first appeared in late 1984, it shared a clear design link with the outgoing A310, but there were no body panels in common between the two cars, and the construction methods were notably different.

Unlike the A310 which has a one-piece fiberglass body, the GTA was built from a series of fiberglass and polyester panels. This significantly simplified production, and it made both insurance companies and panel beaters far happier – as fixing a unitary fiberglass shell is a specialized skill that often proved quite expensive.

The GTA used two major engine types both mounted in the rear, the Renault 2458cc PRV Z7U Turbo V6, and the Renault 2849cc PRV Z6W V6. These were coupled to the Renault UN1 transaxle gearbox, that was also used on the Renault 25 and Lotus Esprit. There were a few special editions of the GTA offered, including but not limited to the Europa Cup, the Mille Miles, and the Le Mans.

The sleek styling of the Renault Alpine GTA was remarkably aerodynamically efficient, with a 0.28 drag coefficient – a world record at the time and still notably better than many modern sports cars.

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Renault Alpine would keep the GTA in production from 1984 till 1991, at which time they replaced it with the Alpine A610 – it had been decided to drop “Renault” from the name as some felt it detracted from the luxury sports car image, and perhaps hurt sales.

Today the Renault Alpine GTA is a popular and collectible classic sports car that’s also highly useable – with excellent reliability and comfort making it ideally suited to GT usage.

The 1985 Renault Alpine GTA V6 Shown Here

The GTA you see here is from the first full year of production, it’s fitted with the naturally-aspirated 158 hp, 2.8-liter PRV V6 engine and manual 5-speed gearbox. It presents well in unrestored condition throughout, and 28,000 kilometers on the odometer.

It’s due to be offered by RM Sotheby’s at the Fort Lauderdale auction on the 6th of April with an estimated value of between $40,000 and $50,000 USD. The car is accompanied by many spares including two door panels, an original spare tire cover, multiple hoses and pressure lines, fuel filters, oil filters, spark plugs, front and read break pads, hydraulic cylinders for the rear hatch, assorted fuses and bulbs, belts and complete maintenance manuals.

If you’d like to read more about the car or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing.

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Images: Vadim Daniel ©2018 Courtesy of RM Auctions

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1961 Volkswagen Type 2 Single-Cab Pickup https://silodrome.com/volkswagen-type-2-pickup/ Wed, 28 Feb 2018 07:00:04 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=71420 1961 Volkswagen Type 2 Single-Cab Pickup

The Volkswagen Type 2 Single-Cab Pickup was based on the iconic VW Bus, a vehicle that revolutionized the automotive industry almost as much as the little bug-shaped Beetle it was based on. The Origins Of The Volkswagen Type 2 Funnily enough, the now legendary VW Type 2 was invented almost entirely by accident. Volkswagen factory...

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1961 Volkswagen Type 2 Single-Cab Pickup

The Volkswagen Type 2 Single-Cab Pickup was based on the iconic VW Bus, a vehicle that revolutionized the automotive industry almost as much as the little bug-shaped Beetle it was based on.

The Origins Of The Volkswagen Type 2

Funnily enough, the now legendary VW Type 2 was invented almost entirely by accident. Volkswagen factory workers had built a rudimentary boxy van based on the flat platform used by the VW Beetle to transport parts within the factory, and it was seen by Dutch VW importer Ben Pon on a visit to the plant in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Ben immediately recognized the potential for such a vehicle, and sketched out a more elegant design of the VW van. At the time, production was at capacity. It was just two years after the end of WWII, and VW production was was running at capacity providing the cheap and versatile Beetle for consumers in Germany, and around the world.

Two years after Ben’s eureka moment in 1947 the first VW Type 2 rolled off the production line, the development phase had taken about three months, and it was realized quickly that the stock Type 1 Beetle floorpan wasn’t going to be strong enough. A ladder type chassis was created, then fitted with a unitized body that sat the driver and passengers at the very front, and the cargo in the rear.

As with the Beetle, the Type 2 had a rear-mounted, air-cooled flat-4. The location of the engine allowed the rear cargo bay to have a flat floor all the way back which made loading and unloading simple,  though the rear section could get a little toasty on long drives.

The Volkswagen Type 2 and the Technical University of Braunschweig Wind Tunnel

The original Type 2 prototype had appalling aerodynamics. There was limited engine power, so the engineers used the wind tunnel at the Technical University of Braunschweig to experiment with methods for lowering the drag coefficient and improving both fuel efficiency and cruising speed.

The target was to match or exceed the drag coefficient of the Type 1 at Cd=0.48. This was a little ambitious as the Type 2 was essentially a steel brick on wheels, with the original prototype testing in at Cd=0.75.

It was realized that by splitting the windshield into a “V” (when viewed from overhead) and curving the front of the vehicle smoothly back from the centerline, the aerodynamics could be improved significantly. By the time the wind tunnel testing was complete, the new VW Type 2 had a drag coefficient of just Cd=0.44.

The 1961 Volkswagen Type 2 Single-Cab Pickup Shown Here

The Type 2 you see here is an original Pickup model, far more rare than the Microbus and Van variants. All three sides of the tray back fold down, and there’s additional storage under the centre section. It’s finished in a highly desirable two-tone red and white, with chrome accents, and white bumpers front and back.

The vehicle was restored in 2009 with Paul Willison of Brumos Racing fame contracted to complete the mechanicals and final detailing. The vehicle is now described as “needing absolutely nothing and can be driven anywhere with confidence.”

If you’d like to read more about it or register to bid, you can click here to visit the listing on RM Sotheby’s.

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Porsche Tractor – A Rare 1961 Porsche Junior 108 https://silodrome.com/porsche-tractor/ Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:00:02 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=72491 Porsche Tractor – A Rare 1961 Porsche Junior 108

The first Porsche tractor designs were penned by Dr Ferdinand Porsche in the early 1930s alongside the early designs for the VW Beetle – the original plan was to develop a “Volks-Tractor” to be sold alongside the “Volks-Wagen”. A Brief History of the Porsche Tractor By 1934 there were three working tractor prototypes, all of which...

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Porsche Tractor – A Rare 1961 Porsche Junior 108

The first Porsche tractor designs were penned by Dr Ferdinand Porsche in the early 1930s alongside the early designs for the VW Beetle – the original plan was to develop a “Volks-Tractor” to be sold alongside the “Volks-Wagen”.

A Brief History of the Porsche Tractor

By 1934 there were three working tractor prototypes, all of which featured a unique (for the time) hydraulic coupling between engine and transmission. This would be a design requirement on all Porsche tractors built until production ended in 1963, because the engineers believed that farmers couldn’t be trusted to operate a clutch effectively.

It was clear from the outset that they would need at least four engine sizes, as different tractors have different jobs – some require less power power and some require far more. The difficulty was that the core design criteria was to develop engines that were very cheap to build and maintain – so having four unique engines was not an option.

Dr Porsche solved this issue by creating a new air-cooled diesel engine that was entirely modular. Each cylinder and cylinder head was detachable and individually replaceable – allowing engines made up of one, two, three, or four cylinders depending on the crankcase.

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The onset of WWII stopped development work on the Porsche tractor, and after the war ended only companies that had been building tractors before the war were allowed to resume production. This meant that the only way to get the Porsche-Diesel into production was to license it, so the German production was licensed to Allgaier GmbH and the Austrian license was sold to Hofherr Schrantz.

In 1956 Mannesmann AG bought the license to build Porsche tractors and invested heavily into re-fitting the old Zeppelin factory just west of Friedrichshafen. Over the course of the production run over 125,000 Porsche tractors would be build and shipped all over the world – and thanks to their solid construction many thousands of them are still operational.

The 1961 Porsche Junior 108 Tractor Shown Here

Of all the models that were produced, the most popular was the Porsche Junior 108. It was the smallest and most affordable of the Porsche tractor model range, and its single cylinder air-cooled diesel engine was both economical to run, and very hard to break.

The diesel engine has a capacity of 822cc and is capable of 15 hp at 2250 rpm, and there’s a power takeoff at the rear to allow farm machinery to be operated. The engine uses Bosch diesel injection, and it’s coupled to a 6-speed transmission – it would be almost half a century until road-going Porsches received that many cogs.

The 1961 Porsche Junior 108 you see here is a cousin of the timeless Porsche 356, and just like its two-doored relative it has timeless styling, and air-cooled motor, and rear wheel drive. This tractor has benefitted from a recent comprehensive restoration to immaculate condition, and it’s finished in the traditional red, with the correct off-white finish on the wheels and seat.

Although Lamborghini might be more famous for their tractors, I’d dare to suggest that the Porsche tractors are actually prettier, and they’re perfectly sized for active duty on small farms, orchards, and vineyards. If you’d like to read more about this tractor or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing on Bonhams.

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The eCub 2 – A Retro Electric Motorcycle by Shanghai Customs https://silodrome.com/ecub-2-retro-electric-motorcycle/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:18 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=72472 The eCub 2 – A Retro Electric Motorcycle by Shanghai Customs

The eCub 2 is a retro electric motorcycle from the international team at Shanghai Customs, it combines the much loved Honda Super Cub chassis with an all-electric drivetrain including a 1000 Watt electric motor in the rear wheel hub, and a bespoke removable battery pack made up of Panasonic 3.7v 3.400 mAh lithium-ion 18650 cells....

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The eCub 2 – A Retro Electric Motorcycle by Shanghai Customs

The eCub 2 is a retro electric motorcycle from the international team at Shanghai Customs, it combines the much loved Honda Super Cub chassis with an all-electric drivetrain including a 1000 Watt electric motor in the rear wheel hub, and a bespoke removable battery pack made up of Panasonic 3.7v 3.400 mAh lithium-ion 18650 cells.

The Takeover Of Electric Motorcycles In China

Love them or hate them, electric motorcycles are here to stay. They represent one of the fastest growing sectors of the global motorcycle market, particularly in the developing world. The benefits of electric power are significant – though the major drawback for most people is range.

In recent years China has largely banned the formerly ubiquitous internal combustion motorcycle/scooter from most of their large city centers. The pollution caused by millions of motorcycles each day was immense, compounded by the fact that many of them were two-strokes or poorly maintained four-strokes.

The switch from petrol to electric two-wheeled transportation was neck-snappingly rapid, many of these new electric motorcycles and bicycles were little more than regular bikes with a lead acid battery and a small hub motor. More advanced electric bikes, scooters, and motorcycles are being released each year – featuring lithium-ion batteries, more powerful electric motors, and much improved fit and finish.

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The Shanghai Customs eCub 2 Retro Electric Motorcycle

Shanghai Customs (a wholly foreign-owned Chinese enterprise (WOFE)) have been developing their Cub-based electric motorcycle for the past two years, and the example you see here is their production-ready eCub version 2.

Being based in Shanghai has proven to be a great benefit to the team of expats headed by New Zealander Matthew Waddick. It’s allowed them to rapidly prototype new designs and parts, work with high-end boutique factories, and monitor quality and production. Every member of the team is fluent in Mandarin.

As the market in China and around the world for electric motorcycles has continued to develop there’s been an increasing demand for more luxurious and better looking models. Shanghai Customs are leading the charge in China for those who want a daily rideable electric motorcycle that doesn’t look like a mountain bike with a laptop battery bolted to the rear tray.

The Honda Super Cub is a motorcycle that needs no introduction – it’s the most prolifically produced motorized vehicle in history, and it’s been adopted nowhere more enthusiastically than China.

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When developing the eCub it was decided to embrace the iconic stamped steel construction of the Super Cub, and to forgo the plastic guards (and the petrol motor of course). A new aluminum swingarm was designed to allow the width of the electric motor in the rear hub, the aforementioned Panasonic lithium-ion battery pack was designed to slide in under the seat where it would be easily removable for owners to take it inside with them for charging.

A retro LED headlight was chosen for the front to provide ample light with minimal battery draw, and the electrics were all hidden inside the frame to keep the styling as clean as possible.

A pair of adjustable shocks were fitted in the back to allow riders to dial in the handling to suit their tastes, and the eCUB 2’s onboard systems such as top and low speed, torque, regenerative braking, sport, and eco modes, and even reverse mode are all controlled on your smartphone that can be mounted where the speedometer is traditionally located.

The eCub 2 has a typical range of 40 kilometers at 45 km/h, that’s with an 80 kilogram rider. The overwhelming majority of people have daily commutes well under 40 kilometers – meaning an electric motorcycle is a viable option, and owner’s will never spend another dime on fuel.

If you’d like to see more from Shanghai Customs are enquire after ordering your own eCUB 2 or eCUB conversion kit for your old petrol Cub you can get in touch with them through their website here or via social media below.

The eCUB is available in Shanghai from mid April and the conversion kits available soon after.

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Bolle McQueen Motorcycle Goggles https://silodrome.com/bolle-mcqueen-motorcycle-goggles/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:00:56 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=71725 Bolle McQueen Motorcycle Goggles

The Bolle McQueen Motorcycle Goggles were developed to evoke the look of the iconic goggles worn by the likes of Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins in the ISDT International Six Day Trials and Mojave Desert Races in the 1960s. Bolle developed the goggles using all new materials to ensure that modern safety standards are met....

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Bolle McQueen Motorcycle Goggles

The Bolle McQueen Motorcycle Goggles were developed to evoke the look of the iconic goggles worn by the likes of Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins in the ISDT International Six Day Trials and Mojave Desert Races in the 1960s.

Bolle developed the goggles using all new materials to ensure that modern safety standards are met. They’re fitted with sealed double lenses, the outer lens is a ballistic 2.1 mm thick polycarbonate with an anti-scratch coating, and the inner lens is a ballistic 1.1 mm thick polycarbonate with an anti-fog coating – combined these pass the Ballistic Resistance STANAG 2920 certification.

The black frame of the Bolle McQueen Goggles is designed to be as soft and comfortable as possible, and it was shaped to fit the face port of almost all open and 3/4 face helmets. The lenses are curved to offer a panoramic field of vision, and there’s an adjustable 45mm strap designed to go over your helmet.

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Full Race: 1981 Daytona 500 https://silodrome.com/full-race-1981-daytona-500/ Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:08 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=68924 Full Race: 1981 Daytona 500

The 1981 Daytona 500 was a unique race for a number of reasons, it also featured a remarkably tight finish, with just 3.5 seconds between 1st and 2nd place. If you haven’t seen the race, or you can’t remember who won, stop reading now and hit play above (I’m going to post spoilers below). The...

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Full Race: 1981 Daytona 500

The 1981 Daytona 500 was a unique race for a number of reasons, it also featured a remarkably tight finish, with just 3.5 seconds between 1st and 2nd place.

If you haven’t seen the race, or you can’t remember who won, stop reading now and hit play above (I’m going to post spoilers below). The race runs almost 3 hours in length, so you’ll need a few beers on ice and a nice quiet room.

If you don’t mind a spoiler, carry on reading.

Perhaps the most significant element to this race is that Richard Petty won it, and in so doing became the first driver in NASCAR history to win the Daytona 500 in three different decades.

His win can be credited to two things, his driving, and his crew chief Dale Inman who made the tactical decision to only refuel and not change the tires on the car during the final pitstop. This saved crucial seconds, and allowed Petty to cross the line a whisker ahead of Bobby Allison who had qualified on pole, and led most laps.

Read more about the race here.

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