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20 High-Octane Pics From Old-School Raceways

If you were a prohibition era moonshine runner, then you needed a fast car. Why? To escape the cops, and look dang cool while doing it. 


Wilkes County North Carolina was a hotbed for the moonshine industry, and many of NASCAR's earliest stars either owned, or drove these high-powered escaping machines. So, in 1947, Bill France Sr. decided to organize those drivers at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida. One year later, official stock car racing was born. 


Of course, early cars and tracks are a world away from what they are now, and those of yesteryear featured much more dirt and death. But the style those guys had is undeniable, and their carefree daredevil spirit drills down to the core of what makes America special. You can see more on the NASCAR Hall of Fame website, but check out these 20 vintage pics from old school raceways right here. 

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