Some updated photos of the old girl, including some very cool old-school rolled fenders. Getting ready to be raced for the first time in over 30 years at the 2013 Sonoma Historics.
Lots of progress on the car. Shes almost ready for the body shop now. Starting to look like a mean ol’ girl even without her skin on.
Thank you to Madison and Stephen for all their hard work!
Minor update today — car is well on her way to being done. Her first outing will be at this years 2012 Palo Alto Concour d’Elegance June 24th in Palo Alto, CA — you will remember my Impala (http://NASCARImpala.com) won the historic race car division. Lets see if the Cougar can do it this year!
Guys installing the firewall, motor and tranny, and the swaybar installed in original NOS Holman-Moody front clip. More to come…
I finally found out the complete history of the Cougar – it had quite a life. It was raced continually from 1977 through 1984 in the NASCAR Winston West and Sportsman series. It raced with great success on oval, road courses, and even once on the streets of Las Vegas taking eleven top 10 and two first place finishes.
The car was re-bodied as a Ford Granada around 1979. Being restored today back to its original Mercury Cougar configuration this car has been driven by such west coast NASCAR greats as Harry Jefferson, David Pearson, Derrike Cope, and even Bobby Allison!
NASCAR Winston West Results (I don’t have any for Sportsman, Help?)
|6/3/84||15||Riverside – Budweiser 400||Derrike Cope|
|11/27/83||5||Phonenix – Sands Chevrolet 250||Derrike Cope|
|7/31/83||5||Evergreen Speedway – Winston Evergreen 200||Derrike Cope|
|7/2/83||2||Yakima Speedway – Yakima Winston 150||Derrike Cope|
|10/9/83||12||Caeser’s Palace- Las Vegas Street Course||Derrike Cope|
|11/21/82||36||Riverside – Winston Western 500||Derrike Cope|
|7/8/81||16||Western Speedway – Juan De Fuca News 150||Derrike Cope|
|7/5/81||6||Portland Speedway – GI Joe 150||Derrike Cope|
|6/22/80||7||Laguna Seca – Winston Monterey 200||Bobby Allison|
|5/17/80||7||Stockton 99 Speedway – Stockton Winston 100||David Pearson|
|8/26/79||17||Evergreen Speedway – Evergreen Winston 100||Harry Jefferson|
|8/12/79||5||Sears Point – Winston Sears Point 100||Bobby Allison|
|6/24/78||23||Yakima Speedway – Winston Yakima 100||Harry Jefferson|
|8/13/78||17||Sears Point – Winston Sears Point 100||David Pearson|
|8/2/78||17||Yakima Speedway – Winston Yakima 100||Harry Jefferson|
|4/30/78||22||Shasta Raceway – Old Milwaukee 100||Bobby Allison|
|4/28/78||3||Stockton 99 Speedway – Stockton 100||Bobby Allison|
|6/26/77||1||Evergreen Speedway - Winston Evergreen 150||Harry Jefferson|
|6/25/77||1||Yakima Speedway - Winston Yakima 100||Harry Jefferson|
|7/4/77||5||Portland Speedway – Winston Portland 100||Harry Jefferson|
Busy day working on the car. Welding up some last minute chassis items and putting the front bumper and grills in place.
Fabricated / beefed up lower control arm from a big 60s era Ford LTD
Big ol’ brakes! – Original NASCAR Grand National brakes and spindles from 1970s
Welp, its been a long time coming but we finally started working on the old girl again. She’s got a new (old) set of clothes! Working towards finishing her by the end of April, wish us luck!
Videos of Evergreen and Spanaway in Washington State which show my 73′ Cougar. See in Video 1 at 5:18 into the video leading the heat and at 5:48s spinning out (note Harry checking to see if there is any damage) — you’ll see some colorful uh huhm interludes between heats hehhe