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Date: Jun 18, 2013
The Monte Hunters Monte Tour: Day 2
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Day 2

The next morning, we headed to the Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet car show. Sadly, after driving past the 120 cars that arrived before us, we knew we didn't have a chance at an award. But it was a great show. We talked to a lot of participants, checked out the dealership had a great time.

Yes, this is a mint 81 Mustang with a 4 cylinder

After the show, we got to check out the displays in the lobby

After the crowds had cleared, we moved in for a cool picture

Then it was back on the road to check out more history.

We arrived at North Wilksboro Speedway, It has been closed since 96.

After about 10 minutes the neighbor, who was just mowing his lawn, came over and started talking to us. Asked us about where we were from and what we were doing there. Being greatfull he didn't come after us with a shotgun, I continued to take pictures. We told him and He gave us a little history of the place and then asked us if we wanted to take pictures of the inside. We could not believe what we heard! Of course we said yes!!!!

He pulled the keys out of his pocket and slide the main gate open. Once inside we found a 74 Pontiac Bonneville. It was his and was given to him in 1975 or so by the Late Bill France Sr., the creator of NASCAR.

After we talked more about the history of the car and about drivers who raced there, the gentleman said, I have to finish cutting the lawn, just lock up when your done. WE HAD FULL ACCESS TO THE TRACK!!!

Here is where the sureal part kicks in. The place was dead quiet, and I constantly had a feeling like you were being watched as well as the feeling a race car is should be coming around the turns.

Turns 1&2

the straightaways

Turns 3&4

Matt, being a wise A$$

And then we made our own NASCAR history, I was the last person to leave North Wilksboro Speedway, Matt and Tim were the last guys to lock down the front gate. Of course it won't be history for long, but it was still a great experiance.

The back side of the stands above turns 1&2

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped and caught the end of a cruise night. We saw 3 nice rides leaving as we arrived. But a few remained

After Dinner, we headed back to the hotel. And got to check out the local cruising scene. Or as Tim put it, Vortec Racing! Somehow we sat on the side walk in front of the dealership watching the locals run Imports, lifter truck and a few modern Mustangs and Camaros making laps up and down the main street. it was like a train wreck, you just couldn't look away! Maybe thats why we didn't get any sleep til after 1 in the morning.

 

 

 



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Great story on Wilkesboro!

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so whats the plans with that track??? ive seen another one thats not used anymore that was on BBC Top Gear.. i would love to own one.. charge people few bucks and they can drive their own cars at their own risk kinda thing

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Thanks Frank. It was a awesome sight!

Jon, there are dozens of track down there that are abandoned. This one was purchased and shut down so the race dates could go to the owners 2 newer tracks. This track was sold for $14 Million in 95 and today, it would be too risky to think about driving on it. That would be a hell of a lot of cash to open it up for yahoos to drive on.

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