#AW223 - WORTH THE LONG READ: When Charlotte Motor Speedway went bankrupt a year after it opened, the bankruptcy judge turned its operation over to a local furniture store owner, Richard Howard. One of his promotional ideas was to come up with two pace cars for the races that were held in 1971 at Charlotte. He wanted flashy cars that would be driven around to various locations, including other tracks, to simply advertise his races.
They chose 2 identical white '71 440 Chargers equipped with a sunroof and headlight washers (of all things) in addition to other options. A total of only three white '71 chargers were built with sunroofs, and these 2 had them. More information below this "back in the day" photo.
Both Chargers paced their respective races, and the National 500 pace car was totaled by a PR guy. Then he sold the World 600 car to his nephew, who used it as a daily driver until he bought a truck many years later.
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