November 06, 2017 2 min read
Good times and arguably questionable judgement at the HW HQ has lead to what we're thinking is one of the best purchases of all time. We basically bought NASCAR Hall of Famer, Bobby Allison's 1988 Buick Regal. This is no ordinary Buick, and certainly no stock Regal. Well, it is a stock car in whatever twisted sense NASCAR considers a car to be "stock" but it's far from it. This thing is an actual NASCAR. Run in the 1988 Winson cup series where the Bobby Allison battled it out with other legends such Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Bill Elliot and many others and even bagged himself the win at the Daytona 500 with his son Davey right behind him. This car is legendary in every sense of the word. An absolute beast, still complete NASCAR spec., sucking down leaded race fuel and putting down 700+ HP to the track. Straight from the golden era, this car sports it's original champagne gold paint, and is fitted with full High Life graphics. One look at this piece and it's no wonder this car is considered to be one of the top 10 NASCAR liveries of all time. And it actually sits mere feet from my desk as I type this. One hell of an office perk if you ask me.
Original 1988 Buick Regal Grill - See it's stock afterall. This particular car has been converted to a road race configuration (so it can go right, along with left) this conversion also included ducts being installed into the bumper to keep the brakes cool when dicing in and out of corners.
There's just something about that front end that means business. And this car is nothing but business. Sporting a 700+HP SBC powerplant, boasting 12:1 compression, built to exact NASCAR specs. This is straight piped to the side, and makes for one of the wildest and loudest "stock" cars you've ever heard. This heater of a motor is followed up with a Richmond 4 speed and a 9" Third member.
A stunning behind, no doubt. Short and extra wide. A full steel body sits atop the tube chassis and this car actually weighs in at around 3400 LBS. HEAVY. It's stock afterall, right? Sitting on Aero 15x10 wheels squared wrapped with 27 x 12 x 15 Good Year Racing slicks, which only last about a day.
With a 50 hour motor (that means the motor is only built to last 50 hours) I guess you're not supposed to start it unless you're going to race it. Well, we will see about that...