- The most important bootlegger in Atlanta, if not Southeast, and at all times flush with money, staff proprietor Raymond Parks, pictured above left, preferred successful.
- A flight engineer, driver Purple Byron, proper, tended to have a look at racing from an engineering perspective.
- An obsessive perfectionist, NASCAR’s first grasp mechanic Purple Vogt, heart, was famend for producing prodigious horsepower from flathead Ford V8s in Modifieds.
There would by no means be one other driver, mechanic and automotive proprietor trio fairly like Purple Byron, Purple Vogt and Raymond Parks, the three males who mixed to win NASCAR’s first Strictly Inventory championship in 1949.
World Struggle II veteran Byron suffered a shrapnel wound on board a B-24 bomber, which left him with some metallic in his left leg, a limp and fixed ache. However he received on nicely together with his mechanic not solely as a result of Vogt constructed a particular clutch pedal with pegs the place he may relaxation his left foot.
A flight engineer, Byron tended to have a look at racing from an engineering perspective. He claimed the eight-race Strictly Inventory factors title on board an Oldsmobile, successful at Martinsville and Daytona. However when his factors have been docked for competing in non-NASCAR occasions in the course of the 1950 season whereas contending for an additional title, the soft-spoken, hard-driving Byron switched to sports activities vehicles.
An obsessive perfectionist, Vogt was famend for producing prodigious horsepower from flathead Ford V8s in Modifieds. A cam specialist, he certainly employed some methods of his commerce within the engine of the successful “inventory” Oldsmobile.
At his two-car storage on Spring St. in Atlanta, Vogt had been constructing vehicles for bootleggers on one aspect and for Revenuers on the opposite because the Thirties. “The bootlegger vehicles have been at all times sooner,” he stated, “as a result of there have been so many rules you needed to observe on the federal government vehicles.”
The most important bootlegger in Atlanta, if not Southeast, and at all times flush with money, Parks preferred successful and the attendant publicity. In 1948, his staff captured NASCAR’s “different” first factors championship, this one for Modified vehicles, with Byron successful 11 of 52 races.
A person of few phrases who at all times wearing a go well with, tie and fedora, Parks was a inventory automotive racing pioneer, a person of many firsts. He received hooked on racing when Lloyd Seay, certainly one of his whiskey trippers and a fellow Dawsonville, Ga. native, gained the primary inventory automotive race on Atlanta’s Lakewood Mile in 1937 on board a 1934 Ford Roadster bought by Parks. “If he hadn’t gained,” stated Parks, “I won’t have ever gotten the racing fever.”
The primary multi-car staff proprietor, Parks started barnstorming the East Coast with a trio of Modified Ford entries ready by Vogt earlier than and after the struggle, when Alabaman Byron first caught his consideration, and was a mainstay in NASCAR founder Invoice France’s efforts to advertise the Seaside & Highway Course races in Daytona together with his three-car entries.
France himself typically drove certainly one of Parks’ Fords to victory. Driver Gober Sosebee and the late Parks’ spouse Violet later confirmed that the bootlegger once in a while provided France with a briefcase loaded with money to assist his promotional efforts.
At all times eager to be in the course of the racing motion, in the course of the first Southern 500 at Darlington in 1950 Parks helped change tires on his Cadillac entry pushed by Byron whereas sporting his ever-present costume shirt and tie. However he quickly retired from racing because of elevated public scrutiny of bootlegging, a enterprise he unrepentantly continued to pursue in shot homes round Atlanta—till he briefly turned a visitor of the federal authorities on the large home in Chillicothe, Ohio.