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The Purple Hog

Ford Motor Company got serious about stock car racing in 1955. Ford retained Indy 500 ace Peter Depaolo to head up their racing program. DePaolo signed up four of NASCAR's brightest stars to drive: Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly, Ralph Moody, and Marvin Panch. The new Ford team was painted a bright purple and white for Schwam Motor Co. of Charlotte, NC, so they were nicknamed the Purple Hogs. The Ford team won 19 out of 56 events in 1956. Curtis Turner won the Southern 500 of Darlington. This car is owned by Jerry Lawrence of Hunter, New York and is on loan to the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Early in 1955, Ford cars had just one NASCAR victory since the series began in 1949. Meanwhile, Chevrolet was advertising its wins and attracting customers. As a countermeasure, Ford formed its first NASCAR factory team and built two cars. They were powered by the new overhead-valve 'Y block' V8 engine. In stock trim, with a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, it produced 182 horsepower. The cars were painted a vivid purple, which caricatures of snorting wild boars on the front fenders.

The first race for Ford drivers Curtis Turner and Joe Weatherly was the 1955 Southern 500 - then the biggest NASCAR race of the year. Weatherly started ninth and Turner 15th, but they charged to the front and Turner led laps 110 to 123 before his front suspension broke.

Weatherly took over and led a total of 138 laps until he suffered the same fate on lap 317.

Even though both cars dropped out, they had shown Ford's potential. The next year, Turner came back and won the Southern 500 in his 1956 version of the Ford 'Purple Hog.'
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Sebastien Loeb added victory at the Goodwood Festival of Speed shoot-out to his enormous trophy cabinet with a stirring run during Sunday afternoon's against-the-clock timed run. The nine-time World Rally Champion, who now races for Citroen in the World Touring Car Championship, had qualified second fastest in the fearsome Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car, and shaved almost a second from his Saturday time to take the top spot when it counted most in a time of 44.60 seconds. It is the second ...[Read more...]
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Successful multi-team owner will receive inaugural Cameron R. Argetsinger Award WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 24, 2014) - Chip Ganassi, who fields teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Verizon INDYCAR and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series, will be honored on Aug. 7 by the International Motor Racing Research Center at the Corning (N.Y.) Museum of Glass. Ganassi will receive the inaugural Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for his outstanding contributions to motorsports. Often referre...[Read more...]
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 Trevor Bayne will once again pilot the No. 6 Ford Mustang in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but this time the car has a distinct look, with a bright pink Pillow Pets sponsor wrap. Bayne passed out Pillow Pets in the media center and then answered a few racing questions Friday. TREVOR BAYNE, No. 6 Pillow Pets Ford Mustang – IS YOUR CAR FAST THIS WEEKEND? 'I didn't know a rainbow bear could go so fast around a race track. Our Pillow Pets Mustang is re...[Read more...]

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