Cars – Darrell Waltrip Museum Tour

Cars – Darrell Waltrip Museum Tour


A lot of guys collect cars,
but a lot of times you just collect ’em – because you like a car.
– Right. Ora model
or something about that car. But these cars,
I’m emotionally attached to. I been fortunate
to be able to collect whatl have. This is my ’71 Mercury.
This is the first car. I bought it in ’71. I raced it at
Talladega in 1972, led the race in it. – Really?
– Had a really good run going. Iwas a rookie. That was
my first race. I went to Talladega. – Talladega was your first?
– That was the first place I went. – People say…
– Baptism by fire? “Why go to Talladega?”
I said, “My carwas ready and that was the race
they were having.” – So this is back…
– Oh, yeah. – You used stock hoods, fenders?
– This, yeah… You’d go to the junkyard. Now,
you might carve on ’em a little bit, narrow ’em up and cut the bumpers
and make it a little more, but… Tube frame? A racing frame,
but then you put the stock body parts… It’s got a snout on it,
just like they have today. But the cars, structurally,
haven’t changed that much. Technology is what’s changed,
how they build ’em, the way they build ’em, the materials
they use, that’s what’s changed. So how does a car
like this handle differently than doing Talladega
in one of the later cars? – Did we know about aerodynamics?
– No. – I think not.
– But it looks great. – It looks great.
– It’s a cool car. There’s something about NASCARS
from this era that I just love. This carwas actually an ’81 Buick. – This is a road race, so you ran…
– I ran at Riverside. That was before
they started running up at Sonoma. And it was really one of the first
all full-blown road racecars there was. See, the oil cooler’s moved over here? The chassis’ offset.
Everything was built… Everything was put over
on the right side to make it… where we normally
put everything on the left side. They moved the engine over. Did you do much road racing
orwas it mostly ovals? We did Riverside all through the ’70s
and ’80s. Iwon six races at Riverside. – This is one of my favorite cars.
– Lasseter This is amazing. – Waltrip A Camaro.
– Lasseter Camaros ran NASCAR? Modified division,
so all these modified guys, “What are we gonna do for Daytona?‘ They’re making all these ol’ ugly noses
and pieces to put on their modifieds to go to Daytona.
We look in the rulebook and say, “You can run a Camaro.”
And this hood is really heavy. – These are Volkswagen fenders.
– They’re Volkswagen fenders? So if a Camaro married a Volkswagen,
had a baby… – This is what it’d look like.
– What it’d look like. Slick piece. She’s ready to race. So this car has an incredible history. It was built in 1977,
and it neverwas in a wreck. – Oh, wow.
– It’s won on quarter miles, half-miles, one miles, road courses
and mile and a half races. – Really? Road courses and…
– Yeah, the same car. Every now and then
you get a car that… I guarantee you take it to Charlotte – and probably win in it right now.
– Wow. It’s just that way. One of those cars that always,
it drove great, no matterwho drove it,
everybody loved it. | always think of personalities with…
you know, with cars and stuff, and this would be a car
with a lot of heart. Waltrip Yeah. And this was my
western auto car, my chrome car. Lasseter This is one of the
most beautiful cars to ever race. Waltrip That thing on the race track
is so awesome. – Lasseter Gorgeous.
– Waltrip It looks so cool. I had the chrome helmet,
the dark chrome reflective shield, I had Bill Simpson
to build me a chrome uniform, which was outta that, you know,
you’ve seen firemen’s uniforms? It was that kinda crinkly kinda stuff. I couldn’t race in it,
but I took a lot of pictures in it. I had chrome shoes,
and I had chrome car. When we asked you what car you wanted, what you wanted
to look like in the movie… – Yeah.
– You know/.7 “What does Darrell look like?”
You said chrome. – Chrome.
– Right away, “With flames.” Waltrip Chrome with flames,
that’s as good as it can get. If you’re a car guy from our era
particularly, chrome and flames, – that’s two things you gotta have.
– Yeah. Boy, you do look good in the movie.
You look really good in the movie. – It’s my favorite car.
– I love it. This is one of my favorite Vettes.
Look at that silver leather interior. In May of’78, we’re riding dealers
around the race track. I’m driving this one, and I said, “God,
love this, this thing is beautiful. Man, I’m gonna tell y’all something.
If I win this race Sunday, put my name on this baby.
I’m gonna buy this car.” So Iwon the race on Sunday. Iwoke up Monday morning
and this carwas sitting in my driveway. Old Stooge’s truck. I finished
sixth at Martinsville in that truck. Lasseter So how do trucks drive
in comparison to cars? People say, “How do you
keep the back ends under those?” – They think about ’em being tail happy.
– Right. These have got more down force
than people think they do. The air comes over here,
it’s got a pretty tall cab, but you got this whole back sealed off.
And so when the air comes over it, the spoiler’s almost as high
as the roof, so this has got a ton of, well, half-ton of rear down force. We said at the beginning,
that’s the first car. And this is my last car right here.
This is 3 Route 66… Lasseter It’s
like Radiator Springs, you know/.7 Yeah, sat on front row at Indy in 2000.
That was the highlight of 2000. I thought I was gonna
get the pole at Indy, and Ricky Rudd ended up
beating me by two-hundredths. I had a awesome car that day,
and Ifinished 11th. But I had awinning car.
Ijust made a bad pit stop. That was the highlight
of the whole 2000 season. Unfortunately. Lasseter I can’t tell you
how you’ve influenced this film. – Waltrip Great.
– Lasseter It’s like, before I got to know you
and just watching yourwork, you know, on Fox and your racing, but getting to know you
and what you’ve helped take this, the animators and the authenticity up,
and the excitement to another level. Bab What a move!
He’s caught up to the leaders. A three-way battle for the lead,
with ten to go! Well, I know you
and I know your reputation, and | knowwhat you’ve done already
with these animations. You could even take
an old country bumpkin like me and whatl know and what you know,
and | always like to say, – “Your two and my two makes five.”
– Yeah, thanks. – Thanks, man.
– All right, bud. Thank you. – It’s been a pleasure.
– It’s been really fun.

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