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1970 NASCAR Grand National Car #93 Will Race Across the Block at Russo and Steele’s 11th Annual Scottsdale Auction Event

The Furr Construction Monte Carlo of Buck Baker and Dub Simpson

Scottsdale, Arizona (Nov 2, 2010) -- Early in 1970 an aspiring, but under-funded Grand National NASCAR owner, Harold Farr, was able to acquire a Chevrolet Monte Carlo from a dealer in Elkin, North Carolina for a  price that very well may have been subsidized by Chevrolet. The very low VIN number gives some credence to the legend. It was sent directly to Mack Howard’s Garage where his small but committed team went to work converting it to race trim.
At the time Farr was also running a frequently wrecked and rather abused Chevelle with Richard Brown behind the wheel. As frequently happens owners and driver do not always agree and a journeyman oval track driver named Dub Simpson was enlisted to take the wheel for the new #93 Monte Carlo. Simpson’s run was rather short-lived, however, as after only two races Furr’s lack of funding caught up with him. Simpson managed a respectable 24th at Talladega but according to Dub they did not have the tires to finish the race. He recalls pulling into the pits and there was no one there to fuel the car let alone replace the worn out tires. Seems Furr only had the money for a single set of Goodyear’s for the entire weekend!

The Monte Carlo was parked until early in 1972 when Furr convinced noted driver Buck Baker that his career was not over and to take the wheel. He managed to qualify sixth at Rockingham and interestingly enough he was just behind his son Buddy on the grid. They both blew their engines but it was indeed a historical event. Buck drove the #93 Monte Carlo at three more events that year culminating at Talladega where the engine decided it had had enough and car and engine went their separate ways.

Furr was out of money and out of NASCAR and as such sold the Monte Carlo to Bobby Mausgrove who ran two similar cars for the 1973 season. There were two known starts, one at Talladega and a USAC race at Dover. It was now the “00”car and it was subsequently sold to Bobby Waywak who retained the number but painted it Pearl White with strobe-like graphics. There is no record of Waywak ever racing the car.

Fast forward to 2005 when the restoration of the Buck Baker #93 Monte Carlo was completed. It was restored as originally built in Mack Howard’s Garage back in 1970. The sheet metal, roll cage and even the drum brakes are as original. The fuel container, although badly rusted, is original as is the date imprinted fuel bladder. Even the air cleaner and driver’s seat are original.
The car was invited to the Darlington Festival of Speed that was to be held in September of 2008. In anticipation, it was repainted in its original blue livery at Johnny Davis’s J. D. Motorsport’s shop in South Carolina. Dub Simpson, one of the early drivers, resides in the area and was on-hand when the Monte Carlo was presented at the Darlington Festival of Speed. It again was presented the following year and after 60 laps around the oval known as “The Lady in

Black” it is now ready to take its place as the cornerstone of a collection that will include a significant NASCAR veteran.
Russo and Steele Scottsdale Auction is January 19-23, 2010. The 11th Annual auction event will feature over 600+ European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles. Check
the Russo and Steele website for updates and additional information. For additional information or images please contact Stephanie Quinn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 602.252.2697.

About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions
Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles is one of the nation’s premier collector car auctions; specializing in the world’s finest European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and customs. Its two auctions each year attract clients all over the globe not only because of its reputation for stellar collector automobiles, but also unique auction experiences unattainable at any other collector car auction in the world. Its auction events take place with its signature auction in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, and Monterey, California in August. Additional information please visit www.russoandsteele.com or call 602.252.2697.

For more information, contact:
Stephanie Quinn
Phone: (602) 252-2697
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