A Nichels Engineering “Go-Fast Factory” Flashback on the 50th Anniversary of Racing on the High Banks of Talladega …

Posted: October 24, 2019 in Uncategorized

Talladega …

It has been 50 years since racing began on the high banks of the Alabama International Motor Superspeedway.

Though many historians and fans have continually brought up the union organizing activity led by auto racing Superstar Richard Petty as a central issue, there were many more problems than a failure in communication between Bill France and the Professional Driver Association’s members.

The newly constructed and paved track was fast, too fast some say. The grip at the start of any car’s run seemingly catapulted the uniquely designed stock cars to greater and greater speeds.

Charlie Glotzbach in a Nichels Engineering entered Test Car snapped off a lap at 199.466 miles per hour, subsequently almost losing his job because he violated Ronney Householder’s orders to keep the new Dodge Daytona Charger on a short lease.

With the terrifically high speeds, what was really learned was the track was terribly rough and tires couldn’t last more than 10 laps before failing. Firestone and Goodyear both suffered the same fate. So much so, that safety became the central issue, that eventually forced a lengthy list of drivers to boycott the race. Dave Despain shares the whole story below …


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