Buz’s Tie to the American Pickers Finds
Do you remember the twisted seat from the 1982 Daytona 500 featured in the show? It came out of a car owned by “Tiger Tom” Pistone and driven by Tighe Scott from Pen Argyl, Pa. Scott blew a tire and hit the wall on Lap 81 knocking him out of the race. In a twist of irony, I did all the sign painting on that car in January 1982 for Tom when I had my sign business in Florida.
Another item that has a great story to tell is the Richard Petty car door. It is badly bent and after some detective work here at the Hall, we solved the mystery of how it got in that shape. In September 1965, Lee Roy Yarbrough drove the #43 in a race at Richmond, Va. in place of Richard. During a caution period in the race, Yarbrough slid off the track and hit a light pole in the infield area of the track, ending his chances to finish the race. The damage to the door is indicative of a meeting with something tall, unmoving and narrow, like a light pole.
Both of these artifacts were showcased on HISTORY’s American Pickers in the “NASCAR Challenge” episode. Let us know what you thought of the show!