Happy Birthday to Inductee Glen Wood
For the eighth consecutive year, a birthday party was held for NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Glen Wood at the former Wood Brothers shop in Stuart, VA. Wood, now 88 years young, launched the family racing team in 1950 with entry into the premier series of NASCAR in 1953. It is the longest active team in NASCAR. What began as a few friends celebrating Glen Wood’s birthday has grown over the years. About 50 former drivers (including NASCAR champion Rex White and former Wood driver David Pearson), family members and friends attended the festivities and the stories were numerous and nostalgic.
Former crew member “Peanut” Turman recalled his first day working for the team. He had a talent for climbing trees feet first. He had just reached the top of the tree when Glen’s wife, Bernice, drove up. She saw Peanut upside down and she scolded Glen for “hanging” that poor man up in the tree. She demanded that Glen get him down immediately. Everyone got a kick out of it. Turman worked seven and a half years for the team. If all goes well, there will be the ninth edition of the party next July 18!