Buck Baker’s 1957 Chevrolet “Black Widow” To Debut in Jan. 2014
Buck Baker’s 1957 Chevrolet “Black Widow” will be 1 of 18 new cars to be installed on Glory Road in January 2014.
Buck Baker campaigned a new, high-performance model known as the “Black Widow” which featured special engine and suspension parts specifically designed for racing. It was the first time an American auto manufacturer offered a model with NASCAR racing in mind. During the 1957 season, Baker made 40 starts and led all drivers in wins with 10 and poles with six. He won a whopping $30,763.40 for his efforts and became the first driver to win back-to-back NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) championships.
This car is owned by Fred and Dianne Bowden of Monrovia, CA. who first saw the car many years ago at the car show held at Auto Club Speedway. He jokingly asked the owner if it was for sale. Bowden saw the car a few years later and asked again if the car was for sale. He struck a deal with the gentleman and has been the proud owner of this piece of NASCAR history for the past eight years. Mr. Bowden has graciously loaned this wonderful vehicle to the NASCAR Hall of Fame for next three years where it will take a place of honor of the Hall’s Glory Road.
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