A number '0' Ford. What track and
It looks curious
because the car is facing the wrong way!
Reply From Steve Samples:
While driving for Holman-Moody I'm familiar with two non #28
cars Lorenzen drove. One was at Charlotte in '62. The other at
Bowman-Gray Stadium in '63. During that season Fred was high in
the point standings while competing in only a handful of events,
so Ralph Moody decided to increase his schedule to run for the
title. Since they did not have a short track or dirt car
program the idea faded quickly. Ultimately Fred ran 29 of
the 54 races held that year, and finished 3rd in the standings.
In '62 he finished 7th, and in '64 and '65 (if memory serves) he
finished 13th. Needless to say, had he simply entered ALL the
events those four years he would have won four consecutive
championships!!! Sadly winning championships then did not sell
cars, so Ford had little interest.
Lorenzen's five consecutive victories in 1964
(the streak ended at Charlotte when Fireball was injured) was
banned from the record book by NASCAR, when they unofficially
black balled the sports greatest driver. Records held in that
category are now referred to as "consecutive races won."
Ironically, when Lorenzen won five in a row he did so while
entering ONLY the major events. In those races ALL factory
teams were entered each week. When Petty won ten in a row in
'67, many of his wins were while competing with only 2-3 factory
cars. The convenient wording in the record books (consecutive
wins versus consecutive starts voids the Lorenzen streak)
On a side note, I notice Richard Petty named
David Pearson as the greatest driver he ever competed against.
An interesting quote since he was quoted in dozens of
publications in 1980 calling Fred Lorenzen, Junior Johnson,
Fireball Roberts, Tim Flock, and Jim Paschal the five greatest
drivers who ever lived. I suppose Pearson got really good after
they all retired!
Steve Samples ............................(See more of
(Editor's note: I, too, have read the Petty quotes about who
he considered the greatest drivers and he also used to add in
Pete Hamilton for some strange reason. You are correct, Pearson
wasn't added in only until recently. Pearson did beat Petty's
butt enough times. Look at how many runners-up he had to him!)
Starliner - Early Holman Moody
Fred with buddy Alf
Lorenzen in modern day
Ford. Oh, the memories!
Fred always appreciated the fan's
participation. Here with a great model.
1958 Turf Club 1Mile - USAC Champ
- 58 Ford
Lorenzen and Roz Howard
# 18- Ford -vs Chevy
Fred and his idol,
Fireball, as teammates
With Hollman and
Moody in victory Lane
- Win Indianapolis Raceway Park May '65
Winged Superbird at
Holman-Moody pit crew at
work. Which Track?
Paul Michulsky from
De Pere, Wisconsin answers Which Track:
Roland, it is Indianapolis Raceway Park for the Yankee 300 race
in 1964. It was a race that had both NASCAR and USAC drivers
competing in it. The race was won by Freddy and I was there to
After the race the drivers were standing around talking about
the race and Lorenzen mentioned that late in the race he went
off the course and almost spun out as he meant to push the brake
pedal but pushed the clutch pedal in by mistake. Those days you
could gather around the drivers in the pits after the race, at
least that was the case in USAC.
believe Fireball Roberts was also at that race, and it may have
been one of his last races before his accident at Charlotte.
have been a lifelong fan of Lorenzen's going back to his days in
the Chicago area and saw him race many times.
Thanks for the great website.
Fred with Linda Vaughn at
Indianapolis Speedway Park in 1964
(Note Linda on hood of car IN HIGH HEELS!)
Model by Rupert
Model by Rupert
Junior Johnson (27) and Lorenzen 1965
Model of Starliner
Lorenzen at the old
Bristol Speedway - # 16 Darel Dieringer
2005 Press Pass Legends
(Just a few from my collection)
Press Pass 2006 Cards
Told this picture is of
the '62 World 600.
Can you verify?
The photo is from the '62 World 600 in Charlotte. There was a
rules change that prevented Holman-Moody from running the cars
they prepared for the race. (#28/Lorenzen--#29 Stacy) so they
had to scramble and build two replacement cars the final three
days before the event. (hence Freddie's crazy number 0, which
was a car they were building for somebody else) Stacy won that
event. Lorenzen finished 3rd.
Finishing order of the first West
Virginia 300 NASCAR race:
Fred Lorenzen, Joe Weatherly, Jim Paschal,
Ned Jarrett, Buck Baker, GC Spencer, Nelson Stacy, Curtis Crider,
Marvin Panch, Richard Petty, Bud Harless (Gilbert, WV), Jack
Anderson, Larry Thomas, Jim Pardue, Ren Wickersham, Wendell Scott
and Jack Smith.
Fred's big smile at Richmond
RARE photo - Lorenzen after winning Richmond
Vintage NASCAR Model
from Chuck Poi
Freddie Lorenzen's '62 Ford Starlift
Note From Chuck:
"The new roof line of the '62 Galaxy had all the
aerodynamics of a brick. It pretty much negated any additional speed
the larger 406 engine would have provided. For the Atlanta Dixie
400, Ford engineers and Holman-Moody came up with the idea of
bolting on the '60 Starliner roof on to the Sunliner convertables
that had raced previously that season. There were even 2 street
versions being shown in area Ford dealerships to try to convince
NASCAR that this was an actual option.
NASCAR first said no, then agreed to let the 4
cars that were built compete in the upcoming Atlanta race only.
Lorenzen drove the #28, team mate Nelson Stacy had the yellow #29,
Marvin Panch drove the Wood Bros. #21, and Larry Frank drove the
pale blue #66 Cafe Burgundy entry. Lorenzen won. The car was
disallowed from further competition. Nostalgia Race Models Starlift
1963 FORD GALAXIE
REPLICA STOCK CAR IS FEATURED BELOW (CURRENTLY IN A CONCORD,NC
MUSEUM - REAL CAR ABOVE) THE CAR USED BY THE ATLANTA MOTOR
SPEEDAY FOR THE 1991 MOTORCRAFT 500 RACE PROMOTION AND DRIVEN BY
FRED LORENZEN WHO DROVE THE GOVERNOR OF GEORGIA AROUND THE TRACK.
ALSO FEATURED IN ABC SPORTS REVIEW.
Nascar Adventures Comic Book #1
Collectible Business Card
High Gear Legends Card
Fred at Riverside in 1967
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