Several Great Racers were seen in Daytona this week and last for the annual Speed Week celebration, including Steven Tourje,Bill Josler, Buddy Green, Bill Green and Humpy Wheeler.
And a couple of them – Buddy Green and Humpy Wheeler – were there to participate in the “Historic Racing Legends Beach/Road Course Parade” on the sand where the Daytona Beach race was held until 1958.
Buddy took his 1957 Ford “Fireball” Roberts convertible and Humpy took his early ‘30s Ford dirt track racer. They got to drive on the beach and visit with former racing greats who raced on the beach between 1948 and 1958. Former NASCAR greats like Leonard Wood and Brownie King were there, and they both even took the time to sign the trunk lid of Buddy’s car.
Humpy said, “Going down that backstretch really brought memories back of Banjo Matthews, Curtis Turner, Cotton Owens and the great modified racers.”