The Magic of a Lef T
In all forms of motorsports there
are but a few cars’ numbers that
are forever linked to a particular
driver. Indy Car has A.J. Foyt ( 14).
In NHRA circles it’s the Funny
Cars of Don Prudhomme (714)
and Tom McEwen (713). And
in NASCAR its Dale Earnhardt
( 3) and Richard Petty ( 43). Of
all these iconic drivers, only
Petty has his own paint color.
The signature Petty Blue has
been a part of stock car racing
since the 1950s. In 1968, the
Petty team added a large dose
of white to the super speedway
car. Auto World’s version
offers this visually stunning
combination with an excellent
finish and it delivers a pleasing
result. The transition lines are
near flawless and the numbers
and sponsor decals are spot-on.
The rear panel has blocked-out
taillights and is anchored by a
factory chrome-plated bumper.
A molded front grille does not
feature open slots (bummer)
and three of the headlights are
in place with the fourth blacked-
out (as it was in ’68). The running
lights are still in place within the
front chrome bumper — oddly,
this is how the car was equipped
for the big track races. The door
handle and lock are present on
the 1: 18 version but were not
part of the car when running at
Daytona, Talladega, Atlanta, or
Darlington. Also added were the
windshield and rear glass straps.
However, these are painted on
rather than actual trim pieces.
The fit of the body panels is as
tight as it gets – mainly because
the doors and trunk do not open.
The hood, minus the hood pins
(double bummer), does open
with a very solid fit and feel.
heMi under The hood
Fishhook hinges lift and hold the
classic Road Runner hood steady.
When up, it exposes the race-
ready 426 Hemi engine. The detail
here is modest but shouldn’t
draw away from the essence of
the power source. Nice touches
are the aluminum-colored intake
manifold, special carburetor
cover/air cleaner, wrinkle-finish
value covers, and red sparkplug
wires. There are proper engine
appendages such as a silver-
To this day, the “King” of naScar is
the most loved and respected per-
sonality the sport has ever produced.
at age 77,he is still running strong
attended many races and attending to
his numerous charities.