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HOW IT ALL BEGAN

It all started with one man, Mr Frank Pringle, who spotted a 1956 Chevy Belair stacked five cars high in an Oklahoma state junk yard. He purchased the automobile and towed her back to Mount Vernon, New York in 1980. The automobile was nothing but a shell. It had no engine, transmission or much of anything else.

Frank's friends and neighbors laughed and shook their heads in disbelief. He had to endure comments like: "Hey man, what you gonna do with that piece ...of junk?!" and "Frank, looks like your car lost a little weight!" But Frank just ignored them because he was determined to get his classic automobile back on the road.

Frank worked long and hard on his car for many months. After about a year of working on his labor of love, he was finally ready to show her to the world. So, the first thing he did was to take his newly rebuilt automobile for a slow ride around his South 6th Avenue neighborhood. His friends & neighbors could not believe their eyes.

They all gathered around him pointing and scratching their heads in disbelief. Frank could hear the whispers of the gathering crowd: "That's not the same piece of junk he brought back to New York...is it?" "Naw man it can't be?! That car is too pretty!" Then one of his neighbors got the courage to step through the crowd to reached out and shake Mr Pringle's hand. "Frank my man, how can I get my hands on one of those?" Frank just replied with a smile. And with that hand shake of approval, the Mount Vernon Classic Car Club of New York was born

1926 Ford Hotrod

1956 Chevy BelAir

 

Mount Vernon Classic Car Club Salutes Wendell Scott

 CONGRATULATIONS
to Wendell Scott for being inducted into the 
NASCAR Hall Of Fame
Class of 2015 

Wendell Scott was the first African American to win a NASCAR race. He won on December 1, 1963 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville Florida, a one-mile dirt track. Scott beat Buck Baker to become the only African American to win on NASCAR's highest level.

Initially, NASCAR officials refused to wave the checkered flag or acknowledge Scott as the winner. They were afraid of how the southern crowd would react to Wendell winning the race. Instead, they awarded the winner's purse and trophy to second place runner up, Buck Baker. After Scott and his team protested NASCAR officials finally conceded and declared Scott the winner. But this was done after the crowds and other race car drivers were long gone. Scott got the winner's purse but never received his trophy nor did he get to hear his name announced in the winner's circle.

Wendell did not let the Jacksonville incident, people telling him he can't do something or prejudice attitudes of many at the local race tracks stop him. He continued to compete and push his race cars to it's limits. He gave those good old boys as much as they could handle. As word of his racing success spread, Scott gained fans who would yell from the crowd "Give Em Hell Wendell!". So with that, the Mount Vernon Classic Club salutes Mr. Wendell Scott and wave the checkered flag for a true American Hero.

THE GREATEST

Charlie Wiggins an African American pioneer on the racetrack, Wiggins fought segregation in the sport in the early 1900s. Repeatedly denied from the Indianapolis 500, Wiggins and other colored drivers formed their own racing association and competed among themselves.

Dubbed “The Negro Speed King,” Charlie won three of the first six races of the Gold & Glory Sweepstakes, an annual 100-mile speed ...race for African American driver.

A skilled mechanic, Wiggins was asked by “Wild Bill” Cummings, a top AAA competitor, to serve in his pit crew for the Indianapolis 500. Due to the Raceway’s strict rules of segregation, he was officially hired as a janitor, while secretly tuning up Cummings’ car for the race, which he won.

During the 1936 Gold & Glory Sweepstakes, Charlie was involved in a 13-car wreck that resulted in his right leg being amputated—abruptly ending his racing career, as well as the future of the all-African American event, which lost its biggest star.

Despite his injury Wiggins continued to fight the segregationist practices of the American Automobile Association while also training young African American mechanics until his death in 1979 at the age of 82.

Charlie Wiggins An American Pioneer On The Racetrack