In 1967, Richard Petty won 27 of the 48 races he entered, including an astounding 10 in a row. Here’s a rare look behind the scenes at the Petty home and shop in that magic NASCAR season.
If you’re a fan of Richard Petty and early NASCAR history, this little film clip will be pure gold. In 1967, Petty and crew won an astonishing 27 of the 48 races they entered, including 10 in a row in a historic run from August through October. This four-minute film segment goes behind the scenes at the Petty home and shop, providing some valuable insights into the racer who was already being compared to Babe Ruth. A few of the priceless film moments:
+ Richard at the kitchen table with his family, wife Linda and three of their four children, including race driver and commentator son Kyle, a first or second-grader here. Linda Petty passed away in 2014.
+ Richard and his father and fellow hall-of-famer Lee Petty sharing the victory stage with Winkie Louise, here reigning as Miss Pure Firebird Gasoline. Winkie (real name Edwina) may not be as well known to the general public as race queen Linda Vaughn, but she is equally beloved in NASCAR lore.
+ A look inside the Petty Engineering race shop in Level Cross, North Carolina, where we see Maurice Petty, Richard’s younger brother by two years, tuning up a distributor on a bench machine. In those days, Maurice was considered one of the top Mopar Hemi engine builders in the biz.
In his 35-year career, Richard Petty collected 200 NASCAR victories and seven championships, a total record that can never be equaled. The 1967 season, in which Petty earned his second NASCAR title, is certainly among the greatest moments. Video below.