|1972 Ford Torino|
Courtesy Russo and Steele
Here’s another race car featured in Russo and Steele’s upcoming Scottsdale auction (January 15-19). This time it’s a Grand National series stock car once owned and prepared by NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Bud Moore. He entered it in a few races in the 1972 season to see how its Ford 351 Cleveland small block motor would perform, and it did manage a 4th place finish at Atlanta in the hands of David Pearson.
For 1973, Moore hired driver Bobby Isaac, the 1970 Grand National World Champion. The car’s best finish for that year was the number two place in the Daytona 500, with Richard Petty taking first. Isaac quit partway through the season after a 21-car pile-up killed Larry Smith during the Talladega 500, and Darrell Waltrip took over. The car was then sold on. It has since been through several hands, been restored, and both shown and vintage raced. Since 2008 it’s had numerous improvements, including a 351 Cleveland V-8, and rebuilt electrical, brake, fuel and cooling systems.
Bud Moore and his son Greg have authenticated the car. Russo and Steele say it’s thought to be “the only remaining Bud Moore Engineering Torino.”