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AUTOGRAPHED & AUTHENTIC Dale Earnhardt #3 GM Goodwrench Plus 1997 Monte Carlo "Crash Car" Hood: Signed By Richard Childress & Larry McReynolds - GoMotorBids.com Item #777355
Year Produced: 1997
Scale or Size: One Size
Production Run: ONE AND ONLY
Product Condition: Race-Used
Package Condition: Not Applicable
Autograph on Product: Yes
This could potentially be the "Holy Grail" of all Dale Earnhardt collectibles. This is the ACTUAL hood from Earnhardt's 1997 Daytona 500 "Crash Car" Monte Carlo, which has been PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED by Richard Childress and (then) crew chief Larry McReynolds.
The story of Earnhardt's 1997 Daytona "Crash Car" is one that truly personifies who Earnhardt was as a person and a racer: tough and determined. He never gave up - no matter how much the deck was stacked against him. After running with the leaders the entire race, Earnhardt had maneuvered his way into second place with only ten laps to go. He was racing hard with Jeff Gordon down the back straightaway when Gordon made a move to pass, taking the air off Earnhardt's spoiler. As he did so, Earnhardt got loose and slightly touched the wall. He quickly tried to recover, but Dale Jarrett had run up on him quickly, leaving no downforce on the #3 Monte Carlo's rear end (a slight tap may have been involved), and Earnhardt went into a slide.
At almost 200 mph the car flipped onto its roof and skidded down the track. Amazingly, after contact with another car then the outside wall, the car somehow wound up on its wheels and slid into the infield. Earnhardt was being escorted to the ambulance when he realized that the car could be restarted.
"I looked back over and said, 'Man, the wheels ain't knocked off the car yet,'" Earnhardt said. "So I went back over and told the guy in the car to fire it up. He hit the switch and it fired. I said, 'Give me my car back!'"
With hundreds of thousands of fans going wild, The Intimidator refused medical attention, climbed back into his wounded race car and went on to finish the race five laps down in 31st place.
This hood was displayed at Richard Childress Racing (RCR) before being purchased by private collector Charles Ross. It includes a Certificate of Authenticity from RCR. You've seen the replay of the Crash Car many times on highlight reels and tribute films and now you have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to add a piece of this car, one of Earnhardt's most legendary machines, to your own collection!
We will also include a copy of the April 2008 issue of NASCAR Illustrated which features a great article on the crash with a photo sequence of the crash itself!
View the above video clip to hear more about the crash car hood from collector Charles Ross
The short video clip above is from YouTube and you can see the actual crash when it happened!
Here's another YouTube clip which shows the CBS post-race interview with Earnhardt where he talks about wanting his car back.
This item is considered to be in race-used condition. This generally means that the item was used in an actual race and shows the effects of it. It may be dirty and damaged, but that's just the way it came from the track. See the large image for more detail.
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