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January 11, 2010

The Ugliest Racing Cars Known to Man?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 3:46 am

Racing is a wonderful sport. It really is. Some often tell me Hemingway was quoted as saying something to the effect of “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” Whether he did or not is arguable. What matters is that he was right about the motor racing.

I am also sensitive about calling any race car ugly, particularly after having been subjected to the incessant screeching of cart-centric lunatics about Dallaras, G-Forces, ‘crapwagons’ and worse for fifteen years. Indy Cars have always been sleek and faster than most anything whether they raced under Indy Car or cart or champcar banner. There are even short track open wheel cars that are cool.

But, and forgive me in advance NASCAR fans, those Legend (formerly 600 Racing) cars are the ugliest damned things I have ever seen on a race track. They look like they belong in a cartoon. Don’t get me wrong…they provide some entertaining, close racing and they get cheers. It is relatively inexpensive to take part in and many current stars got their starts there. I even know some folks who race in them. But if you are going to put body work on a race car, why make it so ugly? Those things look like miniature versions of moonshine runners from back in the day. You can make body work quite a bit sexier.

The Legends folks ran a full page ad on the back page of the USA Today Sports section this past weekend basically looking for participants. If that is being positioned as a NASCAR ladder I can almost understand the ugliness, but other than that what is the purpose?

I am not trying to peeve anyone and would genuinely appreciate diverse viewpoints on this topic. I am admittedly biased toward Indy Cars and perhaps this is no big deal, but I really enjoy sexy looking cars. Those things are not close to that.



  1. I think the whole point is that they look like the old “moonshine runners” right? Anyway, I like them–but I’d paint mine black and have a machine gun sticking out the window.

    And they’re not the ugliest cars. The ugliest cars are those short track cars with the ping-pong table looking wings on the roof.

    Comment by redd — January 11, 2010 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  2. You neglected NASCAR base grassroots competition: racin’ lawnmowers are downright fugly. At least thier fans can relate.

    Comment by timnothhelfer — January 11, 2010 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  3. i wished my commints was getting posted. i got a lot too add that is good four the series.


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    Comment by bingO — January 11, 2010 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

  4. I think they’re supposed to look like the cars from the 50’s. Yeah, they’re not the best looking things around. They do some road course club racing as well. I guess the only thing is, with their size, I’m not sure how it wouldn’t look a little cartoony. It’s distinctive, if ugly, and I think that’s the point.

    Comment by Dylan — January 12, 2010 @ 2:24 am | Reply

  5. Don’t all “ugly racecar” discussions begin and end with the Grand Am series?

    Comment by Roger Mashburn — January 12, 2010 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  6. I think I’m in the minority here, but I kind of like them. Form follows function and they ARE real race cars.

    Comment by Chris Lukens — January 12, 2010 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

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