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Rebuilt: NASCAR’s first championship car, Red Vogt’s 1939 Ford V8 coupe

Justice Brothers recall their family heritage as stock car sponsor


The Justice Brothers were the first sponsors of a NASCAR team and obviously knew how to pick the winners. Their team won the first year of the NASCAR race series with Red Byron driving a 1939 Ford V8 Coupe tuned by Red Vogt and owned by Raymond Parks.  

In this video, Ed Justice Jr. relives the memories of his father and uncles through the first NASCAR champion to their days working with Frank Kurtis at Kurtis Kraft.

The Ford flat-head V8 put out a measly 85 horsepower but it was enough to win. As Ed Justice Jr., notes, the biggest advancement wasn’t in the engine but was the inclusion of hydraulic brakes. 

“You get going fast you want to stop fast,” he says.


Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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