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Video: 1970 Darlington Southern 500

Buddy Baker drives a Daytona to victory


I grew up an hour from a NASCAR racetrack, but I never managed to see a race. Ironically, I ended up owning the pace car from that track, but the planets simply didn’t align for me to attend a Dover Downs event. In fact, I never attended a NASCAR race until last year, 3,000 miles away in Arizona. Nonetheless, old NASCAR footage can be spellbinding — check out this video on the 1970 Darlington Southern 500.

For the geographically challenged, Darlington is located in South Carolina, about an hour away from the capital of Columbia. Darlington Raceway will be celebrating its 74th anniversary later this year. The Southern 500 has been a tradition at this track since the beginning.

This Southern 500 video from 1970 features vivid color and what’s arguably the most romantic period of NASCAR: the “Aero Wars” featuring the Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Road Runner Superbird versus the Ford Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II. Where’s cars from General Motors? Still under a racing ban instituted in 1963.

Buddy Baker, who is from nearby Florence, won this event in a Charger Daytona. In fact, five of the top six finishers were driving one of Chrysler’s wing cars. And the pace car at the track? A 1970 Ford Torino GT similar to this one.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


  1. Really enjoyed the video – back when they weren’t cookie cutter cars like nowadays ( pretty much the same with NHRA’s pro stock cars).


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