Wood Brothers Museum

Entrance to the Wood Brothers' Museum in Stuart VA.

Entrance to the Wood Brothers’ Museum in Stuart VA.

We have met the Wood Brothers along with their sons at different events over the years but have never had the pleasure of actually visiting their Museum in Stuart VA. It was always on the must do list but we were never in the the right spot at the right time. That all changed recently when Katrina and I took off for a long weekend and managed to take in the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Wood Brothers Museum on the same trip. We will tell you about the Hall of Fame at another time but today, the best part of the trip; the Wood Brothers’ Museum.

Glen Wood built lawn mower!

Glen Wood built lawn mower!

It is not an extremely large building but it is crammed full of really neat stuff. We spent over two hours there but that is only because we had to get back home the same day. If you want to really look in detail at all that is there give yourself an entire day! We will be back for sure. Oh, and don’t worry about having the price of admission; it’s FREE! However, if you want to purchase a T-shirt or other memorabilia make sure you have cash or a check book, they do not take credit cards.

Here are some highlights of our visit.

Glen Wood built lawn mower.

Glen Wood built lawn mower.

 

One of the first things you seen when you enter the Museum is a Lawn Mower built by Glen Wood. Inside is this second grass cutter that has the quality of any NASCAR race car and is adorned with Ford Blue Ovals! It is four wheel drive and was afraid to ask what top speed might be. It is a work of art.

Small part of treasures to be found on the walls of the Museum.

Small part of treasures to be found on the walls of the Museum.

 

Current Wood Brothers' #21 race car for Trevor Bayne.

Current Wood Brothers’ #21 race car for Trevor Bayne.

This is not the Daytona 500 winning car. It can be found on display at the Henry Ford Museum.

Daytona 500 Trophy

Daytona 500 Trophy

Ever seen a Daytona 500 winning trophy in person? Here is your chance. Many other major trophies are also on display everywhere you look.

This is a Tiny Lund Trophy.

This is a Tiny Lund Trophy.

 

More memorabilia on the Museum walls.

More memorabilia on the Museum walls.

Historical #21 door panels with autographs. These are truly priceless to any NASCAR fan!

Historical #21 door panels with autographs. These are truly priceless to any NASCAR fan!

Early Glen Wood (as driver) race car.

Early Glen Wood (as driver) race car.

The car is terrific but don’t over look some of the photos on the back wall!

Early Pit Boards, we wanted the "Pit 21" board very badly, luckily it was too high to reach.

Early Pit Boards, we wanted the “Pit 21” board very badly, luckily it was too high to reach.

Neil Bonnett, enough said.

Neil Bonnett, enough said.

One of my all time favorite drivers on the NASCAR circuit was Neil Bonnett, this is his Wood Brothers' car.

One of my all time favorite drivers on the NASCAR circuit was Neil Bonnett, this is his Wood Brothers’ car.

I had the opportunity to meet and shake hands with Neil at Riverside Raceway in CA back in the mid 1980s and it was one of the thrills of my life. I also have an autographed hat he gave me that is one of my most prized possessions.

A real Cale Yarborough Spoiler/Spoiler II trunk lid from his race car.

A real Cale Yarborough Spoiler/Spoiler II trunk lid from his race car.

 

No cheating, don’t look at the writing in the photo, who are the two people in the picture above the #21 trunk lid? The answer is at the bottom of this page.

This is the famous (recreation) car that Tiny Lund drove to his 500 win. Note the duct tape with his name on it. Marvin Panch was the scheduled driver and his name was still on the passenger door.

This is the famous (recreation) car that Tiny Lund drove to his 500 win. Note the duct tape with his name on it. Marvin Panch was the scheduled driver and his name was still on the passenger door.

Prior to the running of the 1963 Daytona 500 Marvin Panch was asked to set a speed record driving a specially built high powered sports car. On February 14, 1963, Marvin Panch flipped this Ford powered Maserati and it caught fire. He was trapped under the car. Tiny Lund and 4 others beat the rescue crew to the burning car and turned it upright and got Marvin Panch out. Burned but alive, Panch wanted to thank is rescuers. He was to drive the Wood Brothers #21 Ford in the 500. Since he was unable to drive, he asked the Wood Brothers to let Tiny Lund drive his car. They agreed and Tiny won the 500!

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Marvin Panch, Tiny saved his life and was rewarded with a ride in Marvin's Wood Brothers car and a Daytona 500 win.

Marvin Panch, Tiny saved his life and was rewarded with a ride in Marvin’s Wood Brothers car and a Daytona 500 win.

 

How many of these drivers can you recognize?

How many of these drivers can you recognize?

 

ANSWER to the question of the photo above the trunk lid: Dan Gurney and Leonard Wood at Riverside Raceway. Dan drove the #121 at Riverside numerous times and always won. It is the only NASCAR races he ever ran.

 

Wood Brothers Racing
Wood Brothers Racing was formed in 1950 in Stuart, Va., by Hall of Famer Glen Wood.  Wood Brothers Racing is the oldest active team and one of the winningest teams in NASCAR history. Since its founding, the team won 98 races (including at least one race in every decade for the last seven decades) and 117 poles in NASCAR’s top-tier series. Fielding only Ford products for its entire history, the Wood Brothers own the longest association of any motorsports team with a single manufacturer. Glen’s brother, Leonard, is known for inventing the modern pit stop.  The team currently runs the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Trevor Bayne in the famous number 21 race car.

 

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About the Author: Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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