DARTMOUTH, NS – Management for Heart of a Champion (HOAC) is pleased to announce they have acquired an Open Wheel Tour-Type Modified vintage race car. It joins the 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle vintage stock show car which the group restored last year.
The ‘new’ car, a 1979 Ford Pinto, boasts a significant lineage including a win in a 1980s NASCAR modified 100-lap event at Westboro Speedway (MA). The car was driven originally by Roland Lapierre Jr. as #134, then with a Chevy Vega body. It was eventually sold and the number changed to ‘U2’ and, for a short time, ‘U25’, and raced by Joe Howard at Stafford and Thompson Speedways.
In the early 2000s, the car was sold again (for $200) to Randy Hall who restored it to its ‘U2’ condition and then raced it with vintage series around New England.
HOAC will eventually change the car number back to its original #134 and then race it, but before then will go over the car completely to document its current condition.
Besides racing the car, HOAC will show it at events throughout the Maritimes as part of the organization’s commitment to help preserve motorsports history.