1979 Pinto

1979 PINTO

Open Wheel Tour-Type Modified Vintage Race Car

In 2018 we added this vintage Tour-Type Modified race car to our collection. A 1979 Ford Pinto, the car boasts a significant lineage including a win in a 1980s NASCAR modified 100-lap event at Westboro Speedway (MA). It 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, Kevin Brown found the car in the woods of Munroe, CT and sold it to Randy Hall (for $200). Hall restored the car to its ‘U2’ condition and then raced it with vintage series around New England. Once acquired by HOAC, the car was rebuilt and the number changed back to its original #134 as a tribute to Roland Lapierre, Jr. The car will compete in our Hot Rod Classics Vintage Race Car Series.

  • 1978 RGM 2″ x 4″ square, tube chassis
  • 1979 Ford Pinto body
  • Built 355 CID engine with 4 bbl Holly carb
  • 4-speed transmission
  • Original Franklin quick change rear end with drum brakes
  • 22 gallon fuel cell
  • 15″ racing slicks