18 February 2008

NASCAR & Moonshine



Fellow CW blogger Eric Wittenberg doesn't understand NASCAR. Before you can understand NASCAR, you have to understand the history of moonshine and its historic connection to NASCAR and Southern culture. Watch this History Channel video clip about this connection and ye shall be enlightened. As one commentator states, "One sure way to get a hillbilly to do something is to tell him not to do it." (Especially if it's the federal government telling us.) Sorry, it's in our genes. We can't help it.

Much of that romanticism and bravado remains, though even a lot of modern fans don't fully understand why either. But most Southern fans do understand because many of our fathers and grandfathers are still around to remind us.

PS: No, I'm not a fan of NASCAR and, like Eric, find it boring. I do find its history fascinating though. That being said, until you've seen a REAL race on an oval dirt track with cars good ole boys have built in their garages at night and on weekends, you haven't seen a race. Modern NASCAR has become yuppiefied.

3 comments:

Lawrence Underwood said...

Yup!

I remember many nights growing up at the dirt track. Some of those cars, quite a few, had another job during the week!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

You're right! My brother and I preferred to do our racing on the county backroads, but that's another story. :)

Lawrence Underwood said...

Heh, heh, we've got more in common than I thought. . .