Engine Bay Photo-Ford-'Bud Moore/Bobby Isaac' Torino

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1972 Ford 'Bud Moore/Bobby Isaac' Torino Grand National Race Car

Scottsdale 2011
Consignment # 9182

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Bud Moore Torino Racing Results.pdf

Bud Moore Torino Specs.docx

Bud 'The Wizard' Moore developed and perfected the small block Ford powerplant with great success during his involvement with the Trans-Am series from 1969 to 1971. As a result, Parnelli Jones won the 1970 Trans-Am Championship in a Bud Moore-prepared Boss 302 Mustang, widely considered the most competitive race series ever. During the early part of 1972, Bud Moore went on to introduce the Ford 351 Cleveland small block motor to the Grand National (now NASCAR) series as he entered his Ford Torino in 9 races, the best finish being 4th at Atlanta with David Pearson driving. This 1972 season was Moore's effort to put some research and development out on track with plans of putting on a full assault during 1973.

In 1973, Bud Moore Engineering picked up Sta-Power as a major sponsor and hired 1970 Grand National World Champion Bobby Isaac to drive for the team on a full-time basis. Isaac’s first race was at Riverside but engine trouble ended his day after 61 laps. Next up was the Daytona 500, where Isaac finished 2nd behind Richard Petty and he would go on to add 5 top-5 and 6 top-10 finishes until the infamous Talladega 500. That year, a tremendous 21-car accident midway through the race took the life of driver Larry Smith; a few laps later, Isaac pulled into the pit and informed Bud that he was retiring from racing and left the track. Darrell Waltrip was hired to drive the remainder of the 1973 season, with his best finish being 8th at Darlington. Isaac did return to race again in 1974 but with limited success; he retired in 1976 and passed away in 1977. Darrell Waltrip went on to have a long and successful race career and Bud Moore is a recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee.

Featured here is the original Super Speedway car that was used in 1972 and 1973. Authenticated by Bud Moore and his son Greg, it is believed to be the only remaining Bud Moore Engineering Torino. After the 1973 season, Bud Moore sold this car to D & M Engineering in Florida, who then sold it to Ron Spohn of Monroe NC. Ron used the car in a couple local ARCA races then put it away in his shop. In 1986, Bill Bradford of Huntsville, NC bought it with the help of his friend and former Bud Moore Engineering engine builder Jerry Mason who would continue to keep an eye on the car over the years. Bill later commissioned Kim Haynes of RACEtorations in Gastonia, NC for a complete restoration; the rebuilt #15 Torino was unveiled at SAAC-23 at Lowes Motor Speedway and also used in a Sunoco TV commercial.

In 1990, #15 was put on display in the North Carolina Motorsports Museum until purchased by the current owner during 2008, who intended to vintage race with the Historic Grand National group. The car arrived prior to any on-track appearances at Ford/Historic Grand National expert Craig Conley's shop for a full race prep including a fresh (one event) 351 Cleveland V-8 engine that put 475 brake horsepower and 440 foot-pounds of torque down on the dyno. In addition to a general mechanical and safety sorting-out, the car also received a new top-loader 4-speed as well as all fuel, cooling, electrical and braking systems rebuilt to full race specs.

Since that time, #15 has competed in two Wine Country Classic events, was shown at "The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering" in 2009 and the 2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. She is ready for the next owner to race in one of the best groups in vintage racing as well as tour the show circuit. To that end, it also conveys with historical memorabilia including Bobby Isaac’s race helmet.