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How Moonshine Led to a Car Lovers’ Favorite Southern Past Time…NASCAR!

How Moonshine Led to a Car Lovers’ Favorite Southern Past Time…NASCAR!

How Moonshine Led to a Car Lovers’ Favorite Southern Past Time…NASCAR! What historical domino effect led to one of our favorite southern past times? Believe it or not, it wasn’t the need for speed - but moonshine - that fueled the growth of stock car racing.  How, you might ask?    As officials began to impose taxes on liquor sales farmers and immigrants throughout the south began production distilling their own batches to sell to counteract the effects of extreme poverty in the region.   With the introduction of Prohibition in 1920, moonshine production skyrocketed which created a thriving black market business. Distribution of the product became a dangerous game. Bootleggers began to “soup-up” automobiles to stay ahead of federal agents and local police.    The idea was simple: take a car that looks stock or ordinary to avoid suspicion but modify the engine for greater speed and power. Bootleggers woul ... read more