Country music legend Marty Robbins’ race car, the glorious No. 777 yellow and purple Plymouth Belvedere, is set to return to its Nashville roots after being fully restored by NASCAR championship crew chief, team owner, and ESPN analyst Ray Evernham.
The Belvedere’s long-awaited unveiling will take place on Friday, May 31, in downtown Nashville before rubber meets asphalt on Saturday, June 1, at its old stomping grounds –Fairground Speedway Nashville. Robbins raced the Belvedere there in the late 1960s, primarily in the Modified and Sportsman classes.
Marty Robbins competed in a total of 35 NASCAR races with six top 10 finishes, most notably a fifth-place showing at Michigan in the 1974 Motorstate 400. NASCAR honored Robbins in a big way in 1983 by naming the annual race at Nashville the Marty Robbins 420 after Robbins passed away following complications from cardiac surgery in 1982.
It is no secret that Robbins preferred Mopars – after all, he also owned and raced Chargers and a 1978 Dodge Magnum during his career. Ray Evernham has worked on the restoration of the Belvedere with Marty Robbins’ son Marty, as well as Nashville racing historian, Al Jones.
"AmeriCarna”, a television show based on car culture, will feature the Belvedere’s restoration, unveiling, and return to Nashville. Evernham and champion racing team owner and car collector Rick Hendrick will host the show.
Based on the long history of the automotive hobby in America, “AmeriCarna” will feature topics including behind-the-scenes stories of lost race cars, barn finds, speed secrets, Hollywood films, and historic racetracks. The cars and characters that have shaped and preserved this history will all share the spotlight – from the Appalachian Moonshiners who helped build NASCAR, to the West Coast Hot Rodders and Woody Wagon surfers that defined California Cool.
The anxiously-awaited show will premiere on Velocity Network on January 28, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. ET. For more information on the show and Ray Evernham, visit www.RayEvernham.com and follow him on twitter @RayEvernham.