This car was built in 1974 by Don Maxwell for “Speedy” Bill Smith. It only raced one time during that season and was wrecked in its first race by Bob Moore.
In 1975, Ray Lee Goodwin was hired to pilot the machine and won several features throughout the Midwest before crashing at Knoxville, IA, midway through the year.
Goodwin suffered an eye injury which ended his driving career in that crash. Smith hired Jan Opperman to take over driving duties and they did very well together. Bill’s biggest win of his career came on May 1, 1976 when Opperman steered the car to win the Nationally televised, Tony Hulman Classic over a stellar field.
Other drivers who sat in this famous car were, Lloyd Beckman, Bubby Jones, Joe Saldana, Ron Shuman and Doug Wolfgang.