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Dink Widenhouse, 2007 January 25

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Identifier: OH-WI0459

Scope and Contents

Stock car driver and Concord, North Carolina native David "Dink" Widenhouse discusses his racing career from the late 1940s-1960s and his experiences with members of the racing community. Mr. Widenhouse describes how he began racing at the age of fifteen and won his first NASCAR race at the age of eighteen, even though the rules required that drivers be at least twenty-one. He describes how he primarily drove in modified stock car races on dirt tracks in the Charlotte region, including the now-defunct track at the Southern States Fairgrounds and Charlotte Speedway off Wilkinson Boulevard. Other topics include details about racing and the mechanics of race cars, race car accidents, and the connection between the bootleg liquor industry and stock car racing.

Dates

  • 2007 January 25

Conditions Governing Access

30 of 31 oral history interviews are in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Dink Widenhouse was a 75-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at UNC Charlotte J. Murrey Atkins Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Concord, North Carolina in 1932. He graduated from high school and was employed as a race car driver.

Extent

163 Minutes

Language

English

Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Contact:
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 USA