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    340challconvert Well-Known Member

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    Some members may know about this unique individual who raced a 69 Daytona on the streets of LA back in the day. He used racing as a form of Peace in bringing people of all backgrounds and persuasions together.
    LA Times is publishing a number of articles and podcasts on Big Willie, whose car was know as "King Daytona"

    From the article;
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    Big Willie believed in the magic of fast cars — like his 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, which he dubbed the King Daytona. He liked to say he used wheels to unite people of all backgrounds, some of whom might otherwise be enemies.

    Big Willie Robinson becomes larger than life

    and https://content.production.cdn.art1...70ce91d7/Big Willie_EP1_Master_2019_07_03.mp3

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    "Run What Ya Brung"

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    What a great story, only in America!
     
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    Big Willie was a Vietnam Vet (special ops) and return home wounded. The man was 6ft 6.
    I listened to the LA Times first pod cast. Pretty good stuff about the story for a man who became an American racing legend.
    Early on he became connected to Otis Chandler.
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    One of the nicest guys you would ever meet.Lucky for me I had the chance to meet and hang out with him for awhile.He passed about a year later.At the time he stated that he was in talks about doing a movie of his life.
     
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    The movie could still happen...
     
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    I always remember this ad in the car mags back in the day.
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    The American Racing is made in china now. That's just as sad as Big Willie's passing away....
     
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    Loved it! Thanks for sharing.
     
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