Such were the bootlegger roots of the stock car, and what would evolve into the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, or NASCAR, in 1947. … Booze runners looked for good mechanics who knew how to make their engines run faster and handle better than police vehicles.
Why was running moonshine the beginning of Nascar?
Eventually, local fairgrounds saw a profit to be made and began inviting bootleggers to race their modified “stock” cars for prize money, selling tickets to fairground visitors to watch these cars race — and so began the rise of stock car racing.
What got its start from running moonshine?
During the 1930s, moonshiners began to race their whiskey cars at local fairgrounds and racetracks, where they discovered that people—sometimes tens of thousands of them—were willing to pay to watch them showcase their driving skills. It wasn’t just the drivers who had moonshine in their blood.
What were moonshine runners called?
Once the liquor was distilled, drivers called “runners” or “bootleggers” smuggled moonshine and “bootleg” (illegally imported) liquor across the region in cars specially modified for speed and load-carrying capacity.
Why did they ban alcohol?
National prohibition of alcohol (1920–33) — the “noble experiment” — was undertaken to reduce crime and corruption, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America.
When did people stop running moonshine?
In 1933 Prohibition had finally come to an end, but this only slightly slowed down the demand for Moonshine. The tax free, cheap price and high alcohol content of moonshine kept it in high demand throughout the Southern U.S. and major cities all over the US.
What proof is moonshine?
In the United States alcohol proof is twice the percentage of alcohol by volume. This means your average bottle of 40% ABV moonshine will be 80 proof.