49 - Johnny Baker - Jackson, MS

Modified - Jackson Sports Arena - 1962

While Johnny Baker was known mostly in the early 1960’s for his Jalopies, there was a short period of time I think that he had this modified. I remember the car being purple with his familiar 49 on the side. I overheard a conversation with him during a Saturday night race, that he had to put in a new rear end in his jalopy and the 25 dollar paycheck that he received for that night’s racing would not nearly cover that. The car did not make many appearances before it disappeared.

Willard Chatham

This picture was taken at Jackson Sports Arena in 1962. Picture donated by Bill Steadman. Special thanks to Willard Chatham for identifying this picture from the "Who is This" section.