Marty Little recently had a chance to ask Herb Tillman about the history behind the "Sweet 16" he drove in the early 60's. Marty's comments confirming another part of race history are below. A photo of Herb's #16 is in the Rambi Photo area, and one of Bobby's #312 is in the Classic Photo area.
I spoke with Herb tonight and with things calmed
down had a chance to ask
about your sedan question. Guess
Here's the story. Herb and car owner Joe
had found a 1936 Chevy
coupe they were going to build to go north with
and run NASCAR. Bobby had the
Chevy sedan he'd run during the 1959-60 seasons
think) and wanted a coupe
because it was a bit lighter. Herb and Bobby
traded cars (and probably some
cash too) as both Herb and Joe worked
construction and it would shorten the
needed to get a car ready to go racing. One
unique feature that the car had
was quarter eliptic rear springs which Bobby
always had success with over
time with many cars.
Herb didn't really have any great memory of the
Rambi run but his over
recall is very good and he just turned 76 on
So, another piece of history confirmed.