NASCAR legend and ESPN racing analyst Ray Evernham wears many hats today in the automotive and racing industries. The three-time NASCAR championship-winning crew chief is known as an avid classic and race car collector, but Evernham has yet to put his collecting passion, racing expertise, and eye for innovation to use as a car designer, until now.
On Wednesday, from the Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes booth at SEMA Show 2012 in Las Vegas, Evernham unveiled a street-legal 1964 Plymouth Belvedere that combines old school American style with modern NASCAR racing technology. Aptly named "ForPly," the custom car marks Ray Evernham’s debut as a car designer and builder.
“We set out to design the ultimate street machine that takes a vintage American muscle car with great motorsports heritage and brings it into the modern age,” said Evernham. “There is not another one like it in the world. We hope it draws the attention of racing and non-racing enthusiasts, as well as the collector who is looking for that one-of-a-kind vehicle.”
Following SEMA, Evernham will present the ForPly for auction as a featured vehicle at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January 2013. Net proceeds from the sale will go to Evernham Family Racing for a Reason, a foundation that is funding IGNITE, a new program and facility in Davidson, N.C. operated by the Autism Society of North Carolina. IGNITE enables adults with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome to enjoy a better quality of life as valued members of the community in which they live and work.
Housed in the restored body of a near-half-century-old 1964 Plymouth Belvedere – the year, make, and model that won the 1964 Daytona 500 and NASCAR Grand National Championship – the ForPly features a Dodge racing powertrain, plus the driveline of a modern day race car that Evernham’s former team Evernham Motorsports built and raced in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The 2-door, hardtop coupe, blazoned with a distinctive Radiant Red automotive matte finish with Graphite racing stripes, features the popular, slant-back roofline and a Graphite Grey-coloured custom interior with carbon fiber inlay and bucket race seats.