Motor sports enthusiasts restore race car

Two generations working together to continue a legacy

Motor sports enthusiasts restore race car

FAIRMONT, Minn. (KEYC) — There was a lot of hard work and love needed to bring this race car back to life.

No. 76 was the car number Kenny Peterson raced in back in the 1970s, so it was only fitting to name his mission to restore the vintage car ‘Project 76.'

Peterson, his grandson, Ben Peterson, and his close friend Jason Subbert started restoring the 1979-80 race car last year.

Within the Peterson family, there have been generations of race car drivers, starting with Kenny.

“Well, more than 25 years of racing, then my son Doug took over in 24 years. Then we had a layoff in between and now, I think, this is Benjamin’s eighth year,” Peterson said.

This restoration process wasn't as easy as a lot of community members thought it would be.

We are way overdue for a post about the Project 76 car. Lots has been done and we have officially got it running and it sounds great. Got to love a race car on alcohol! We have some work to do on the brakes and the rear decking and it will be ready for the State Banks race car show and pork patty feed this Friday at noon! Hope to see you then.

Posted by Project 76 on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

“It was rough, and a year later we have it done and on display. You know, this car has been waiting 42 years to race,” Subbert said.

Peterson says it was a labor of love and meant a great deal to his family.

“To have somebody that wanted to do something that my grandpa did 40 years ago is kind of special, I guess. To recreate something, and to actually have it as one of the three cars that grandpa built, and a couple of other guys built, makes it that much more special to me,” Ben Peterson explained.

The next step for this race car is to hit the mud at the Fairmont Race Track, and then spend the winters in the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum in Algona, Iowa.

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