The other day, we were talking to Boyd Coddington about how manufactured and groomed racing drivers are these days. Somewhat ironic, considering that Boyd is nearly single-handedly responsible for the saniztized hot rod trend over the last two decades. Nevertheless, when it comes to two-fisters (and yes, we may have to place a moratorium on that phrase), Barney Oldfield may be the alpha motherfucker of the auto industry. Having started off racing bicycles, Oldfield transitioned to motorized cycles, and then cars at the behest of one Henry Ford. He match raced. He ran Indy. He set records. And fer chrissakes, dude's name was Barney. And well, you can't not love that. Besides, if you don't know who he is, you're a suck.
Barney Oldfield [Wikipedia]
Harry Miller, Racing Visionary [Internal]