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  1. Alan Wrench By Joe Ewert
  2. Racing Wisconsin.Com Tom Wagner "Remembering Alan Kulwicki"
  3. Nascar.com April 1, 2003 "A decade later, Kulwicki's crew races on"
  4. NASCAR.com - Underbird serves as rolling memorial - April 1, 2003
  5. "UNDERBIRD" Takes Flight to New Nest

"Just in time for the 10th Anniversary tributes to Winston Cup racing champion Alan Kulwicki, Larry and Pam Bean have moved their famous Thunderbird race car to the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame Museum in Mooresville, NC.

Named the "UNDERBIRD" by Alan Kulwicki, this 1992 Winston Cup Hooter's race car, which he drove in the Hooter's 500 in Atlanta to win the 1992 Winston Cup Championship title, had been meticulously restored by Larry Bean to that race. Fans will find this car is the real thing… and a fitting tribute to Alan Kulwicki's legacy as a true racing champion.

The UNDERBIRD's "new nest" is a wonderful museum filled with cars from racing's past, and memories of great drivers and racing teams. We are proud to have the UNDERBIRD on display for racing fans to admire, and remember Alan Kulwicki. Visit the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame Museum, and enjoy the racing history! "

UPDATE: Contrary to some reports the #7 Underbird will NOT be at the track or do the victory lap, the car that will do the Polish victory lap is a 2nd #11 Hooters Memorial Ford [2003 model, not 1992]. Kulwicki's real race car sits at Larry and Pam Bean's home in Daytona, staged for transport to a new display at the North Carloina Auto Racing Hall of Fame in Mooresville, NC [Jayski was there in Dec 2002, what a great place] and the Bean's were not invited to participate in the Bristol ceremonies.(3-23-2003)





  1. NASCAR.com - Stories provide glimpse of Kulwicki's character - April 1, 2003
  2. NASCAR.com - ALAN KULWICKI: 10 YEARS LATER
  3. Frontstretch.com, "Fitting Tribute to Alan Kulwicki on April 2, 2003
  4. Frontstretch.com: AK Fans Honor Their Hero “Their Way” April 3, 2003
  5. NASCAR.com - Shop remains a reminder of Kulwicki Racing - April 1, 2003
  6. InsiderRacingNews.com March 30, 2003 "Alan Kulwicki Always a Champion"
  7. NashvilleCityPaper.com March 31,2003 "Kulwicki's death still on minds at Bristol
  8. Orlando Sentinel, March 30,2003 "Kulwicki's Legacy Continues Across NASCAR Nation"
  9. SpeedwayMedia.com, In Memory of Alan--Ten Years Gone (Revisited)
  10. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel March 27, 2003 "Ten years later, memories of Briston still sting
  11. Racing News Online, March 25, 2003 "Alan Kulwicki: His Way"
  12. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 15, 2002 "Wheels of Fortune"
  13. Johnson City Press March 22, 2003 "Kulwicki's Bright Star Faded Far Too Fast"
  14. Daytona Beach News Journal, November 8, 2002 "Kulwicki's "UNDERBIRD" is Just the Way it Was"
  15. Daytona Beach News Journal, November 8, 2002 "Photofinish": Tightest Cup Battle was also Most Memorable"
  16. Race-fans.net April 2, 2002 "Remembering Alan Kulwicki
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