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The Ultimate Whiskey Car Quiz
by Staff
While you may know that NASCAR has its roots in bootlegging, the true history of whiskey cars weaves together strands from history, economics, culture and technology. It's a lot more than just souped up motors and mason jars of moonshine. Test your knowledge of how whiskey cars worked.

Unlike a whiskey car, we're going to start slowly. What region of the country is most associated with whiskey cars?

  • The southwest
  • The south
  • The Detroit area

What historical and economic factors led to the rise of bootlegging across the south?

  • Prohibition, dry towns and counties, the Great Depression
  • The federal income tax and low gas prices
  • Prohibition and World War II

Even when prohibition ended and alcohol sales were legal, what crime were many bootleggers guilty of?

  • Selling alcohol to minors
  • Violating prohibition
  • Tax evasion

What did many whiskey car drivers and bootleggers call federal agents?

  • Pigs
  • Narcs
  • Revenuers

Many whiskey car drivers were as young as 14. How did kids that young know how to handle a car?

  • Farm work prepared them for driving
  • The driving age wasn't raised to 16 until 1965
  • From watching movies

What was one of the favored models for whiskey cars?

  • A Cadillac ambulance
  • A Packard
  • A Ford Coupe

What kind of engine did bootleggers like to put in their cars?

  • A Cadillac ambulance engine
  • A Chevrolet 350 engine
  • A Dodge HEMI engine

How did whiskey car owners and drivers get more power from their cars?

  • Nitrous
  • Superchargers, boring and stroking
  • High-octane fuel

How did whiskey car drivers modify their cars so cops they passed wouldn't know they were carrying a load of moonshine?

  • Upgraded shocks
  • All-terrain tires
  • Extra brake lights

What whiskey car modification could trick a revenuer chasing a bootlegger into taking a turn too fast and losing control?

  • Bigger shocks
  • A supercharged engine
  • Disconnected brake lights

What was one of the main advantages whiskey car drivers had over the revenuers who chased them?

  • They knew the local roads
  • They didn't have to obey the speed limit
  • They were carrying heavy loads

What's a bootlegger's turn?

  • When it's that driver's week to make deliveries
  • A tight turn that heads the car in the opposite direction
  • Turning into the bushes and hiding

If a bootlegger got pulled over, how did he hide his cargo if the police searched his car?

  • By dumping it while being chased
  • Hidden compartments and fake panels
  • By carrying it in Coke bottles

How did Junior Johnson deal with road blocks?

  • He used lights and sirens
  • He avoided them by cutting across farms and fields
  • He'd jump them, like in "The Dukes of Hazzard"

What global event contributed to the end of the golden age of whiskey cars?

  • The end of prohibition
  • The sinking of the Lusitania
  • World War II

Why were small southern towns the first hotbeds of car racing?

  • They had few other entertainment options, plenty of space, lots of fast cars and drivers
  • That's how NSACAR planned it
  • Because people enjoyed seeing the same cars they drove being raced

Where and when was NASCAR formally organized?

  • Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1948
  • Atlanta, Ga., in 1946
  • Montgomery, Ala., in 1952

What didn't many whiskey car drivers like about NASCAR racing?

  • Race cars could be slower than whiskey cars
  • Drinking was not allowed
  • Racing on an oval track instead of the road

Why did NASCAR organizers want their race cars to be close to stock?

  • It was cheaper
  • The car companies like it that way
  • To build a fan base on brand loyalty

What other popular sport developed largely from a criminal activity?

  • Football
  • Baseball
  • None