For those of you who don’t know who Big Willie Robinson was, let me give you a quick introduction. Big Willie was a SoCal street racer and Vietnam Veteran with the Army Special Forces who, in the late 1960’s formed the Brotherhood of Street Racers. This was an organization that catered to all forms of gearheads and it mattered not what color you were or what car you drove. Willie was the Brotherhood’s president and was known for running a wicked 1969 Dodge Daytona.
During the 1960s in California, events like the Watts Riots had politicians and lawmakers searching for answers as to how to keep their streets safe and Big Willie Robinson was one of the people they turned to. Willie reasoned that one way to get people off the streets and into a controlled environment was to build a local drag strip so that young men and women would have a place to go. This would not only help to take racing off the streets but it would create a community for like minded racers. Due to his efforts the city donated a strip of land on Terminal Island so that a drag strip could be constructed. From the 1970’s until the late 1990’s Brotherhood Raceway Park ran events that helped keep kids off the streets and on the straight and narrow.
Up for auction here is a 1969 Dodge Daytona that was owned by Big Willie Robinson and one of the cars that help promote “Peace Through Racing”. This car is a true piece of racing history and is something that any collector would be proud to own.
Check out the eBay auction here.