When Geoff Bodine started driving Dick Armstrong’s #1s, it marked the beginning of the end of the “Golden Age” of Modified racing. Armstrong and two or three other car owners spent so much on their operations, especially on engines and tires, that it soon became impossible for anyone with a “normal” budget to be competitive on a regular basis. It was said that, for example, the big-budget teams would spend so much on tires in order to try to win a single show that it would be more profitable for a normal team to spend a normal amount on tires and finish third. In time, Geoff demonstrated that he had a lot of talent, but his success in Modified racing was greatly enhanced by the money his team owner spent. Photo by Tom Ormsby, from Racingthroughtime.com.
Trenton. Photo by Mark Terry.
A list of some of the specialist parts that Geoff had on one of his first cars.
1971 – Langhorne. Photo by Ken Dippel.
George McCormick photo.
Photo by Mike Anop.
1973-04-15 – Stafford Spring Sizzler. Photo by Carl Miller.
Syracuse. Photo by ES Racing Photos.
1973 – Pocono.
1974 – Daytona.
Geoff once drove Jerry’s car at Shangri-la when Jerry was down south chasing points.
Note that Geoff’s driver’s suit has a local Utica Club beer patch on the chest.
1974 – This was the first year that Geoff ran with a Vega body rather than his more familiar Valiant. Photo by George McCormick.
Bugs Stevens’s #15 Vega is on the inside. Photo by George McCormick.
1975 – Daytona Permatex 200.
Pocono. Photo by Peter Montano.
1975 – Stafford.
1975 – Watkins Glen.
1975 – 0swego.
1975- Shangri-La. Photo from Racingthroughtime.com.