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10 Differences Between Moonshining and Homebrewing


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One Inspired NASCAR
NASCAR legend Junior Johnson with his 427 Mystery Motor Chevrolet. Johnson started out as a bootlegger before making it big in NASCAR. © Martyn Goddard/Corbis
NASCAR legend Junior Johnson with his 427 Mystery Motor Chevrolet. Johnson started out as a bootlegger before making it big in NASCAR. © Martyn Goddard/Corbis

Are you a NASCAR fan? You have moonshiners to thank for it. During Prohibition in the 1920s, bootleggers selling illegal moonshine discovered a frequent need to outrun the federal tax agents. This resulted in vehicles with increasingly souped-up engines -- and informal races for bragging rights.

As the 1940s came into view, these races became organized events, and cars were raced on tracks. By 1947, Big Bill France called drivers, owners and mechanics to a Daytona Beach, Fla., hotel to hammer out some standard rules for racing. The result? The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was born [sources: Levinson, Flask].

While many people enjoy a beer while watching a game, we don't know of any sport that was inspired directly by either beer or wine. Score one for moonshine.