2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Dale Earnhardt Tribute

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Nathan Tower’s 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS stood out at the car show in Petitcodiac, New Brunswick last fall. Not only because of the glistening black paint but because of the car’s livery – a heartwarming tribute to Dale Earnhardt.

 

Nathan Tower’s 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS – a heartwarming tribute to Dale Earnhardt, The Intimidator

 

Fans of NASCAR will know what that number 3 is on the back window of Nathan’s Chevy and why we are featuring the car as an East Coaster today. Today is the 20th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s death in a sudden last-lap crash during the 2001 Daytona 500.

Earnhardt was an American professional stock car driver and team owner. His racing career spanned 26 years, starting in 1975, in the former NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now called the NASCAR Cup Series), driving the No. 3 Chevrolet.

 

Dale Earnhardt’s #3 Chevy in 1994

 

Earnhardt won a total of 76 Winston Cup races, including four Winston 500s (1990, 1994, 1999, and 2000) and the 1998 Daytona 500. He also holds a record, with Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson, for seven Winston Cup championships. He was dubbed ‘The Intimidator’ because of his aggressive driving style. Today, he is regarded as one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history.

 

Dale Earnhardt. Photo by Darryl Moran

 

Nathan’s 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo SS is number 938 out of the 4000 built at the Oshawa Assembly Plant in Ontario.

The hot Earnhardt-tribute 240-horsepower Monte Carlo is powered by a 3.8-litre supercharged V6 engine, mated to a four-speed automatic, and is pretty much stock.

See you next summer, Nathan!

*Some photos provided by PinkBowtiePhotography (@pinkbowtiephotography on Instagram)

 

Nathan Tower’s 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo SS. Photograph by @PinkBowtiePhotography

 

Under the hood, Dale Earnhardt watches over the 240-horsepower 3.8-litre supercharged V6 engine in Nathan’s Chevy Monte Carlo SS

 

Even the headrests in Nathan’s Chevy honour Dale Earnhardt

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