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Boise's Carl Downard has been part of the Firebird racing scene since the track first opened in 1968. He has competed with a variety of cars spanning nearly five decades. His latest ride is this very sweet Corvette running a four-speed transmission (something Carl has stayed with for as long as anyone can remember). Still racing in his mid-70's, Carl enjoys taking a run at the Stock eliminator class from time-to-time (B/S), along with an occasional run at Firebird's Super Shifter class. The powerplant in his `64 Corvette is a 327 cubic inched Chevy and a set of American five-spokes and Mickey-Thompson tires. And the two-tone Vette is absolutely "mint" from top to bottom including a fully equipped interior that is dark red in color. Even though it was the hottest day of the year (maybe the last decade), Carl was out making laps at the most recent Open Test Day on June 28th. Carl is a former Racemaster recipient, a Hall of Fame-type award and honor we present annually at the Firebird Award's Banquet. All of us involved with Firebird are always excited when Carl brings his Corvette out to run, especially since it typically wheelstands out of the beams on just about every pass.


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