Racing legend celebrates 50 years on the track - WNEM TV 5

Racing legend celebrates 50 years on the track

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

For 50 years, Ben Wenzel has been starting and racing his most prized possession - his Chevrolet Camaro. 

"I have the coolest car," Wenzel said. 

Wenzel isn't the only one who is proud of his race car. Dozens of fans gathered in Saginaw Sunday to commemorate the dynamic duo. The car and numerous trophies were all on display. Wenzel said his car has taken him places.

"All over we have been East Coast, Texas and Florida, Oklahoma , Michigan and Canada over the years," he said. 

Wenzel said he bought the car brand new for just under $3,000 and estimates it's current value around $200,000. 

"They are amazed its that old and still does things that are amazing," he said. 

David Wenzel Jr. said this isn't just a hot rod.

"Some of my first childhood memories of me being pushed around in a stroller at Tri-City drag strip in Freeland when I was a little boy," he said. 

As for Wenzel, he's not hanging up his keys anytime soon. 

"Norwalk, Ohio next weekend," he said. 

Ben and David Wenzel were inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. 

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