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« on: January 15, 2019, 07:42:39 PM »

John Meniefield won the Superbird from Lowe's in 1970. Melvin Proffit (Lowe's) took the company plane to Virginia to pick up John & his wife, took them to Petty Enterprises to pick up the Superbird, and they drove it home.

The car has white interior, automatic on the column. (More info. to come!)

It was his daily driver until passing away in 2000. Four or five years later, the car was sold to a family friend.

Attached pic is John receiving the keys from Richard near the race shop. (Lee's house in the background)

It appears to be B5. Although this was supposed to be a 999 car, we had a feeling it was actually B5 because of a pic of a B5 in the 1970 or 1971 Lowes Annual report that surfaced a few years back.


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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2019, 10:45:30 AM »

Good job tracking that down!

This has been a cold case for years.  In past few weeks I've been thinking of doing more research into that car.  I think you and I are the only ones that are searching for the car still (anyone else on the "Lowes Giveaway Bird" quest, please chime in so we don't do duplicate work!). 

For those new to this car (I think there are 2 other threads on this forum about it), my 'Bird was B5 and from the area Mr. Meniefield lived.  I found out about the Lowes giveaway while searching for info on my car.  After talking to Mr. Meniefield's daughter a few years ago, it did not sound like it was my car.  So I put a low priority on researching the Lowe's Giveaway Bird.

One of my theories was that it was a factory B5 car that was repainted Petty Blue by Petty Enterprises for the Giveaway.  The Lowe's annual report shows a B5 car (as you can see in above post), but it could have been a stock photo of Richard Petty and a 'Bird (I searched the Internet a long time for Richard in a drivers suit standing next to a stock B5 'Bird and never found one).  PettyMower has now conclusively proven it was B5 blue and not Petty Blue at time of giveaway.

-Superbird Steve


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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2019, 02:17:38 PM »

Nice story !!!!  2thumbs
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2019, 07:14:20 PM »

Thanks for the info and research, it is very interesting.
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2019, 08:39:34 PM »

Someone in Virginia has a B5 car that's the only REAL Superbird won from Lowe's / Richard Petty.

It's hard to believe that it has not surfaced with it's interesting history. Hopefully we'll eventually get a VIN, and more pics.
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2019, 11:57:10 PM »

Great story
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2019, 12:43:17 PM »

great story ! cheers
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