Remembering Marvin Porter

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Marvin Porter West Coast Stock Car Racer and Businessman passes away. West coast stock car racing pioneer Marvin Porter passed away on November 6, 2002 in San Felipe, Baja, Mexico at the age of 76. After a 4 year stint in the Air Force...

Marvin Porter West Coast Stock Car Racer and Businessman passes away.

West coast stock car racing pioneer Marvin Porter passed away on November 6, 2002 in San Felipe, Baja, Mexico at the age of 76.

After a 4 year stint in the Air Force Marvin started racing jalopies around Southern California with great success. His close friend Parnelli Jones started driving NASCAR stock cars in 1956, and thought it was so much fun that during a game of cards at Marvin's place one evening, he suggested that Marvin get a stock car ride and go racing with him. Marvin opted to do just that and got a ride in a Plymouth, owned by Jack Chataney. His first race was at Portland in May of 1957. Marvin went on to become the NASCAR 1959 Short Track National Champion and being named the "Comeback Driver of the Year" by The National Speed News. The publication praised him by saying "Marv Porter of California returned from major surgery to earn the Short Track Grand National Title". Marv went on to become the 1960 Pacific Coast Late Model Champion (later to become the NASCAR Winston West Series) and also finished 7th in 1957, 4th in 1959 and 2nd in 1965. He had 11 career victories in the NASCAR stock car series. He was inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2002.

In later years he would become partners with his close friend Parnelli Jones and Vel Miletch in Parnelli Jones Enterprises becoming one of Firestone Tires largest dealers. In 1985 with Firestone getting out of the racing tire business he sold his interest in Parnelli Jones Enterprises and retired and moved with his wife of 33 years Penny, and moved to San Felipe, Baja, California. He leaves his wife Penny and son Curtis.

-Tim Meyer
Director
West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame

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