A parking lot is a parking lot is a parking lot—unless it’s the Summit Racing parking lot. On any given day or time, the lot outside a Summit Racing store can turn into an impromptu mini car show, depending on who’s stopped by the store. Each Wednesday, we’ll share our parking lot find of the week—another benefit of being Powered by Summit Racing Equipment.

1949 is the year Oldsmobile launched its legendary Rocket 88, which featured its new Rocket V8 engine. The Rocket 88 line, which included this 1949 Oldsmobile 88 wagon, helped transform Oldsmobile from a primarily conservative brand to a force on the NASCAR circuit. It also inspired rock ‘n roll songs and served as inspiration for Oldsmobile’s rocket logo.

A first-year model in the first-generation 88 series, this 1949 Olds 88 wagon is distinguishable by its two-piece windshielda feature that went away the following year. When we saw it sitting outside Summit Racing headquarters, we were inspired to “Make a Date with the Rocket 88” and snap a few pix.




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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.