CORNELIUS, N.C. -- John Sad's auto body shop is a return to stock-car racing's past.
The California native has worked on vintage race cars at his Man Made Legends shop since 2007.
Sad recently took his love of cars from NASCAR's early days one step further: In February, he helped establish North Carolina's first sanctioning body for vintage-car racing, the American Vintage Racing Association.
He lined up historic North Wilkesboro Speedway as its home track. The association will stage its first race there on Sept. 17 and plans two a year.
Sad, 57, estimates at least 5,000 people own vintage race cars in the Charlotte area but have no sanctioned races in the state. He races his vintage cars in Daytona Beach, Fla., Watkins Glen, N.Y., and near Danville, Va.