Exploring Robert Gee's Former Race Shop: Old School NASCAR History (Stories From Darrell Waltrip!)
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Robert Gee is one of the most legendary race car fabricators in NASCAR history. Anyone who was anybody during the golden years of stock car racing in the 70s-80's probably has a story that took place in this little garage near Charlotte Motor Speedway. Robert was instrumental in the early days of Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt in addition to being Dale Jr's grandfather. The current tenant of the building now owned by Ken Schrader was able to find some remnants of Roberts history! We also call Darrell and get some fascinating backstory on his time spent at this location!
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  • Mark Martin
    Mark Martin

    We hung a 1986 Daytona body there with Robert in December 1985.

    • twin turbo
      twin turbo

      I enjoy goin to Batesville speedway to watch Mark Martin race on dirt. One hell of a driver.

    • Jared Shoemaker
      Jared Shoemaker

      That's really cool. I've watched you race a few times and heard your name a bunch around my hometown. I grew up with Jack's niece and nephew Blaine and Jessica. You're a legend, much respect. Take care, be safe, and have fun regardless.

    • B DUN
      B DUN

      I love the internet

    • Brody Lechman
      Brody Lechman

      September 1986 I was Born 🎯🇺🇲

  • Stapleton42
    Stapleton42

    Robert Gee really was the man behind the curtain for success of so many people. Old racecars and other miscellaneous artifacts are in museums… People rarely pay any attention to the buildings where these events took place though… We are out to change that. One significant location at a time! Did you guys enjoy hearing DW tell stories? Stapletonautoworks.com

    • kevin auman
      kevin auman

      Incase anybody was curious I Google map searched this address the 9201 garrison rd that was on that hold for iroc racers box and it is a fence next to a train yard but right next to "Wallace Neel" Rd 🤷‍♂️🤔

    • Ryan Sheehan
      Ryan Sheehan

      I’ve definitely noticed that nearly every guest on the Dale Jr download ends up saying “so I went over to see Robert Gee....” at some point during their interview

    • Rick S
      Rick S

      Really enjoy seeing the history. Thank you

    • ceedubya
      ceedubya

      I was wondering the spelling of his last name after DW said what he said.

    • Christopher Johnson
      Christopher Johnson

      Wicked Awesome, DW is amazing. Can't tell you how many times I'm going to watch this one, share it, so frickin cool to listen to a nascar Legend like that. Bullseye dude, & thank you Darrell for taking the time to make the history real!

  • paullutterloh51
    paullutterloh51

    I bet Dale Jr would appreciate some of that history there.

    • Jeremy Lee
      Jeremy Lee

      I bet Dale Jr played in that shop two

  • young11984
    young11984

    Man i could quit work, live off cheese and crackers to be able to sit around those old racers and listen to their stories for the rest of my life. Its so cool you are sharing their life stories and keeping the memories alive i would have never ever heard if you hadnt blew a head gasket kicking a corvettes ass lol. I genuinely appreciate your time and efforts in chasing the history man i really do, thanks.

    • Dwayne Jones
      Dwayne Jones

      Well said! I’m with you, great job on these videos

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks man. Just doing the best I can. It’s weird how things work out isn’t it!

  • 29North
    29North

    When you have Darrell Waltrip’s number saved on your phone. 🔥

  • Jared Richardson
    Jared Richardson

    To be on a first name basis with Darrell Waltrip is pretty damn cool

    • Richie O
      Richie O

      Yes it is...pretty cool..😎

    • David Rice
      David Rice

      @David H don't pay any attention to goofs like me - it probably sounds worse than it's meant -

    • David Rice
      David Rice

      @David Lee Froth after he went to Jack and was whining about his cars because kevin lapage was turning faster laps I was like - " really ?"

    • David Lee Froth
      David Lee Froth

      AND Mark Martin too!

  • SN95 Mustang Garage
    SN95 Mustang Garage

    Love that you continue to show NASCAR history at your age. I know most of it but you bring to light a lot of behind the scenes from back then. Telling the story one video at a time. Keep doing these, got a bunch of my friends and family watching.

    • david galea
      david galea

      @Stapleton42 Have you come across any roush yates engines? Or know someone that might have one for sale? Back in 2009 roush yates sold hundreds of them because in 2009 they decided to use the newly designed FR9 engine.. The engine im looking for is the D3 headed engine with the R452 block used between 2004 and 2010.

    • John LaClair
      John LaClair

      @Stapleton42 as you being a younger fan it’s great that you have taken the road of NASCAR history.

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks man we are glad all of you are here!!

  • F-Bomb Garage
    F-Bomb Garage

    The holes in the floor are chain pots. Pop one open and there should be a short length of chain in them. It's for chaining down a frame for straitening

    • Stephen Brewer
      Stephen Brewer

      Pretty cool piece of info!

  • Greg Hall
    Greg Hall

    Man I love y'alls videos. Us old school guys really appreciate this.

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks Greg

  • Mat Helm
    Mat Helm

    Was never a Darrel fan when he was driving, except maybe the last couple years (because he was a A hole, and he knows it). But it was cool to see/hear his voice echoing off those walls after so many years. Met and talked to his wife many times over the years, and she was the polar opposite of Darrel in the early years.

  • R8cer Ex
    R8cer Ex

    Mitchell walking around a legendary shop and casually dialing up a legend to swap stories of the glory days of NASCAR. Epic!

  • Chuck Marr
    Chuck Marr

    I think Robert gee was a genius with Chevrolet monte Carlo bodies .if his car showed up at Charlotte in the sportsman division you were in trouble .if you can find one that hasent been bent you would have a piece of history .ask k Schrader about his sportsman Monte Carlo. People said it was magic with downforce.

  • ShawdowsAndDust
    ShawdowsAndDust

    Waltrip is a living national treasure. I've had the pleasure of talking to him for a few mins and you can just tell that the man just lives and breathes racing.

  • Matthew Hayes
    Matthew Hayes

    Love listening to DW tell stories I'd watch an hour of you holding the phone every week if DW was telling stories

    • John Hatt
      John Hatt

      Me too!

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Same 😂

  • Mark Miller
    Mark Miller

    Very cool NASCAR history! Thank you & Logan so much for these continued videos on all the old stock car racing people, shops, cars and all things related, it rocks! I'm right there with you and do appreciate you guys being there posting all this great video content. Keep up the good work!

  • JD Haase
    JD Haase

    Can’t get enough of DW stories. I have several autographed and framed pictures/posters of DW. Still my favorite driver.

  • 4878 West Texas
    4878 West Texas

    Robert gee is also the guy that built The #8 Nova that Dale Jr just restored.... Thats one of my favorite race cars ever!!!

    • Michael McDonald
      Michael McDonald

      That is a cool car for sure

  • Throttle Watch
    Throttle Watch

    Thanks to Darrell for telling these stories, cool history

  • moosestang# LS
    moosestang# LS

    Cool ass videos bro your learning the young people about the past an giving the older crew something to Remember.. keep chugging alone till the boost hits

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks dude. We’re chugging 💪🏻

  • Jay h
    Jay h

    Great job on these videos, it's great to hear about the glory days of Nascar back when it was great.

  • Benny Helgeson
    Benny Helgeson

    D,W, has great memory and fantastic story teller. Videos like this adds back story to when I followed NASCAR from 70's through 90's. Please keep them coming. Thanks

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks Benny

  • RavenTalks
    RavenTalks

    What a story to tell to be able to tell... "I had a conversation with Darrell Waltrip standing in Robert Gees garage"

  • bobby lowery
    bobby lowery

    This video really takes me back. It really reminded me of the first "Cup" race my dad took me and my younger brother in May of 87 at Charlotte. We camped out just outside turn 2 of Charlotte Motor Speedway the weekend of the Winston. I was hooked from that moment on and an Earnhardt fan until the day I die. Keep up the Awesome work and the content of this video and the Stavola Bros Race shop video absolutely rocked. Thanks.

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      man thats awesome. we are so glad you're here bobby!

  • RavenTalks
    RavenTalks

    You're on to something big with this stuff!!! I love your line of thinking... who put this here, when was it, what stories do these walls hold! I love being somewhere and knowing the story & feeling like I'm there..Super interesting... I bet if you could get with Dale Jr. He's got some cool stuff... Idk if he'd let you go through stuff, but I bet hes got alot

  • David Conley
    David Conley

    How gracious of Darrell to take time to tell the story of Robert Gee. Awesome awesome video!

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Absolutely. He’s a great guy

  • James Eyman
    James Eyman

    Im so grateful your doing this. History is so important to save.

  • Joe O'Neal
    Joe O'Neal

    Enjoy listening to the history of those old race shops. Wish I could have a tour inside them.

  • JC Bailey
    JC Bailey

    This Vid was awesome! Props to you and Mr. Waltrip. Love the REAL racecar soundtrack in background!!

  • #programa LATE SHOW#
    #programa LATE SHOW#

    This is the coolest freaking video you’ve done yet. Can feel the history of this place and almost see the ghost of what went on in that shop. Awesome stuff. DW still the man after all these years as well.

  • Jimmy
    Jimmy

    Man, Thanks for the tour! Thanks to Darrell for doing participating. Thanks to Kenny Schrader for allowing ya'll to go in. That was great. The people may be gone but it you look hard enough, you can see what was left behind.

  • Alex C741
    Alex C741

    Mitchell,Logan,again a fantastic video I am loving the history of NASCAR I am now completely addicted! I’m loving that you two appreciate history and can bring it back to life for us,can’t wait for your next adventure bring it on!! All the way from 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🤘🏻

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks Alex we appreciate you!

  • Team Brahma
    Team Brahma

    Shout out to the tenant who was cool enough to let you go in there and film and stuff. Love these history videos man, keep 'em coming.

    • Hailey Baldwin
      Hailey Baldwin

      Tim’s a good guy and loves all things racing!!

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      He messaged me about it first! Definitely glad he did!

  • BIGMOE
    BIGMOE

    I could listen to DW alllll day, the memories and history that man has in his head is amazing. Another awesome vid dude 🤘🤘

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks moe

  • Jared OTFC
    Jared OTFC

    I could stay on the phone with that man for hours! I love all his stories

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Hopefully we will get him back soon!

  • G Crauwels
    G Crauwels

    Great stuff. It gets you to thinking how much history was made in that space. Thanks, and a shout out to DW for sharing too.

  • Jeff Moore
    Jeff Moore

    Its fascinating the time you put into learning and uncovering history of things such as Robert Gees' and his old shop. Keep doing what you do, I myself as I am sure other fans love stuff like this!!

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks Jeff!

  • Dan B Cooper
    Dan B Cooper

    Man I love the racing history episodes. Anything Earnhardt is pure gold. Keep up the awesome content

  • randy nix
    randy nix

    Another very interesting video. Nice to see that Darrell injoyed telling the stories, This kind of stuff is golden. Also nice to see Mark comment on the shop. Thanks again

  • Not your Daddy
    Not your Daddy

    Always loving these interviews and locations that you bring to us. Keep em coming Mitchell!

  • Caleb Lamley
    Caleb Lamley

    Waltrip put us there, back in time with his amazing stories!!

  • Matthew Oden
    Matthew Oden

    This was awesome who would've thought such a tiny little shop held so much history wow really enjoyed Mr. Waltrip's stories as well

  • Keith Billiot
    Keith Billiot

    Another great video I am so glad Y’all are doing these Nascar history videos and keeping The memories going in stories that we are never heard from anyone else Than you Mitch And Logan

  • Mike Bas
    Mike Bas

    So awesome to see and hear about the history of these awesome shops, especially with a legend talking us through it. Glad to hear Darrell was able to get his car that he and Robert built(if I heard that correctly). Too bad they didn't just give him the car instead of him having to get it through auction but again at least he got it. 35:30 someone getting sleepy lol.

  • SJKLR 650
    SJKLR 650

    Great vid! More of a motocross guy but keeping these stories going has set you apart..you've truly found a nitch... and im a sticker nut too.. thank you!!

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks dude 💪🏻

  • Fire Walker
    Fire Walker

    This stuff is so damn cool man, love this old history…

  • Jeremiah Johnson
    Jeremiah Johnson

    Im here and saw the video. Really crappy service in the oil field right now. Im gonna finish later. You guys are top notch for history and genuinely seem like great people. You both get a lifetime member from me.

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks Jeremiah 💪🏻

  • Anthony Planas
    Anthony Planas

    That was a great video. I could sit and listen to DW stories all day. Thank you Darrell for taking the time to share the history.

  • James Welch
    James Welch

    This video is so cool. I too love history and love to imagine how old buildings had been used, and by who. Like a huge puzzle that demands all pieces be put in place.

  • Dustin Plemmons
    Dustin Plemmons

    That 25th anniversary was from DW’s 97 season with the chrome car.

  • Calvin H.
    Calvin H.

    That PA speaker in the attic is most likely for the alarm system. Cool place, If walls could talk those walls could tell some awesome stories.

    • sirmonkey
      sirmonkey

      was going to say that as well. we had one just like it in our house from the 80's alarm system. could hear that thing go off from miles away.

  • Skip Garrett
    Skip Garrett

    What a great interview!!! Just let Darrel go on talking! Wonderful history!

  • Ray Williams
    Ray Williams

    Love the history of the people that built the cars.

  • Graeme Randall
    Graeme Randall

    Awesome video guys loving the history and the stories and how a lot of things join together across the teams 👍👌🇦🇺👏

  • Jared OTFC
    Jared OTFC

    I could stay on the phone with that man for hours! I love all his stories

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Same 💪🏻

  • Brandon Smith
    Brandon Smith

    You my friend are becoming a awesome nacar historian!! I appreciate the history so much. I watch all your videos. Thanks and keep it up

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks man!

  • Two wheeling Nut
    Two wheeling Nut

    Another great video. These nascar history videos are my favorites. I could listen to Darrel Waltrip tell those stories old all day. You keep raising bar with each one of these. Well done.

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks dude we try 💪🏻

  • Jeff Bergen
    Jeff Bergen

    Fantastic video Mitchell! And how cool is it that the property is still owned by Ken Schrader, and the shop is still used for race cars to this day? If there's such a thing as "good karma" for a building, it's present right here.

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Absolutely agreed man

  • Desert bear
    Desert bear

    The old time racers ran cars by the seat of their pants and had a great time doing it! racing today has been so regulated that it has been drained of all of the exciting unknown element of just what can happen next. More YELLOW BELLIES less uptight regulations! Keep showing the old days so we don't lose touch with the GOOD old days!! Love the content!

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks man 💪🏻

  • SoulFly
    SoulFly

    you and logan should do a collab with eric epstepp. it can only help everyone involved. your content is different angles but all nascar-ish. he has some ties to drivers and so do you.

  • Jamie Hess
    Jamie Hess

    I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping the history of NASCAR alive. Documenting the stories the way you are is amazing. You know all the right questions to ask.

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      You’re welcome Jamie. Thank you for being here with us for it.

  • R Escobar
    R Escobar

    This is awesome, I knew the road this shop is on but wasn't sure which house, I knew it had to be one of 2 across the street from DW's old shop.

  • Mark Conley
    Mark Conley

    Keep up the good work! Really enjoy your videos.

  • Gary Passmore
    Gary Passmore

    Thanks again for another great history lesson. Please continue to uncover these lost gems. Maybe a video dedicated to the first gen Monte in nascar. As a first gen owner and enthusiast I think that would be awesome! All the best to you and Logan. Thanks again for the content!👍

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks Gary that’s a good idea!

  • Motorcoach Tech
    Motorcoach Tech

    Love all the history. Thank you for bringing it all back to life.

  • Billie Brew
    Billie Brew

    Enjoyed the video and Mitchell’s excitement at discovering nascar history. Keep up the great work guys!

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks Billie!

  • Larson Racing.
    Larson Racing.

    Crazy to think that anything you touch couldve been touched last by Gee himself or somebody like that, nothin beats history

  • R Escobar
    R Escobar

    I can't wait to see more videos like this of old shops. When I was at Daytona a few years back I visited the site where Smokey Yunick had his shop.

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Man that’s awesome. I wish it was still standing

  • Mitchell Hadanek
    Mitchell Hadanek

    outstanding job young man! good stuff! the stories are amazing. capturing history...

  • David Garland
    David Garland

    I love all of your videos. Thanks for preserving all of this history. I am 59 so I remember all of the cars that you come across. I was born in 63 and my Dad was a Federal Agent so he ended up going to a lot of races. He was a diehard Richard Petty fan . He took me to my first race in 1964 when the King won his 1st Championship. I don't remember it but he told me about it. I really like how Logan is into all of this. She is really great and you are a lucky guy to have a woman that shares your passion. My Wife was like that. She loved racing before I met her 20 years ago. Sadly she passed away last November 6th at only 51. I have watched all of your videos and have your stickers on my 04 Intimidator SS Monte And my 89 IROC Z Comaro. Keep up the good work brother.

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks David we appreciate you!

  • Scott Hall
    Scott Hall

    Super cool video. I love hearing DW stories. Big fan growing up! You’re doing a great job with all this content. It’s much appreciated among all us nascar history/artifact nuts. 😄

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks Scott we appreciate you

  • Brett Caldwell
    Brett Caldwell

    Boogity boogity boogity boys! Let's go racing! The man, the myth, the legend. DarWal himself sharing the wealth of knowledge in his head. Thank you Mitchell, I would have never thought i would hear him talk like that where i could hear him.

  • Jake McGinley
    Jake McGinley

    Keep these videos coming man! This history needs to be kept alive. Keep it up. Y’all are doing a great job. Hopefully Dale Jr can see this or hear about it and y’all can link up. I’m sure he has some folks he could put you in touch with that know a lot about the shop and more. 👍🏻

  • Mr.Magicstick
    Mr.Magicstick

    It would be amazing if you could check out Dale Sr Deer Head shop!! Prob a better chance of seeing area 51 before that place see's the light of day!

  • Zackary Motes
    Zackary Motes

    Always crushing the NASCAR videos! Also… “It’s not just a boulder…. it’s a rock.”

  • Jesse Saxon
    Jesse Saxon

    Love the old stories about nascar and you being to connect to all of the legends is really cool!

  • Ben Dover
    Ben Dover

    Another Outstanding interview !! Keep them commin'.. Lovin' that history !!!

    • Stapleton42
      Stapleton42

      Thanks Ben

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    💀 A҉n҉g҉r҉y҉ ҉Y҉a҉n҉k҉ 💀

    Those round holes in the floor are anchor pods for chaining down frames to weld and heatup and beat back straight

  • Mark Rhoades
    Mark Rhoades

    Man that stuff is pretty amazing to find. Especially those body templates.

  • Brush it off
    Brush it off

    That was Fricken awesome! I could listen to stories like that all day! Thanks for sharing & showing us around

  • Susan Wilkerson
    Susan Wilkerson

    Lots of parties at that garage, fond memories.

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