Here’s Why Old or Damaged Race Cars Don’t Go to Waste

Broken CarsHave you ever watched a NASCAR race and wondered what happens to broken cars? As it turns out, there are many different businesses gaining profit from recycling parts and equipment of wrecked vehicles.

According to Louis Gordon, owner of North Carolina-based L. Gordon Iron and Metal Co., damaged race cars are entirely recyclable. His company has been involved in shredding broken cars that are then sent over to a facility that refines the remains of a car into raw steel.


Some of Gordon’s customers have placed custom-made orders to convert what’s left of their damaged vehicles into something useful, such as coffee tables. His company does it by remolding a car into a cube to resemble the surface of a flat counter.

Still, recycling cars for other purposes ultimately serves as the last option for some companies. Chad Knaus of Jimmie Johnson said that they would only recycle a NASCAR vehicle if the damages are so bad that it won’t be practical to reuse it.

Speed States

It’s no secret that some states in the country are known in NASCAR because of their race tracks. In Florida, the Daytona International Speedway is one of the most prominent courses that hosted countless racing events.

Aside from that, one of the state’s counties also ranked high in a study of the most affordable places in the U.S. to buy used cars. The study showed that Palm Beach County offers the best prices for second-hand vehicles. If you live far from there, car dealerships in Jacksonville also provide low price ranges for used vehicles.

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The next time you see a race car dash through the tracks, it most likely will end up in a recycling facility when it fails to finish the course in one piece. As companies see an opportunity to make money, environmentalists are also cheering the practice of not adding waste on already congested landfills.