How to be a junk car racer: It’s not so hard, according to the man behind the craze
A craze that has seen cars painted as junk cars by an Italian car-racing legend has come to an end after he was arrested.
Benedicto Scorsone, 58, from the northern city of Udine, has been a driving force behind the Junk Car Racing Association for the past six years.
He has been dubbed the Junk King and is also the “king of junk cars”.
Scorsone has been the main force behind driving and painting cars for the association, which claims to be the world’s largest junk car club.
The association is based in a large warehouse in the city and is managed by Scorson, who also runs the Udine Car Club.
Its members race junk cars on dirt tracks and other events, and Scorsons website says he has painted more than 100 cars since the association was started in 2014.
Its popularity has soared in the last few years and Scorons website lists several local and national competitions that are open to the public.
According to his website, Scorsones popularity has been “tremendously positive” in the Udines car scene.
“I’ve had more than 30 people come to see me to see if I would paint cars, and it’s become an annual event,” Scorsoni told The Jerusalem Times.
Scorsoni is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for drug-related offences, but is set to be released from prison on February 2, 2020.
“The Junk King is a big celebrity, but he is not a king of junk car enthusiasts,” said Shai Povad, a professor of philosophy at the University of Udines.
“Scorsones obsession with cars has had the opposite effect on the car enthusiasts and car culture of the city.”
Povad is a member of the association and has witnessed the growing popularity of Scorsonis cars.
“It has given me a lot of insight into how cars have developed over time,” he said.
“We are now able to talk about cars in a way that would not have been possible in the past.”POVAD’S PASSAGE While the association’s website has been inundated with requests for Scorsonic cars, it has yet to produce any.
“To this day we are waiting for the paint job,” Povada said.
Scores cars paint their own colours and are not able to be sold in Udines shops.
“People are very passionate about this car and it has become a symbol for the whole city,” said Povadas wife, Elena Povadic.
“This car is very special, it represents a sense of community, and a sense that this city is not just about the cars, but about all of us, that it is our home.”
Even if it’s a junk, it’s our home.