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Woods to celebrate 50 years together at Daytona
February 1, 2001

STUART, Va., February 1, 2001 - Next week Wednesday will mark a very special occasion for the founding member of the Wood Brothers Racing dynasty - his 50th wedding anniversary. Glen and Bernece Wood will celebrate their anniversary week together as they have pretty much every year since their wedding February 7, 1951, at the races. 

As Wood Brothers Racing enters its 51st season in racing, Glen and Bernece are traveling separately to Florida for the sport's 43rd running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Fifty years ago the newly weds spent their honeymoon in Daytona Beach. 

Some years the couple couldn't be together at all on their anniversary. With three children Bernece was busy at home while Glen pursued first his own driving career and then went on to become the owner of one of the most famous and successful teams in the sport. 

Glen remembered the first time he went to Florida for the race on the sand. "My first trip was with Bernece's daddy and brother in 1947. We went to the race then. At that time the only bridge crossing the Halifax River was the Main Street bridge. It was a flat wooden bridge. And I've been in Daytona in February for the races every year since. I think my first year running on the sand in the Sportsman class was in 1953. I ran '53, and '54 and I think I skipped '55 and ran '56, 7 and 8 in the last three races that was run there. Bernece was at some of the races, but not many of them I don't think. That one in 1958 Leonard wasn't even there. It was just me by myself. I'd worked on the car all because Leonard was in the Army. They ran the modifieds and sportsman together. The biggest difference was the engine size in the sportsman and it was limited to one carburetor and the modifieds could put injectors and big engines in them. I had a little '54 Ford and I beat all the modifieds in qualifying. And that done me about as much good as anything I'd done at that time I reckon." 

While Wood Brothers Racing has become synonymous with NASCAR, Glen had not envisioned it as a career. Chris Williams was a partner with me in the lumber business at the time Bernece and I got married. We just bought a little '38 Ford coupe and nobody in particular was supposed to drive it. And I was finally chosen to drive it. We were just having a little fun. We just thought we'd see what we could do and I guess I did better than what I thought I was gonna do maybe. And we just sort of kept after it." 

"We spent quite a few (anniversaries) there," said Mrs. Wood. "But then there were quite a few when I was having babies. Kim was born in March and then Eddie and Len were born in April, and February was not too long before that so there were some years that I could not go. There were quite a few anniversaries that Glen was there and I was not. But I knew Glen was in racing before we got married so I knew what to expect because he did go to Daytona every year. And when the kids were little I didn't go very much. I went to races around here. 

"We were married here at home (Stuart, Virginia) in the parsonage of the Baptist Church. I think we spent our first night somewhere in Georgia, but we did spend our honeymoon in Daytona." 

Travel has always been a big part of the sport and like many people in racing the Woods tried to take advantage of the opportunity to see new places. "We never have done anything without it being two-fold, you know work and play; like all of our trips across country to places like California and Vegas," said Bernece. "We'd always take a different route and stay a day or two because we never really did go on trips unless it was racing related. 

Is there a favorite anniversary memory for the Woods? "No, not really. We have never really done anything special. I can't really rate one on top of another," stated Bernece. Glen agreed saying, "No, other than the first one." 

This year will be no different if Bernece has her way. "Some people have expected us to have a big celebration this year, but I would much rather that Glen and I go out to a restaurant together. Maybe we could go with some friends. Glen was in the lumber business with Chris Williams when we got married. He married this girl Carolyn and we went to Daytona together. They don't live very far from here so I thought maybe we could go out together." 

So on February 7, 2001 the Woods plan a quiet celebration of their marital milestone - dinner out with close friends. The following day Glen will go down to Daytona with the boys, Eddie and Len, for the start of Speedweeks. Then a week later Bernece will go down with daughter Kim for the Twin 125's and the 500.

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