A heart built for flight but at home on the track. The Howmet TX “Turbine eXperimental” This innovative American prototype racer came to fruition in 1968 to see if gas turbine engines would work in competition use. Planned by Ray Heppenstall, the TX chassis was built by McKee Engineering, the turbine engines leased from Continental Aviation & Engineering, and Howmet Corporation financed the project. This was not the first turbine powerplant in auto racing, but the Howmet T
The Man who flew to close to the sun. "Sneaky" Pete Robinson was an amazing innovator and genius! The man loved to Tinker so he named his dragsters “Tinker toy”. He was always looking for and thinking up new ways to push his cars and the sport he loved. He was not a fan of push starting with a push car, He thought it was both dangerous and took to much time. So He built a system that used compressed air to power an aircraft starter system. His self-starting system was
All Business. That's the first thing that came to mind when I was riding to the shop one morning and saw Jeff's sweet, little Mopar, out raising hell in the Texas Hill Country. With its A990 hood, black steel wheels and poverty caps, and overall tough look, I had to know more. Once I was able to catch him after he careened off in a cloud of smoke and burning rubber, he opened the car up and there it was again. All business. Jeff wanted a fun little hot rod that not everyon
“El Kineño” The “King Ranch,” was a 825,000 acres, 1,289 square miles, cattle ranch in what’s now called Kingsville, Texas. We are talking a ranch with a bit more surface area than the state of Rhode Island! The King Ranch was founded in 1853 by Richard King, and Is the most famous ranch in all of the American West. But before Ford built the King Ranch branded F series pickups a Buick wore the name. This unique Buick Roadmaster was commissioned by a seven-term Congressman n
The Green Monster Art Arfons worked at his father’s feed-mill in Akron, Ohio, Art served in the U.S. Navy (1943–46) which trained him in diesel mechanics. After the war he returned to the feed mill and began his career as a drag racer and overall speed freak. In the early 1950s with his brothers Dale and Walter, the team would build some of the fastest junk yard cars around. a series of cars, each going by the name “The Green Monster”. according to Tim Arfon, Arts son.
REO’s original speed wagon. Ransom E. Olds wanted to his car company on the map, and what better way then racing? In April of 1902 he took his racer named the Pirate to the beach’s in front of the Ormond Hotel in Florida. The Pirate was the first car to make a timed run during Florida's first unofficial speed trials. The following March, Olds returned and brought his speedster back for the first sanctioned official event that was held and hosted by the American Automobile
Delivery in 13 seconds or less! 1954 Corvette roadster famously known as “The Pizza Man.” Wearing serial number 99 of 3,640, The Pizza Man ran at strips all across the Midwest and at national events from 1962 to 1971, piloted by owner/driver Earl Britt, owner of Earl’s Pizza Palace in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This Beauty wore the original Polo White paint, fitted with a Black fiberglass hard top and the original Red interior was known as “World's Fastest Six Cylinder C
I've Got a Tiger By the Tail! Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick’s Tameless Tiger. In 1963, The Farmer purchased and campaigned three Super Duty Pontiacs, this originally white light weight Pontiac 421 SD LeMans coupe would be one of his more famous cars. all three cars were built before GM’s January, 1963 ban on factory-sponsored racing. This sent most teams looking to Ford and Chrysler, Arnie would remain loyal to Pontiac and run as an independent driver and owner all without