Company Cars
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This is the other "Company Car" that my boss and I race. this is the original Candies & Hughes altered wheelbase 1965 A/FX Hemi Plymouth. My boss has owned this car since 1991 when he bought and restored to way it raced in 1966 and took it on the show circuit. When I came to work for him the show scene was getting boring so we went racing and have been having a ball since then.

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Switching the old girl from a show car over to a race car wasn't as easy as it sounds. When the car was restored a certified roll cage was installed but there were many items that needed attention to make the car safe and reliable at the track. We enlisted the help of Brian Kohlman another local A/FX racer and got the car in race trim then hit the match race trail. We usually run at nostalgia and Mopar events around the midwest and east coast each summer trying to bring back the flavor of 60's drag racing to the crowds.

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The wheelbases on these cars were altered to shift the weight of the car backward to assist in traction. In the 60's tire technology was pitiful so any help you could give the slicks to get bite was needed. With the advent of better slicks and track technology today getting bite with the car is not a problem but keeping it down and staight has it's moments.

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The motor in the car was built by Dick Landy and is a 426 1965 Hemi block with 1965 Chrysler aluminum K race heads. The fuel is alcohol and is fed to the engine by Hilborne injectors from 2.5 gallon Moon tank. The motor came off Fred Mandolini's dyno at 749 HP at 7800 RPM so we have enough go power to pull the wheels on each pass which is always a crowd pleaser.

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Getting the car to go straight is problematic at best. Leonard Huhges in an old article said this was the nastiest handling race he ever drove he said it would always hook you just did not know if it would go straight. He related a story to us that in a match race in 1966 the car was wanting to lift on the big end so he took a Coca-Cola metal sign from the snack shop at the track and riveted it to the front end as an early spoiler to keep the front end on the track. He won the race by the way!


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