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Old 07-14-2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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Default Dean Moon's Moonbeam



Dean Moon's Moonbeam was a Devin-bodied sports car special that made big trouble at drag strips and on the salt. Although sports car racing classes were still fairly new at the drags and on the salt, the secret was hot rod simple: Take a very light c...

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Old 07-14-2011, 09:20 AM   #2
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Default Re: Dean Moon's Moonbeam

is this car still around ?
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:36 AM   #3
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Now your just toying with me Jive Bomber. It wasn't just yesterday I was obsessing to ScooterMcRad over the phone about Potvin Blown Chevy's and how they rule. I was OBSESSING I tell you!!!!!

This and the Moon Eyes slingshot were running around my mind like Jesse Owens so now I will obsess again today. Thank you.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:45 AM   #4
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Default Re: Dean Moon's Moonbeam

The Moonbeam also won the Brighton Speed Trials in England in the mid 60s.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:51 AM   #5
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I love the Moonbeam!
At one time it was a real terror!
Until this came along....Norm C's Superstition #13
Myth has it that Dean refused to sell Norm any parts after a while.....
Great Article Jay.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:52 AM   #6
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Default Re: Dean Moon's Moonbeam

Moonbeam - always a favorite of mine as are Devin bodies. Anyone have one they want to sell? Does anyone make them anymore?

That pic with the wheelwells cut out for the slicks is awesome!
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:05 PM   #7
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What an icon, saw it perform in early sixties at california drag strips. The car is so beautiful and it was angry little mofo, very exciting. Thanx for the re-visit. ~sololobo~
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Old 07-14-2011, 03:36 PM   #8
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Default Re: Dean Moon's Moonbeam

In the late 80's Dean had installed a blown flathead for Bonneville. Never did get a record as he also had a NOS bottle, and kept holding the button down untill the engine done blowed up!
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Old 07-14-2011, 03:47 PM   #9
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Quote:
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I love the Moonbeam!
At one time it was a real terror!
Until this came along....Norm C's Superstition #13
Myth has it that Dean refused to sell Norm any parts after a while.....
Great Article Jay.
Alltime favorite aa/sp, moonbeam no slouch either
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:37 PM   #10
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The Devin body is great example of timeless classic automotive grace. What a cool ride!
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:26 PM   #11
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...And the damn thing was beautiful too!!! I too have been obsessing over front drive blowers lately... anyone else loose their mind looking at that front blown Olds Chassis Research rail at L.A.R.S swap meet a few weeks ago?
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:49 PM   #12
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Along with winning Little Eliminator at 62 Winternationals with the Mooneyes Dragster,my dad also drove the Devin a couple times at Lions & Riverside.

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Old 07-14-2011, 07:45 PM   #13
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CQQL!

I dig this pic (dispite the poor composition).
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:06 PM   #14
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I remember drooling over this car in all the magazines of the period. I think I was doing just that in shop class way back when, when I got caught by the teacher and received my one and only paddling. I still to this day think it was worth it! Thanks for reviving the memories of a fantastic piece of automotive history.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:03 AM   #15
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I can't believe there hasn't been a post about this car sooner! What a great car that captures the sprit of the time.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:59 AM   #16
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Glad to see some positive feed back on such a cool car. Sport cars usually get snubbed by rodders but truth be told examples such as this embody what hot rodding is all about. I just wish more had survived and the prices were more reasonable.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:38 AM   #17
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MOONEYES has a Facebook page that they post pics to all the time. MOONBEAM shows up occasionally too. The car is now in Florida at Garlit's Museum.
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