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43 Jr 65 Cuda

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jr dragster, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. jr dragster
    Joined: Jul 1, 2013
    Posts: 2

    jr dragster
    from nc

    I'm an 18 year old kid who loves racing and I have been in a Junior Dragster for 6 years, I heard to old guys at the track this weekend talking about Richard Petty having a drag car at one time so I did a little looking. Does anyone on here have any info on that car?

  2. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,608


    Pettys Barracuda drag car was written up in Hot Rod as it was being built. It ran for a short time. I remember reading it crashed, killing its driver and it was never fixed by the Pettys. Its been alot of years since I read it ; so possibly I am wrong. You really should post in the intro section ,If you haven't already. Welcome to the HAMB
  3. I believe there was a accident and a child was killed. HRP

  4. brandon
    Joined: Jul 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,333


    If you cant out run em....outlaw em. Hot rod had build article on car...thought i read someone dug the car up?
  5. 2racer
    Joined: Sep 1, 2011
    Posts: 960


  6. Not a totally accurate article.... The Hemi wasn't a 'production' motor in '65, not being installed in any cars available to the general public and neither was the Ford SOHC motor or Chevrolet Mark big-block (the 396 version of the latter was available, but the 427 wasn't 'production' until '66). NASCAR saw this as getting away from the 'stock' car image they were trying to project and told all the manufacturers that they had to actually showroom sell at least 500 cars with these motors for them to be legal. GM and Chrysler did this in '66 as their pushrod motors were relatively inexpensive to build, but the SOHC reportedly cost Ford about $10K each to build and it was never seriously considered for a production car.
  7. mickeyc
    Joined: Jul 8, 2008
    Posts: 1,171


    Correct, I do think Petty was the only driver and a rear wheel got loose from a broken axle and went into the crowd. These facts are as I remember reading about at the time. I could be mistaken. I think this was during Chryslers boycott of NASCAR due to the Hemi being disallowed by NASCAR The Cuda was called 43JR. and was painted the Petty Blue. It was a great looking racer!
  8. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Thats correct. IIRC a non-sanctioned track in Georgia? Pretty sure I have the Hot Rod article, I will try to dig it up. Started out with a cross-ram, wound up with injectors.
  9. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,608


    I stand corrected , thank you. Like I said a lotta years... Was the car ever redone?
  10. dreracecar
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
    Posts: 3,116

    from so-cal

    From what I heard, They dug a hole behind the barn/shop and buried the complete wreckage.
  11. Frustration
    Joined: Sep 11, 2010
    Posts: 67

    from PA

    pics i found.

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  12. I love these stories!
  13. jr dragster
    Joined: Jul 1, 2013
    Posts: 2

    jr dragster
    from nc

    There were 2 cars built, from what I have found out, The second car was in TN around the early 70's
  14. In the one article I read, it says the original car was supercharged?
  15. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 2,018

    from Tacoma, WA

    Here's what the car looks like today (its the hulk to the left), compliments of google...

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    I've read that this is it? I can't really see it too well on my phone

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  17. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 937

    from landis n c

    that was a cool drag car, i saw it run @ concord drag strip the one season that it ran in concord n.c. it even had petty blue tinted windows.i think king richard got in trouble with NASCAR @ that time-thats why he drag raced.(it happens to all of us)...........

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