Half Moon Bay dragstrip, 1962 Half Moon Bay, Calif. You can read about the development of the max-wedge motors on Curtis's and the Ramchargers' articles on another part of this board. Those of us that were hanging around at West Coast dragstrips in 1962 began to hear about "something big" coming from Mopar. Fortunately, I just happen to be at HMB with a borrowed old Brownie box camera (hence the less than ideal picture quality) when this monster showed up - the first in a line of "Melrose Missile"s, driven by Tommy Grove. This car had already been shaken down (I wasn't there) because on this day, it set a new national record in Super Stock by almost a full quarter second! What happened in SS was front page news in those days - the equivalent of Pro Stock or even Funny Car today as NHRA had neither of those classes in the 60s. Tommy Grove had held the old track record in a 409 Chevy. After he started to drive the Missile, he put that 409 to better use - as a towcar to get the Plymouth to the track. You can see part of it if you look real close to the picture.