Discussion in 'Historical' started by Beentherebefore, Sep 30, 2013.
1978 Daytona 500 - Ferrel Harris Dodge from Petersen Museum Archives
He saved the day for Mopar with his 2nd place finish, otherwise it would have been a 1 - 3 FoMoCo sweep. I was there all 5 days that the track was open for practice/qualifying/racing and the race was a real letdown after the winged Mopars had showed so much promise during the week. The smart $$ was on Gurney's #42 Petty crewed Superbird to win but he had to come in on the first lap for brake work and never could make up the 11 laps he lost. I still blame the Petty crew for not double checking the brakes before rolling the car to the line.
NEW link added to Woodward Garage info from the Bill Wright archive -
Late 60s wing cars, trans am and drag cars that the Woodward Garage worked on.
Nice pic of the Woodward Garage SuperBird doing laps at the Huntsville Airport testing a 727 trans for road course use.
Guess who was driving??
Started 23rd and finished 9th - the only Mopar to finish in the top 10. This was the team car to the #5 of Neil Bonnett, owned by Jim Stacy.
It'll take me a while to read through it all but I did look at the letter on the Proposed Riverside test. I never heard that Chrysler tested an automatic trans, The only car I ever saw racing on that track with an auto trans was Jack McCoy. He had mangled his arm badly years before in a modified-jalopy race and always had trouble with the constant shifting needed in a 500 mile road race. The trans only lasted about 35 laps and he went back to a stickshift for the next Riverside race.
Developing the Record-Setting 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona (at https://www.allpar.com/racing/NASCAR/daytona-development.html )
Dan Gurney and Bobby Isaac drove DC-93, already numbered as "88", at Riverside
in December, 1969 testing a B&M built 727. Both transmissions blew up.