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New SAE book tells Ramchargers story

by Bill Cawthon on

New from SAE International, Dave Rockwell’s We Were the Ramchargers: Inside Drag Racing’s Legendary Team is the exclusive story behind the Ramchargers, a group of young Chrysler engineers who became one of the most influential drag racing teams in history.

Rockwell, a member of the original team, follows the Ramchargers from the 1950s to the 1970s, as they made their mark becoming the only team of engineers from an automobile manufacturer to drag race successfully, earning more National Hot Rod Association Super Stock titles than any other team.

The book contains a first-hand account of the Ramchargers’ racing victories and ground-breaking vehicle designs and introduces us to the men who made it all happen. It also features full-color, never-before-published photos that offer a rare glimpse into the team members’ experiences and vehicle innovations.

The list price of this hardbound, 302-page book is $39.95. The book and its chapters will be available in eBook format Aug. 13. For more information, visit the SAE website.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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