Come out to see Hemi Under Glass and the Little Red Wagon at our Goodguys shows this Spring
Drag racing fans of the 60’s and 70’s will no doubt remember these two! The famed Hemi Under Glass, campaigned by Hurst Performance from 1965 to 1975, and the wheelstanding Dodge A-100 Little Red Wagon who lit up the dragstrip in the early days, are back for a limited engagement. Hemi Under Glass, the Plymouth Barracuda was given its moniker due to the fuel injected Chrysler Hemi engine that was placed underneath the exceptionally large window of the Barracuda! The original Hemi Under Glass was piloted back in the day by Bob Riggle.
The Little Red Wagon and the Hemi Under Glass charged up the quarter mile for drag racing fans all over the US for over a decade!
This month, the Hemi Under Glass and the Little Red Wagon will make an appearance at the Goodguys 8th Spring Nationals in Scottsdale, AZ March 10-12, the 35th All American Get-Together, March 25 & 26 in Pleasanton, CA and then at the 17th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, March 31-April 2 in Del Mar, CA.
Don’t miss your chance to see these epic wheelstanders up close! For event information on these events visit www.good-guys.com
George Hurst and Hot Rod Magazine’s Ray Brock originally built the ’68 Plymouth Barracuda as a drag race car back in 1965. When they put the blown 426 Hemi V8 in the back to get more traction, they accidentally discovered the ‘Cuda had a propensity to do wheelstands. Instead of trying to figure out how to keep the front wheels on the ground, Hurst decided to purposely make it a wheelstanding car. The 2,500 horsepower Hemi, running on a nitro fuel mix, has a window in the firewall you can look through when the car’s up on its rear wheels and see where you’re going. Plus, the driver can steer it left or right with special brakes. When it’s up in the air, there is advertising you can read on the bottom of the car.
Originally built by Chrysler as a “down runner” for A/Factory Experimental (A/FX), the infamous wheelstanding truck is a Dodge A-100 with a 426 Hemi and TorqueFlite mounted mid-ship and sucking up 30 percent nitro. But then it was discovered that the truck had a propensity for picking up the front wheels at speed and the race fans loved it. Thus, the Little Red Wagon was born and Bill “Maverick” Golden was tapped to tame the wild truck. After driving it enough to decide he could control it, Golden purchased the truck from Dodge and took it on the road. Over the years, there were several Little Red Wagons. The original exhibition racer was destroyed in a crash in 1969, as was a replacement in 1975. Golden converted the 1965 show truck into his exhibition racer and drove it until retirement in 2003.
Do Hemi Under Glass and Bob Riggle sound vaguely familiar? You might have seen the video where Riggle accidentally rolls the rear-engined ‘Cuda with Jay Leno in the passenger seat.