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After the HURST Hemi Under Glass, in 1966 Bill put together a program with the Los Angeles/Orange County, CA, Dodge Dealers Association. Barris was the builder of the famed Batmobile, which he often displayed at various venues. DART to a rear engine blown Keith Black Aluminum Super Charged Hemi with a Lenco two-speed transmission, which added the distance and speed so the car could stay up on two wheels. He built a blown 426 Keith Black Hemi powered 1929 Ford panel delivery wagon, which he exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest, West Coast, New Zealand and Australia until his retirement in 1988 which insured his place in the history books forever.George asked Bill to drive and exhibit the Batmobile at dragstrips and circle tracks all over the United States, an assignment Bill found to be both fun and rewarding when he saw how much the kids enjoyed it. Always the showman, Bill never turned down a decent appearance opportunity, nor the opportunity to sign autographs for the fans and remains still today as one of the legendary ambassadors of the sport doing keynote speaking at car club meets, and maintaining an advisor relationship with the NHRA Dean Moon was bitten by the ‘car bug’ at a very early age and began planning his future while still in high school, but unlike a lot of the young enthusiasts of the era, Dean didn’t just want to go quick and fast, he wanted to design, make and sell specialty performance parts.Not sure if my (new) motor mount was faulty or the 1-2 shift is a bit too violent ? To nominate a person for the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, please send a biography of the person and “why you think they should be selected for the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame” to the selectors.In 1964 Bill won the Winternationals again but this time driving Jack Chrisman’s four speed A/FX Mercury Comet. While he continued driving the factory ‘hot rods’, in 1965 Bill met George Hurst, (inventor of the HURST SHIFTER), and they quickly became good friends.And that same year he also won a National Speed Record at Inyokern Calif. Hurst had designed and had built what he designated to be an exhibition “rolling research laboratory” Plymouth Barracuda, he named THE “HURST HEMI UNDER GLASS”.Dean continued to help lead the Association for many years but also never stopped developing and producing new products to help the performance minded hot-rodders go quicker, faster and safer.
Dean was very instrumental in putting together the first United States Drag Team that toured England, parts of Europe and even landed in Australia in 1963.I have just over 1,000 legal miles on my 73 TCS since finishing her up.I added a MSD Ignition unit to help control detonation under boost.Bill accepted the driving assignment and the car was debuted for the very first time at the 1965 NHRA Springnationals in Bristol TN.While the plan was for ‘regular’ exhibition runs, only after replacing the original 8-inch tires with a new set of 10-inch tires, the car instantly became a “wheelstander”.