Moonburst: Lost & Found

In the case of sizzling rods, customs and racecars, there’s one thing undeniably thrilling concerning the hunt. Once we see an outdated barn, an overgrown subject or a mysterious form beneath a canopy, our hearts begin to race. May it’s an outdated sizzling rod tucked away? A protracted-forgotten customized? Or how a couple of well-known racecar that has been put out to pasture. One of the best half is, for us in any case, that these machines will be saved. We’ve the instruments, the data and the community to do exactly that. It’s all a matter of getting them in the fitting fingers.

Right this moment’s characteristic takes a more in-depth have a look at “Moonburst,” an AA/Gas Dragster campaigned by Jack MacKay within the late-’60s. There’s some hypothesis over how a lot of a task the late Dean Moon performed within the venture, however his well-known Mooneyes appeared on the aspect of the automobile and trailer. We do know that the slingshot sported a Woody Gilmore chassis, Tom Hanna physique and a blown 392 Hemi. The mixture was good for quarter mile runs within the mid-six second vary at 226mph. By the early-’70s, the aggressive vehicles have been going rear-engined, so the dragster was offered. The video illuminates what occurs within the subsequent chapter…

Now that is considerably of a spoiler alert. So, when you have the time, I recommend you watch the video first. I’ll admit it’s a little bit unusual and will require some fast-forwarding. In any case, once I first noticed this video, I used to be anticipating the automobile to be full, assembled and nonetheless sporting its black and yellow livery. Why? I’m unsure. Possibly it’s as a result of once we hear these buzz phrases—barn discover—we think about machines that effectively, you recognize, ran when parked. Most of the time, that’s not the case, particularly for racecars. But once I heard the $90,000 price ticket for each the automobile and the Mr. Ed trailer, I hoped to see one thing a little bit extra substantial. As you may see, that wasn’t the way it performed out.

Both method, it was neat to look at a chunk of drag racing historical past get unearthed after sitting within the West Texas mud for many years. Who is aware of, possibly we’ll see it cackling in Bakersfield or Bowling Inexperienced within the subsequent few years right here. I can solely hope so.

Joey Ukrop

 Video by Jerry Heasley, opening photograph from the Dean Moon assortment