Arnie Beswick's "Mystery Tornado" '64 GTO and longnose '66 GTO racing at Cordova Dragway 6-26-10
This match race took place during the 2010 NostalgiaFest at historic Cordova Dragway, in Cordova, Illinois and was the first of two races by the pair. The '64 car is a clone of the original "Mystery Tornado", while the '66 car is the restored original racer driven by Arnie Beswick during the 1966 and '67 seasons. Both cars ran in the 11 second range.
PONTIAC - "The Super Duty Story" Part 1 of 3
Pontiac had an SD engine program in the late 50s early 60s, and
later/briefly again in 1973/74 with the SD455. This video is regarding the
FIRST Super Duty program.---In only a few years time during the late 50s
early 60s, Pontiac MORE THAN DOUBLED their V8's horsepower output (described
in this video), while using/keeping the same V8 engine block they used thru
1955-81. Even though the same block was kept, from 1955-62 the cubic inch
displacement grew much larger than the initial 287 cuber it started as in
1955. It grew to a 317 347 370 389 and finally a 421 cuber in 1962. It
eventually maxed out at 455 cubes in 1970. By 1970 ALL the other GM
divisions were producing engines at 454 or 455 cubes (500 for Cadillac).
PONTIAC WAS THE ONLY DIVISION still using the same block they used in the
1950s on engines that had a much smaller displacement -- 287 cubes. The
1955 287 displacement would remain the smallest displacement ever used in
the Pontiac V8 block all the way until 1980/81 when a 265V8 was produced.
Since less durability was required for the smaller displacement, the block
was decked/butchered/lightened on the 265/301v8s of 1980/81. Prior to 1980
the block had never been decked/butchered/lightened. The 1980/81 265/301v8
blocks were about 200 pounds lighter than the 1955-79 blocks, and only 25
pounds heavier than a Buick 231V6.
PONTIAC - stock Pontiac Super Duty 421v8/405hp vs stock Chevy 409v8/409hp on DYNO
WATCH THE VID TO SEE HOW CLOSE THEY Dyno TO THEIR FACTORY
405hp/409hp ratings. Growing up.....Pontiac/Oldsmobile old timers/EXPERTS
who taught me most of what I know, often told me Chevy rated their horsepower in a more
optimistic way than say Oldsmobile or Pontiac. I've even heard Pontiac
rated/tested their engines in a 100 degree room, compared to Chevy in a 60
degree room. These Dyno results seem to reflect
that some of what I heard was true. Both of these engines are great, but
the results do seem to show that Pontiac was not rating their horsepower worrying if it
would cause "songs to be written" about their engines .... like the great
song "She's real fine my 409"--(Chevy).
The most famous '64 GTO in the world
This is the very same 1964 Pontiac GTO that Car and Driver pitted against a
Ferrari GTO in one of their most famous comparison tests of all time. The
Pontiac had secretly been tuned by Royal Pontiac and featured a 421 ci
engine in place of the stock 389. Pontiac's Jim Wangers was behind this
test car and often street raced it on Woodward and in Chicago back in the
Mr. Norm's Grand Spaulding Dodge
Everything changes; that includes the '60's and very early 70's muscle-car
era during which Norman Kraus, aka "Mr. Norm", rocketed to fame on the
basis of his car dealer, Grand Spaulding Dodge, which was the first to put
a 383, 440 and 426 Hemi V-8's into the boxy Dodge Dart and created a
performance legend in the process.
Yes, he's still alive; yes, he's still designing cars. If you saw his 600
hp Super Challenger at the L.A. or Chicago Auto Shows or at this year's
SEMA show, you know he's still got the touch.
Redneck drag racing
we closed down the track for the winter so we were playing in the parking
Pontiac 1964 GTO 428 Pro Street
Show Quality PHS Documented
Just completed total restoration (less then 500 miles, all receipts), never
raced award winning, show quality 1964 Pontiac GTO (PHS documented),
ProStreet 428 (compression 9.6:1, 517hp). Complete engine build by Joe
Boghosian (chief mechanic for Dan Gurney, Indy winner 1960s). Since then,
Boghosian Racing has been building winning engines across the nation.
Glove box door has been signed by Joe B.
Headers by Dougs
turbo 400 Transmission built by John
TCI Flex Plate
B&M 3000 stall converter
Mini hi-torque starter
Flow Cooler aluminum water pump with stainless inner plate and stainless
Custom designed Exhaust system by
Custom designed Ram Air Intake system by Shuken Racing.
QTP Electric cutouts.
Exhaust system ceramic coated.
Custom made Aluminum radiator.
Billet water recovery tank with billet thermostat housing.
All new wiring provided by EZ Wiring. All wiring wrapped in nylon cloth.
Flex-a-lite 3000 cfm thermostatically controlled fan.
Proform HEI distributor.
Holly fuel pump, with stainless braided fuel lines and AN fittings.
Sheet metal work including cage, back halving, installation of Ford nine
inch completed by Ruth Enterprises, Richard Ruth owner. Richard is famous
for his build of the 55 Chevy for the movies Two Lane Black Top and
456 Detroit locker Ford nine inch.
Twelve point roll cage.
Ladder bar suspension.
Adjustable rear coil overs.
Disc brakes in front, drum (powder coated) in rear.
Wheels fully polished Centerlines.
Mickey Thompson tires, 31x18.5x15 rear. Front 26x7.5x15.
All original stainless except new door seal plates and rocker panels.