This is probably as good as it gets. Being friends with Dick Pierson and Tex and Marilyn Powell is already a privilege. They got me to meet Hershel and Sherrie McGriff, Doug McGriff, Pat McElreath and Richard Petty. Now Ray Nichels comes into the scene, as I could buy one of his legendary HEMI engines. Working on this landmark of NASCAR history is something of its own, that one needs to savour like a glass of 1982 Chateau Laffite with a good Havana cigar.
Our Charger has been running with a Ray Barton HEMI since 2006. Last year, we had to swap in the original Le Mans HemiWedge. This brought some original flavour to our Dodge vintage racing. Now, we'll take this historic feeling even further as, we were able to buy a real Nichels HEMI, which was in storage at Frank Griesser's shop.
Our racing season is over now, but we are alreday looking at 2014. Prior to Le Mans Classic, we aim to enter one or two CER races to test both men and the machine. CER is also the best place to evaluate the competition that we will encounter at LMC14. We hope to see you all again at Le Mans Classic next year !