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  • Based off the iconic 1957 Chevrolet 150, the ‘Black Widow’ was a proven NASCAR winner with its fuel injected motor. This specific ‘Black Widow’, known as the Ram Jester, was completed on March 1st, 1957 making it one of the first out of six constructed. Racing was frowned upon after the tragic accident that occurred at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans that killed more than 80 spectators. In turn, manufacturers did not officially support racing teams in the few years following. General Motors created, SEDCO (Southern Engineer Development Company), which allowed them to produce racecars off the books for NASCAR and drag racing in the late 50s and 60s. SEDCO was led by former lead race engineer of Hudson, Vince Piggins, and went on to produce the ‘Black Widows’. Piggins created an informational book, “1957 Chevrolet Stock Car Competition Guide,” on how to create the racecar for other teams to follow when creating their own Chevy 150 racecar.

    They were so successful, that they won several races and clinched the 1957 NASCAR Grand National Championship. The Black Widows had a winning formula due to a lightweight body, very similar to the Chevy 150, and powerful 283 fuel-injected engine. The racecars in NASCAR were not that much different than their road going variant at the time. The Black Widows had six-lug wheels, a different exhaust, and a larger gas tank for increased range. With all the winning that they did people thought the150s were unstoppable until May of 1957, when there was a large accident at the Virginia 500. Several spectators were injured, causing General Motors to become anxious and ultimately pull the plug on the SEDCO project. The ‘Black Widows’ dominated the sport so much, that it caused NASCAR to ban fuel injection.

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    • This is a link to the Black Widow that Hennery just finished, fortunately the original driver Rex White is still around. Interesting Rex actually worked for GM on the Black Widow project, so he was a great resource. This car has all the actual parts that were specific to to theses cars in 1957, it really is a time capsule.

      widow44.com - 1957 Chevrolet "Black Widow" - Rex White #44

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      2011 Drag Week (unlimited) 5th place 10.89 avg.
      2012 Drag Week (unlimited) 5th place 10.55 avg.
      all time best 10.27 @ 127

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        My hobby is needing a hobby.

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        • Bluebelle's pesky speed limiter strikes again.

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          • You're not in Tennessee anymore, Toto. Unless you're near Memphis.
            Ed, Mary, & 'Earl'
            HRPT LongHaulers, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.


            Inside every old person is a young person wondering, "what the hell happened?"

            The man at the top of the mountain didn't fall there. -Vince Lombardi

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            • Patrick & Tammy
              - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??

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              • Excellent !
                Did the Dive Drag Flaps Engage ? Click image for larger version

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                • Hey Stude - it's a Studebaker! A 1932 sitting right beside I-40 (which replaced Route 66) in the Petrified Forest National Park. It looks like it'll need some work, though...

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                  • Originally posted by pdub View Post
                    Hey Stude - it's a Studebaker! A 1932 sitting right beside I-40 (which replaced Route 66) in the Petrified Forest National Park. It looks like it'll need some work, though...
                    Pdub, your next “Red”?

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                    • Originally posted by Deaf Bob View Post
                      Pdub, your next “Red”?
                      I didn't see where to bolt the wheels onto it but Bluebelle and Unit enjoyed sitting over there looking at it.
                      Charter member of the Turd Nuggets

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                      • Originally posted by pdub View Post
                        Hey Stude - it's a Studebaker! A 1932 sitting right beside I-40 (which replaced Route 66) in the Petrified Forest National Park. It looks like it'll need some work, though...
                        Perfect Rat Rod !!!
                        And can haul a Family of 8,
                        or Several Rusty Iron Junkie Friend's
                        with Room to Bring Treasures back
                        from the Swap Meet!!

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                        • Anyone else miss Burnout Mondays?
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                          Tampa, FL

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                          • Originally posted by MadmanMark View Post
                            Anyone else miss Burnout Mondays?
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                            I do, but the price of rubber...

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                            • He gets cheap 275 60 15s and uses them all up in 1 burnout. The ones he used were purchased in 2019 and not used until this Sunday. They were near $100 each in 2019. I see they're at $145 now. Everything is more expensive and harder to get!
                              Tampa, FL

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