I admit that this Pic of the Week is not my own snapshot, but one by Rick Amado. The scene is the second Hotchkis Media Shootout at Buttonwillow Raceway Park here in California. I don’t remember the year, but it was probably 2003ish. Hotchkis Performance invited a bunch of magazine guys to drive their own cars in a competition of acceleration, braking, slalom, and open-track events. I remember that I won the late-model stock class with my ’01 Mustang Bullitt.
Matt King, who was then the editor of Car Craft, brought out his ’65 Biscayne with Hotchkis suspension, a Currie 9-inch, a T10 four-speed, and a GMPP RamJet 350. The car was pretty stiff, and with manual steering, hard to handle…as you can see here. Amado snapped a great sequence of King careering off the road in the big yacht. I only have this one frame in my collection, but he had about 7 shots showing Matt sawing at the rudder with the steering action coming in way too late to avoid the eventuallity seen here.
The ’65 subsequently rotted at Steve Dulcich’s farm for about five years and is now in the Freiburger collection. Those wheels (which are from the defunct Edelbrock line) started life on the original red CC Fireturd, then went to the Biz, and now live on Chad’s ’66 Bel Air wagon.