Originally posted by Crazy Mopar Guy
Does anybody remember "High and Mighty", the 392 powered Plymouth that the Ramchargers team raced back in the 50's?
The car looked bizarre, but had a ton of racing innovations.
I think it was the first Ramchargers full bodied car there was? They won in "altered" class or something back in the late 50's with it.
That's right, Crazy, the "High & Mighty" was the first Ramchargers project. It ran in C/A and was powered by a 354 hemi with 392 heads. First outing was at the '59 Nationals, held, for the first time, at the Detroit Dragway, where it set best class speed for the meet. Texas' Billy Rassmussen won the class with his Dodge hemi powered car. The Ramchargers chose C/A because, with the exception of Billy's car, the class was dominated by Chevys. The Ramchargers car went on to set and reset E.T. and speed records in the class. Finally, the car was eliminated. No, not by anything powered by a Chevy, but by a little rules book. The NHRA introduced its crankshaft height rule and then changed the pounds per cubic inch from 8.6 to 8.0. With that heavy hemi engine, the first rule essentially made the car obsolete. It needed the high center of gravity to be competitive with the Chevy powered deuce coupes off the line. (It was the first car to be deliberately raised for more effective weight transfer. The valve covers were right up against the underside of the hood.) The second rule change allowed the Chevy powered cars to recapture the E.T. and speed records. (This is not to say that a modern Chevy engine couldn't exceed the specific output of that hemi engine built back in the fifties. But, that's a sword that cuts both ways.)
I was recently given the opportunity to review a press release which will be available in the weeks or months ahead. It tells of a group at Chrysler who are in the process of building a replica of the High & Mighty. This will be used for exhibition runs and, of course, to promote Daimler/Chrysler and its products. It will be as it appeared first at the '59 Nationals, ugly green primer and all.