Volume III, Issue 8, Page 7

YORK WAS MORE THAN RACING

While photographer Todd Dziadosz covered our Mopar action from Beaver Springs Nostalgia Race the last weekend in July, Mopar Max contributor Geoff Stunkard was on hand for the ‘rest of the story’ over the weekend as the photographer at the York US30 Reunion. The York Nostalgia Reunion and Musclecar Madness was held on the Friday and Saturday prior to the action at Beaver, featuring almost 200 cars indoors and another 400 or so outside. The event, sponsored by co-sponsored by York Traditions Bank and GGS Technical Publication Services, was hosted by Darwin Doll at the York Fairgrounds and is in its seventh year. Stunkard will serve up a dish from that event here; lots of guys came over from the Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals to enjoy a few hours of the York weekend as well.

Lets start with a look at the Mopar campaigners who entered the Legion of Honor in 2008; you will be familiar with most of them if you are a Mopar fan

Arnie ‘the Farmer’ Beswick is noted for his Pontaic efforts since the late 1950s, but did you know he drove competition Mopars not once but twice? Beswick campaigned a rare Hemi-powered D-500-1 1956 Dodge in ’56 and ’57, and also briefly ran an ex-Ramchargers Challenger funny car in the early 1970s following a fire. Most notable among those inducted for his notoriety was Herb McCandless, a legendary handler who won Indy in 1970 while running for Sox & Martin as well as other Pro Stock and Super Stock efforts. McCandless is still involved in the Mopar hobby on many levels.
1967 NHRA Super Stock World Champion Ed Miller was on hand for his award as well; Miller raced during the heyday of Mopar factory domination in both Super Stock and Pro Stock. Don Fezell had Miller’s winning 1965 Plymouth on hand (and NHRA was not happy that a two-year-old car had won its premier doorslammer title that inaugural 1967 season!). Longtime East Coast campaigner Kenny Montgomery, who has run Hemi cars continuously since 1965, was honored for his accomplishments, including several national event victories and records.
Dave Rietz, of the Sneden & Rietz funny car team, was another Mopar inductee; he and Tom Sneden ran for years under the Bob Banning Dodge banner in both the fuel and gas classes. Mr. 5 & 50, Jack Werst, was also among the ten people honored in 2008. Jack was backed by the Philadelpia dealers group and was an actual Chrysler employee during those years.