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Remembering Jim Thornton, Dodge Performance Legend

Jim Thornton (Photo: Chrysler Historical Collection via We Were the Ramchargers)

On Monday, June 2, 2014, the drag racing world and fans of Dodge drag racing history lost Jim Thornton to an autoimmune disease and a rare form of cancer. He was 77. Thornton was the man behind the Super Stock and Factory Experimental Max Wedge and Race HEMI® vehicle platforms that carried racers to victory in the early and mid-sixties. Born in Richmond, Missouri, in 1937, Thornton — who served as race vehicle design manager at Chrysler from…

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Remembering Jim Thornton, Dodge Performance Legend

Reliving the Glory Days with Herb “Mr. Four Speed” McCandless

Legendary drag racer Herb “Mr. Four Speed” McCandless says it best, “when I drove for the Sox & Martin Racing Team, Ronnie (Sox) had the best job in the world and I had the second best!” We have to agree as Herb was right in the thick of the Super Stock and Pro Stock wars of the 1960s and early 70s. This was in an era when Detroit pulled out all the stops to win all the major NHRA national events. They knew a championship on Sunday would send…

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Reliving the Glory Days with Herb “Mr. Four Speed” McCandless