Here’s a great article on one of Dean Moon’s best known race cars – his Devin bodied “Moonbeam.” I’m still looking for the first article to hit the stands with this car in it, and this may be it – time and additional research will tell.
The article is short but the captions for many of the photos are very detailed so I’ll repeat those as well in the story.
So get your coffee and turn down the tv. Let’s dig into the story from Cars Magazine about Dean Moon’s Devin bodied “Moonbeam.”
Moon’s Moonbeam (Cars, October 1961)
By Ed Sarkisian
This Sleek, Modified Sports Car Holds Records For The Quarter and Half-Mile Drags And Has Hit 185 MPH At The Bonneville Salt Flats
Dean Moon, builder of some of the West’s better show-go material, lived up to his reputation when he put together the “Moonbeam.” The Modified Sports car is a winner in either category. The car was built with record-breaking in mind, and it has done just that.
As an example, consider the following: Moonbeam holds strip records at Pomona, Henderson (Nevada), Riverside (1/4 and ½ mile), San Gabriel, etc. It holds the Modified Sports and the 1320 record of the American Hot Rod Association.
Speeds include a 134.75 quarter mile, 157.80 half-mile, and 169 plus at the dry lakes. On the salt at Bonneville, the car has averaged 180 mph and hit a high of 185 mph. Total weight of the Devin-bodied flyer is 2,000 pounds. As well as taking “go” trophies, the car has also won its share of show gold.
We’ll feature more about the Devin Moonbeam in future stories as we locate more articles. For now….
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…
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