Some of you may not be familiar with John Craft but many of you will recognize the name from the early efforts years ago to create the first Talladega Registry and history. Dr. Craft no longer owns a street version of the Talladega but he does have a couple of related projects in his garage down in Texas.
The first is an original Bobby Allison
He has started the rebuild process and plans on keeping the Torino “pretty” (unraced). John told me, “Someone else can race it. I am thinking climbing in and out of a Torino F/B window will not be as much fun these days as when I had my Cale homage (and wasn’t quite so girthsome, ha!). The Galaxie has hinged doors!” You may ask, what Galaxie?, read on.
John looks tired but the new Fairlane body looks ready to meet its new chassis.
Now for the Galaxie. This is an original 1964 Holman and Moody chassis (C4HM=10041). It was originally the 1964 Holman Moody “House car” an “extra” chassis that H&M prepared for “celebrity” drivers and special needs. It was raced in NASCAR, USAC and SCCA (Sebring!) competition in ’64. Jabe Thomas bought if and ran it in ’65 and ’66. NASCAR driver Ned Jarrett actually scored points in it in ’65 when he rented it from Jabe for one race.
This is what the car looked like back in the day at the track.
After a “few” hours in the shop John now has the old Galaxie up on 4 wheels and wearing a fresh coat of Candy paint just like the original did back in the day. John does plan to race this car some but most of its future will be for show. I can’t imagine a paint job like this on the track.
This paint would put some show cars to shame!