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Holman Moody 64 Galaxie: Part 3

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64USACThis started out a few months ago as a post on “What Are You Working On?”. Since then, John Craft has finished this project. Unfortunately, it was also destroyed later in Texas Hurricane Harvey. If you don’t know John, he has been in the Ford Talladega camp for many years and even did a fabulous recreation of the Wood Brothers’ Cale Yarborough Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II race car many years ago. Although his most recent project is not one of the Aero Cars, it is part of the heritage that eventually brought NASCAR to the Aero Wars. John provided the following multi-part article and photos and we thank him enthusiastically not only for the write up but also for the restoration of this piece of Ford and Holman-Moody race history.

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Holman Moody 1964 Galaxie

Part 3: Holman-Moody

For the 1964 season, Holman Moody would ultimately build at least 24 cars (the exact figure isn’t known) throughout the year, both for themselves, and for customers. Their plan was to run two regular cars themselves, a Wimbledon White #28 Galaxie for Fred Lorenzen, and a Regency Purple colored #22 for 1962 Daytona 500 winner Edward ‘Fireball’ Roberts (so named because he’d been a demon baseball pitcher for the Zellwood Mud Hens).

Fred Lorenzen
Fred Lorenzen

In addition, the HM team entered a third, and sometimes fourth car, depending on the event. These cars would feature a variety of part time drivers, whose strengths were best suited to a specific track.

Fred Lorenzen
Fred Lorenzen

Throughout this post we reference this Holman Moody race car as VIN number (C4HM-10041), however, no number was actually assigned until late in 1964 after Holman Moody finished racing it. The demands of stock car racing increased throughout the 1960s. As a result, it became necessary for Ford to adjust its supply of base vehicles for its factory teams. In 1963, Ford supplied race teams with actual street spec cars that were driven off the Norfolk, Virginia assembly line. They were complete turnkey Q Code 4V 427 cars! However, in 1964, Ford supplied similar cars but without an engine or transmission. By 1965, they supplied only ‘bodies in white’, which were incomplete cars pulled from the assembly line prior to being fitted with items unnecessary for a race car such as heavy sound deadening, interiors, and factory body tags. It was at this point when Holman Moody began preparing for the 1965 season that they began applying HM specific identity tags. It was also at this time that this 1964 Galaxie was fitted with its HM VIN.

Continued in Part 4

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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