Plymouth Barracuda BO29 Super Stock
Akron Arlen Vanke is one of the greatest Super Stock drivers of all time, making any car associated with him a piece of Drag Racing History appreciated by fans around the world. According to the seller*, this 1968 Factory Built Super Stock BO29 Hemi Barracuda is the original Eastown-sponsored Barracuda that endured to the final round and won the NHRA SS/B Eliminator championship Indianapolis in 1968. It was later to be painted with the White/Blue paint scheme it holds today. He reset the record again with a 10.61 at 140 miles per hour in the Barracuda in SS/A at the Winternationals in Pomona, California. Arlen campaigned the car for the following 2 years, piloting the car as he performed tire tests for Firestone in 1970. The restoration of this championship Barracuda by Le Hodge in 2004 was executed with Arlen’s involvement down to providing the motor and transmission, as well as the tires, shifter and tachometer that was originally used in the car when it was raced in the ‘60s. Hurst-built Hemi package cars like Vanke’s had taken the sport by storm, winning numerous events in the years after they arrived. The company created the Plymouth Barracudas (and Dodge Darts) under contract to Chrysler in the spring of 1968, equipping each with a crossram-topped Race Hemi engine, a choice of transmissions, numerous race-only parts and a disclaimer the cars were not legal for street use. This car was purchased new from Wilkes Motor Company by Arlen Vanke back in the day, is one of 70 BO29 Hurst Hemi Barracudas built and number 13 of 52 according to the Chrysler Registry report. Offered on a bill of sale as a race car, the original title in Vanke’s name, restoration photos and the Chrysler Registry visual inspection report are included.
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Source: Mecum Auctions as part of the Indianapolis event in May, 2015
Photo Credit: John Hollansworth Jr.