Dean’s first introduction into the performance market as a manufacturer was a multiple outlet fuel block that made installing multiple carburetors much simpler and was followed shortly by the introduction of the famous MOON Foot Pedal gas pedal.After that he seemed to be designing and producing one new product after another on a very regular basis.George’s plan was to get the HURST name in front of the racing world with the Barracuda and with Bill as its driver.Bill accepted the driving assignment and the car was debuted for the very first time at the 1965 NHRA Springnationals in Bristol TN.Still today, one of his most well-known and popular products is the MOON Wheel Disc, designed to not only add a sleek look to any car, it also added an aerodynamic effect helping to reduce air drag and adding top end speed.In 1963, what is now known as the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) was formed and was originally called the Speed Equipment Manufacturing Association.With individual braking for each rear wheel, Bill was able to drive the car straight with the front end in the air for the length of the track. Darts, three were stock bodied and the fourth was a funny car body.
Dean continued to help lead the Association for many years but also never stopped developing and producing new products to help the performance minded hot-rodders go quicker, faster and safer.
At this same time, they joined one of the premier car clubs of the area, the Throttle Merchants Car Club, of which they are still members some sixty plus years later.
In 1957, with the help of Frank Huszar and Arnie Roberts, Jeep started building his first ‘real’ race car while the pair continued to race the ’34 sedan.
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Bill Shrewsberry may be best remembered as “Wild Bill”, driver of the L. Dart wheel standing Dodge Dart, but before stepping into that seat, he drove a series of Funny Cars for Mickey Thompson, Jack Chrisman and other such distinguished owners.