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 4/13: It’s 413 day—Celebrating the Max Wedge and the engine that won the ’62 Winternationals

The 413-cid Dodge and Plymouth raised-block (RB) engines were used in everything from 2bbl dump trucks to the dual-quad Maximum Performance Wedge "Max Wedge" race cars.
13 Apr 2021
David Kennedy
70th Anniversary of NHRA
Max Wedge and the engine that won the ’62 Winternationals
The first public testing of the 413 Max Wedge was a match race at Detroit Dragway between the Ramchargers Dodge Dart sedan and the 409-cid Chevy of 1962 NHRA Winternationals champ, Don Nicholson. The best-out-of-five race did not end in Dodge's…
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 4/09: It’s 409 day—The engine that inspired a song, and a legion of drag racers

“My four-speed dual-quad, positraction 409…” The 409-cid big-block Chevrolet V-8 is the engine made famous on drag strips across the country and celebrated by the Beach Boys’ 1962 song, "409."
09 Apr 2021
David Kennedy
70th Anniversary of NHRA
 4/09: It’s 409 day—The engine that inspired a song, and a legion of drag racers
It began life as the Turbo-Thrust 348-cid engine that debuted for the ’58 model year. It was referred to as the big-block V-8 when marketed alongside the 265-cid and 283-cid small-blocks or the inline-six 265-cid engines. Born in an age when…
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