Jim Smart
April 1, 2009
Photos By: Dr. John Craft

John Slikkerveer, who would eventually become Field Racing Manager for Goodyear's NHRA Division, saw John's No. 28 car when it first showed up on the northeastern Ohio scene. Everyone knew it had been a Fred Lorenzen car at the time. Slikkerveer is a good friend of John's who shares a passion for vintage stock cars. It was via John that ol' Slikk became interested in stock cars at all. It was Slikkerveer who tracked this car down from owner to owner. By the time Slikk found this car, it had been raced into the ground and was wearing '70s Ford sheetmetal. Fortunately, it still had its 1965 cowl and that all-important Holman & Moody manufacturer's plate with "C5HM-10047." Remnants of Holman & Moody's Cashmere Blue interior color was still visible beneath spray bomb black and 30 years of racing crud. Slikk contacted John to ascertain the car's identity. John learned the C5HM-10047 number was one of the three Holman & Moody cars Lorenzen drove in 1965 per the records John has in his archives.

Though Slikk originally purchased the car for himself, persistent nagging (as John calls it) later persuaded him to sell the chassis to John. John began researching photos and documents related to the car. Pay dirt came when he was able to find images in his archives from the 1965 NASCAR racing season that included close-up details of the 10047 chassis. In 1998, Ralph Moody (one half of the fabled Holman Moody concern) reviewed John's photos and Ford paperwork, and, authenticated the chassis in writing. John took the finished Lorenzen No. 28 car to Ralph Moody for his inspection in 2003 prior to his death. Moody couldn't help but be impressed with John's craftsmanship and attention to detail. H&M No. 28 car team mechanic, Freddie McCall has also seen this car approvingly.

John's 10047 Galaxie is one of just three Daytona 500 winners from the '60s that is known to exist. It is the only chassis of the three that has been returned to its "as-raced" Daytona 500 trim, right down to the extremely rare new-old-stock Firestone "Stock Car 800" tires that it rolls on today. John's 427 Lorenzen Galaxie is authentic in every respect with the exception of Hooker Competition Plus headers mounted in place of the "unobtanum" Holman & Moody originals. John's 427 engine produces 505 dyno-tested horsepower, which is quite comparable with the power output the car enjoyed in 1965. Jeff Lynch painted the car in its original Wimbledon White color. NASCAR Hall of Fame Historian Buz McKim lettered the car the way old sign painters did in the good old days--with a brush and sign paint. Contingency decals that could not be purchased were painstakingly reproduced.

John's No. 28 car has been invited to significant events since its completion. It was at the Ford Centennial Celebration in 2003 in Dearborn, Michigan. It was also on display in the Ford manufacturer's display at the SEMA Show that year in Las Vegas. Without question, the coolest invitation came from England in 2004 when John was invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car was transported to Britain at Lord March's expense. John's historic ride was also invited to the Amelia Island Concours on several occasions and has won "Best of Class" at that prestigious event. The car has also been well received at the Hilton Head Concours in South Carolina the Keels & Wheels Concours in Houston. In 2005, the car was invited to run a parade lap at Daytona on the 40th Anniversary of Lorenzen's 1965 win.

John is hard at work on another Holman Moody Galaxie stock car, a '64 (#C4HM-10041) that he found in a Virginia field, where it had been sitting for 41 years. That car is destined for an authentic restoration to its original status. He's also working on the authorized biography of famed NASCAR and Trans Am team owner, Walter "Bud" Moore.