Direct from the USA, the famed Mooneyes dragster will be on display at the WA Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectacular as part of a three-stop Australian tour. Originally built in 1959 on a Dragmaster chassis, the dragster was used as a rolling, tyre-smoking business card for Moon Equipment Co.
Most well known for the iconic Moon disc (spun aluminium full wheel cover) and Moon tank, they also manufactured the front-mount Potvin blower as well as valve covers, gauges and accelerator foot pedals – all of which can be seen on the dragster. The car is a seasoned world traveller having competed in the UK in the early-60s and has run as quick as 9.52 @ 153.06mph over the quarter-mile, so it’s no slouch.
With the passing of Dean Moon in 1987 there was a real risk of the company fading away into history but thanks to the passion of a couple of Japanese businessmen – Shige Suganuma the Japanese importer of Mooneyes products – and his business partner Chico Kodama the company has gone from strength to strength and turned the business into a worldwide lifestyle brand while keeping the iconic speed equipment alive as well.
Both Shige and Chico will be attending the show, so make sure come on down, check out the dragster and say hi to a couple of dead-set hot rodding legends.
In case you’ve forgotten, the dates are Saturday June 16 and Sunday, June 17 at Claremont Showground, from 9am to 5pm both days. For more news and info visit wahotrodshow.com.au.