The Chassis was original built
for Ed Schutz from Lompoc Cal by Tommy Ivo. It was the first
car Ivo built to sell. Rod Pepmuller did the welding, and Rod
told King he learned how to weld on this car. The front end is
a Kent Fuller. It originally ran under under Ed's Muffler banner
with Dave McKenzie driving. It had a Bob Sorrell Body with an
Easter egg paint job. It was featured in the first Drag Racing
Magazine with a cut-away drawing by Pete Millar.
Under its original team, the
car had won the #2 spot on the 1320 List. When Purchased by Charlie
Doss and Del Clayton the #2 spot went with it. It was purchased
less motor in early 1963. McKenzie had destroyed the last 392
that Ed Schutz had at Pomona a few weeks earlier.
Wayne King, the new driver, lost
the #2 spot in 1963 to the little blue home made Chevy dragster
of James Warren, Roger Coburn and Chuck Holloway.
When the car was campaigned by
Doss, Clayton & King it was powered by a 1956, 354Cu. In.
Chrysler engine. At one time it held most of the A Fuel records
at Southern California and West coast strips.
After a large wheel stand at
Lions in late 1963 they had the Ol' Man, Frank Huszar at RCS
lengthen it to the present 140" wheel base. It was retired
after the 1964 season.
In the pits at Bakersfield
Lions Drag Strip in 1964
Wayne King - "Doss-Clayton-King"
- AA/FD - Lions, 1964
Upon its retirement in 1964 the
car was sold to a party in Northern California. While traveling
to his engine machine shop one day, Gerry Steiner saw the front
wheels and axle of a dragster in a garage he had passed. Gerry
turned around to take another look see. He couldn't see the rest
of the car because it was under a pile of boxes. Gerry went up
to the front door and asked about the car. The car had been in
this garage since 1968. It was parked after the owner didn't
qualify for a Top Gas race at Fremont till this day in 1984.
The car was a complete car with
a blown 392, Scott injectors and Gold striped M & H slicks.
Gerry brought it for $2500.00. The motor had M/T aluminum rods,
stock stroke crank, .030 over Jahns pistons, Donovan gear drive,
Cirillo Magneto, A-1 block with 4 bolt mains and 2'' blower drive.
In two weeks Gerry, Brad Berger and Roger Lee rebuilt this Ivo
chassis-ed dragster into an alcohol burning Nostalgia Dargster
for the Hot Rod Drags at Fremont. It ran 7.98 at 192.78 mph.
In 1986 the car was sold by Steiner and ended up back with its
orginal driver and current owner, Wayne King.
It then went into into Wayne
King's garage where it remained until Steve Gibbs put together
a one time get together at Bakersfield. Yep, this car was at
the very first California Hot Rod Reunion in 1992. Since then
it has attended all but 3 of the 15 CHRR's. But then King make
it live and debuted the Doss-Clayton-King car in running form
at the 2002 CHRR. All was well until during a fire-up in the
pits Saturday a head gasket failed and the engine sustaining
other damage in the process. This put King on the sidelines losing
his chance to be in the Cacklefest that night. This was a great
disappointment to all.
The car was restored to its original
354 Chrysler configuration. It has the original compression,
a Howard camshaft (original grind), Van Charger blower, Isky
blower drive, Welded Donovan can, 2 disc Scheifer clutch, Joe
Hunt Magneto, Hilborn 4 hole Bug Catcher Injectors. The length,
tin work, and paint job are per original. The body restoration
was done by Jim Hume in Sedro Wooly Washington. Paint by Kingston
Collision of Kingston, Washington. Lettering with a real paint
brush and paint by Bob Thompson of Team Thompson.
King's long time friend from
Bakersfield Gary Guinn of Guinn Construction stepped up and made
it possible for the restoration to be almost completed.
Out of the rafters, the
old girl underwent the necessary repairs to live again.
Rounding up the proper parts
was no easy task but with his expansive resourses and old friends
things came together. The Greek coupler connects the engine to
the 49' Olds rear. The rare hydraulic throttle linkage came from
collector, Tom Wilford along with the C-T Automotive gas pedal.
King did much of the
For a static cackle on Friday
of the 2002 CHRR King (far right) put veteran drag racer and
journalist Don "The Wavemaker" Prieto in the seat.
In the pits on Sunday
King put a driver in the car that couldn't possibly hurt anything.
CHRR 2003 was a different
story as the car performed flawlessly.
Wayne King in the Cacklefest
Push start from the top
end a Cacklefest V.
Three old Northwest racers pose
in Tacoma, WA - Wayne King and Herm Petersen standing with fellow
cacklecar owner Pete Starrett in the seat.
In 2005 Wayne King (left) had
tinman-design wizard Jim Hume (right) put the finishing touch
on the car - the tail piece.
Kingston Collision in
Kingston, WA did the paint.
Bob Thompson finishes
the update with hand lettering.
CHRR 2005 - the car poses
under the main sponsors sign... Irv Guinn.
After adding the final touch
to the D-C-K car, the tail piece, King was back in 2005 for his