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In addition to all of these activities, Dean was also a very accomplished photographer, lending his talent for this to various publications and associations over the years.
Before long Keith convinced him to bolt a blower on top of the engine which added to its showmanship appeal and allowed the engine not have to work as hard. It was during that time Bill met car builder George Barris. Bill put together a program in 1980 with the KNOTTS BERRY FARM Theme Park in Buena Park, CA, as a sponsor.
After the HURST Hemi Under Glass, in 1966 Bill put together a program with the Los Angeles/Orange County, CA, Dodge Dealers Association. Barris was the builder of the famed Batmobile, which he often displayed at various venues. DART to a rear engine blown Keith Black Aluminum Super Charged Hemi with a Lenco two-speed transmission, which added the distance and speed so the car could stay up on two wheels. He built a blown 426 Keith Black Hemi powered 1929 Ford panel delivery wagon, which he exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest, West Coast, New Zealand and Australia until his retirement in 1988 which insured his place in the history books forever.
Bill started his racing career in 1960 at Dragway 42 located in West Salem, Ohio.
Shortly after that he moved to California to drive cars for Mickey Thompson, the first being one of the six factory-built 421 Pontiac Tempest Le Mans Coupes.
George asked Bill to drive and exhibit the Batmobile at dragstrips and circle tracks all over the United States, an assignment Bill found to be both fun and rewarding when he saw how much the kids enjoyed it. Always the showman, Bill never turned down a decent appearance opportunity, nor the opportunity to sign autographs for the fans and remains still today as one of the legendary ambassadors of the sport doing keynote speaking at car club meets, and maintaining an advisor relationship with the NHRA Dean Moon was bitten by the ‘car bug’ at a very early age and began planning his future while still in high school, but unlike a lot of the young enthusiasts of the era, Dean didn’t just want to go quick and fast, he wanted to design, make and sell specialty performance parts.
Growing up in the Southern California community of Whittier during the 1940’s, put Dean in the very heart of the booming hot rod movement.
And that same year he also won a National Speed Record at Inyokern Calif. Hurst had designed and had built what he designated to be an exhibition “rolling research laboratory” Plymouth Barracuda, he named THE “HURST HEMI UNDER GLASS”.
The car was powered by an injected 426 Hemi coupled to a HURST 4-speed shifter with the engine resting over the rear end.
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.
Dean’s first race car was a 32 Ford Sedan which he soon began modifying for both improved performance and looks.