Class: S/SA A/FX
In the early Spring of 1965 I defeated Argyle’s 426 aluminum head Hemi V8 Canadian Highlander S/SA at St. Thomas Dragway in a heads up race driving my A/ modified production Stage 3 – 426 Wedge ’63 Plymouth Savoy. Immediately after defeating the Argyle Canadian Highlander. I was offered the driving task from Bob Herron, President of Argyle Chrysler Dodge to campaign the Highlander for the balance of the 1965 racing season. I ran consistent eleven second runs with a Canadian National record in S/SA of 11.20 ET at 128.35 MPH.
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In 1964 Bob Herron of Argyle Chrysler Dodge placed an order for a new ’65 Dodge Coronet 2 door with a 426 Hemi and aluminum heads. This was the first 65 Coronet to be shipped to Canada with the 426 Hemi Engine and the new aluminum heads design. The Canadian Highlander as it was called was a custom ordered performance production vehicle. The car was shipped to Argyle’s Chrysler Dodge minus the headers and some parts. The mechanics at Argyle’s completed the car and made it race ready. In 1965 Ralph Algar, shop foreman for Argyle was the mechanic on the Canadian Highlander. Ralph prepped the car for me to drive and it performed very well in the S/SA and A/FX classes.
Did you know that Argyle’s was the first Canadian Chrysler Dodge dealership to have a performance car Clinic back in the Summer of 1965? The Clinic was conducted by Dick Maxwell Performance Adviser for Chrysler U.S. Bob Herron and his management group were all performance oriented car guys. I was amazed at how successful the car Clinic was at the dealership. The turnout was fantastic. With Chrysler U.S now conducting Clinics all through the States starting in late 1965, I could see the potential for car Clinics in Canada in the future.
1965 Indy Nationals, Oakdale CT – images provided by Charles Milikin Jr