The John Petrie Canadian Highlander (1965 Coronet)

Class: S/SA A/FX

Cars-JPHighlander4During the late fall of 1965 I purchased the Argyle’s Canadian Highlander.  I renamed my car “The John Petrie Canadian Highlander” for the 1966 season. My goal was to make the Coronet faster and more entertaining car for fans to enjoy. My Highlander ran as an A/FX class nitro-burning Hemi. It was a stock bodied vehicle with no alterations. The 426 Hemi delivered tons of power when running on Nitro. I remember running a 9.96 ET at 150 MPH: that was a great ride for a standard A-990 bodied race car. I wanted to run the car as an exhibition match race vehicle and not as an S/SA, E/XS or an A/FX class car. When racing on weekends I realized I was able to add weight to the rear of the car and turn the Highlander into a wheel standing exhibition car. When I ran the car as a wheel stander, the fans loved the show I put on. I fondly recall those times and appreciated the fans’ support.

Thanks for the memories.

Competition Classes 1966

S/SA – Stock class competition 2/4 barrel carbs, fuel gas, weight 3300 lbs.

E/XS – Stock class competition 2/4 barrel carbs, fuel gass, 3300 lbs.

A/FX – Factory experimental, Hilborn injectors, fuel nitro, 2900 lbs.

A-990 – Stock body ’65 Coronet (Quarter mile wheelstander), Hilborn injectors, fuel nitro, 3200 lbs (approx)

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8 Responses to The John Petrie Canadian Highlander (1965 Coronet)

  • Darwin Doll wrote on March 20, 2014 at 6:40 // Reply

    Truly a look back at a pioneer of drag racing’s history.

  • Robin McQueen wrote on March 20, 2014 at 7:01 // Reply

    A fantastic website! Thanks to those of the Petrie crew for finally getting this information out there! A job well done!

  • Doug Boyce wrote on March 26, 2014 at 12:33 // Reply

    Thank you for putting this page together. Its great to see that once again John is getting the recognition he deserves.

  • Mike Lacelle wrote on March 28, 2014 at 8:51 // Reply

    I build car models of your car

  • Dave Robertson wrote on April 17, 2014 at 8:17 // Reply

    Hey folks.. Just having a morning coffee looking at old Dodges and just about fell out of the chair when I stumbled onto your page… I believe I currently own one of Mr. Petrie’s old 65 Coronets.. It was formally named The CarCrafters Dodge.. then was sold and became The ShineRunner.. Tx d

    • Robin McQueen wrote on October 6, 2014 at 12:13 // Reply

      Dave, I’ve been told that the Argyle Canadian Highlander ended up as a cast-off body in a field near Toronto, many years ago.

  • hugh.graham wrote on October 21, 2014 at 9:29 // Reply

    he is a blast from the past thanks

  • James wrote on November 15, 2014 at 12:17 // Reply

    Great and informative site! Good to see John Petrie getting the exposure he deserves! Thanks to the John Petrie crew for making this happen. Finally the real truth instead of hearing it thru unreliable outside sources!

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