Thursday, March 17, 2016

The "Mr. Luckey" Top Fuel dragster ended up being not so lucky for owner Ray Luckey. It never ran in this configuration, with this livery, or even in this country.

 It seems the dragster was not Ray's at all but rather his son's. Ray owned a Chrysler dealership in Terrell and gave the used-car portion of the enterprise to his son, who quickly started sending large checks to engine builder Ed Pink for a state-of-the-art, no-holds-barred, 225ci Top Fueler.

 Besides the all-star triumvirate of Ed Pink, Don Long, and Tom Hanna behind the build, the car was painted by Cerney and lettered by Tom Kelley, who tied the finishing bow on the potent package.

Once the elder Luckey saw the used-car portion of his dealership bleeding red ink, he had it audited, whereupon the $35,000 in checks to Pink became the obvious dollar drain. Pink got the call to sell off the complete package—including the trick enclosed trailer—and after paying everyone involved, to send what was left to Luckey Chrysler post haste.

About this same time, Mr. "Soapy Sales" Larry Huff was in quick need of a new fueler for a batch of match races Down Under in Australia. A deal was struck and soon Huff sent the slingshot by boat to the land of stickybeaks and screamers with "Soapy Sales" in place of "Mr. Luckey" lettering on the nose and a 392 Hemi in place of the 426, fulfilling his roo racing obligations with the fashionable fueler.

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