Cover photo from Hot Rod Magazine’s February 1972 article covering the Maverick [photo courtesy Peterson Archives]
“If you’re a header manufacturer, what better way to test and publicize your products than to run them on your own out of sight Pro Stocker,” read an article published in the February 1972 issue of HOT ROD Magazine.
The first Hedman Hedders Pro Stock Ford Maverick, campaigned by Kenny & Dick Hedman, was stolen the night of a big magazine awards banquet held at the end of the 1970 Indy Nationals. The motor was eventually found in a haystack in Greenfield, Indiana, but the body and chassis vanished into thin air, never to be seen again. Kenny Hedman, who is the son of Hedman Hedders founder Bob Hedman, would not let this setback end the team’s racing story, or hamper Hedman’s real-world product development. Kenny, Dick (Kenny’s brother), and the rest of the guys got to work on their next-generation race car— And the new “Hedman Husler” Maverick was reborn into Pro Stock competition.
The Hedman Husler Maverick hooks up perfectly [photo courtesy Peterson Archives]
Starting from the ground up, the Hedman brothers saw this as an opportunity to integrate what they learned from the first car into the new build. Read the rest of this entry →
Being a car guy in Southern California provides many opportunities for outdoor activities, and Huntington Beach racer, Chad Ryker, makes the most of the near-perfect weather.
With his Hedman-equipped Camaro, Chad autocrosses as much as he can. –In the SCCA, Optima’s Ultimate Street Car Series, NMCA West, or just practice days to improve his driving skills or dial in the car’s setup. In fact, he raced in 25 events in 2016, and 22 events this year. Taking into consideration that there were multi-day events, Chad, spent more than a full month racing each year! How awesome is that?
Chad, who became a proud new papa late this year, attended his first track day back in 2009. This year, he brought his wife and one-week old daughter to an NMCA Autocross event at Auto Club Speedway. His family only attends a handful of events during the year, so he was excited to have his wife and newborn join him at the track during one of the events.
Chad’s ’68 Camaro is loaded. Long Tube Hedman Husler LS Swap Headers support a transplanted 427 cubic inch GM LS3 built by Mast Motorsports. A Tremec T-56 transmission, TCI Engineering suspension and Ride Tech coil overs smoothly plant the red Pro-Touring Chevy on the ground. Traction is provided by a set of Falken Tires, and stopping the beast is handled by Wilwood disc brakes all around.
Matt Hunt has built a career on innovation, having built one of the first 1,000hp Toyota Supra street cars back in the 90’s. Matt was also the first guy to put a full-body Supra in the 10s when the Battle of the Imports programs were going on, so he is no stranger to power and performance. Over time, Matt noticed that as the import scene faded, the American muscle car culture was stronger than ever which led him to evolve his company from Under Pressure to Matt Hunt Muscle Cars (MHMC). Now he is building amazing street machines for members of the NFL, UFC and others. Read the rest of this entry →