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Little Red Wagon

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A famous Dodge A-100 pickup truck, originally built and driven by Bill "Maverick" Golden.

In 1965 at Lion's Drag Strip, Bill Golden and the Little Red Wagon introduced the drag racing world to wheelstanding.  The truck was scheduled to make an exhibition run down the track.  Seeing a pickup truck about to race by itself, many fans left their seats.  Instead of making a speed run down the track, the Bill Golden revved the engine and launched the front end ten feet into the air.  The truck was traveling 80 miles per hour before the wheels came back down.  After doing several more wheelstands, the fans rushed the track to surround the truck.


History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Automotive Industries page on 24 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Dodge Little Red Wagon is an exhibition drag racing truck first introduced in 1965 and was world's fastest truck at the time and first wheelstanding truck.

Builders Jim Schaeffer and John Collier performed extensive modifications to the Dodge A100 in order to fit a 426 Hemi engine and TorqueFlite automatic transmission.Dodge A100 Since the A100 was a cabover design, Schaeffer and Collier opted to install the drivetrain in roughly amidships, behind the rear of the cab, in the pickup bed, within a welded steel subframe.

Parts deemed unnecessary were removed from the body, among them the heater, dashboard, front bumper and all body sealer. The Little Red Wagon's first dragstrip run netted a mid-11 second quarter mile at 120 mph (190 km/h).

The vehicle was not originally intended to perform wheelstands; the slight rearward weight bias caused the nose to lift in the air for nearly the entire quarter-mile run. The truck was initially given to Dick Branstner Enterprises and Roger Lindamood to help sort out the ill handling and unpredictable truck.. The team's Dodge Color Me Gone entry had just won the 1964 U.S. Nationals. They enlisted Jay Howell as driver; and the first known photo of it doing a wheelstand has Howell behind the wheel. Chrysler's Director of Marketing, Frank Wylie, arranged for Super Stock Champion Bill "Maverick" Golden to purchase the truck.

Golden turned the A100 pickup into the very first exhibition wheelstander. The truck toured extensively throughout the United States and was frequently seen in television commercials for Dodge trucks. The Little Red Wagon debuted in the 1965 season opener at Lions Drag Strip in Wilmington, California in front of 10,000 fans and reporters from major newspapers and automotive publications.

The vehicle suffered three wrecks in 1969, 1971 and again in 1975. After the 1975 wreck, Golden converted a non-operable show truck and campaigned it for the next thirty years until he retired in 2003.

Golden entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 1977 with a 4230' (1289m) wheelstand, approximately the length of three quarter-mile dragstrips.

In 2009, the Little Red Wagon, built in 1975 to replace the original, was sold at RM Auctions Icons of Speed and Style Auction. The vehicle was expected to fetch US$300,000; it was instead the auction's top seller at $550,000.

In 2015, the original Little Red Wagon was sold to stunt driver Mike Mantel, also the current driver of the Hemi Under Glass wheelstander. Mantel has converted a 1965 Dodge A100 into a Little Red Wagon wheelstander to perform and tour with the original crashed truck on display.

It is also the subject of a 1/25 scale model kit from IMC and was later reissued by Lindberg Models.


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Little Red Wagon From the private museum of Greg & Kathy Mosley
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Little Red Wagon Model 1965
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Little Red Wagon Model 2005
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2012 Classic Plastic
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Little Red Wagon on Flatbed Model Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - IMC 107-200Dodge Little Red Wagon1:25 scale


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