Somewhere I still have an old magazine article entitled, "Beware This Clipper!" or some similar title. About a dual-quad V-8 car that was what we used to call in the 1950s "souped up". But with today's multiple terminologies that muddy the waters about what everything is, I'm not sure what the modern translation term would be now.
Anyway, I was going through some photos recently and remembered these pics I took of a retired 1956 Patrician race car that ended up at the old Packard Doctor ranch in the SoCal desert back in the 1970s. This car was lightened, and while it is VERY difficult to see unless you study it, the entire front end was narrowed about seven inches in the width between the headlights (less wind resistance). A long v-shape was sectioned down the middle of the hood to subtly narrow it. And the front fenders were shortened and wheel openings radiused. The inner fenders were completely removed and skinned in aluminum. But every effort was made to keep a semblance of stock appearance to this Patrician.
I certainly don't know for sure, but I was told that this car was campaigned in Pan American races and Baja races during the 1950s. There were other cars I once knew of that were raced or "souped up" way back when... so I hope these photos will vindicate at least SOME of those memories!
A long time back I made a response to a fellow on the internet who insisted that there could not possibly have been any serious racing efforts with 1955-56 Packards. His claim was that no one was racing these cars and went on to say that no racing equipment was available. When I said he was mistaken on both points, I got a rather nasty response posted stating that I must be "blowing smoke". Ahhhhh the internet.
- Extensively modified engine compartment of the racing Patrician. Note the use of aluminum inner fender sections.