The car was the brainchild of four racing friends; Ed Murray, Gary Hensley, Rod Hahnemann, and Dave Craddock of Preform Resources.
"We decided to pool our energies into one effort with the goal of reaching the Runoff in Atlanta," recalls Rod Hahnemann.
"There was a group of Formula 4 cars from Canada that raced at Waterford [Hills Raceway] and Ed thought, 'Why not put one of those new Honda V4 Interceptor motors in one
and run it in Formula Continental?'"
Ed Murray "did some research and learned that there was a chassis available, ... but never completed. The car was designed as a Super Vee by Eric Seacrist, owner of EXPIT
Cars in Wireton, Ontario, who built many of the Formula 4 cars." Rod comments that Eric "was a true craftsman and probably one of the best engineer / fabricators I have
Ed and Ron went to Wireton in October 1982 and Ed made a deal for the chassis. They would supply and engine and Eric would complete the chassis.
Gary Hensley was the co-owner of Motion Honda in Detroit. He "arranged to borrow a V4 Interceptor from another dealer" and it was delivered to Eric Seacrist's shop to
install in the chassis.
A Change of Plans
Once the V4 Interceptor was at EXPIT Cars, it was discovered that the engine rotated in the wrong direction! So, the plans changed dramatically. Formula Continental was out. Now
the group would build the car for D Sports Racing instead using the 900 Honda out of Gary's AMA Superbike.
Rod recalls, "I think it was Ed and Dave that came up with the idea of pulling a mold off Ed's Nacra 18 Catamaran boat hull to use as
a model for what became to car's sidepods. It goes through water fast doesn't it? Low drag!"
"We were were going to use the original XPIT center section, but Dave came up with McLaren's 1982 Indy March/Buick center section,
from Teo Fabi's ride, that he borrowed to take a mold off of." Dave says, "We were doing some repairs on it and I asked Wylie if we could take a shot off it. He said, 'I
don't care long as you don't hurt it!'"
"The body ended up being a three piece affair. The sidepods could be removed for access to the fuel cell, oil cooler, suspension, etc. The center section, including the
nose and tail came off in one piece. No wings, but aluminum covers over the front suspension. The rear wheels were within the sidepods. Originally there was no radiator as the
Honda 900 was air cooled."
Rod further recalls, "Gary and I made a few modifications to the motor. The two main ones being a dry sump oiling setup and a change of carburetors. The dry sump involved
making a new oil pump from two wet sump units. The other carb change required fabricating a new intake maniford to accept two 40 DCOE Weber carburetors.
The car was chain drive, using an open differential developed and built by Eric Seacrist for Formula 4."
"Ed ran the car starting with a club race at Waterford Hill in April, 1983. He broke the DSR lap record and finished first overall in each of the weekend's three races,
including the feature where he bested all of the GT1 cars. Needless to say, the car's appearance drew a crown.
After the initial outing, we entered and won Regionals at IRP and Waterford, and then went to our first National at Mid-Ohio. There we met up with Jeff Miller, AL Beasley Sr.,
and Chuck Rupert among others. We didn't win (which was a reality check), but finished the race third or forth. We realized that the car was a bit underpowered and needed some
We did have a fair season in 1983 with a second at the IRP National, a first the Grattan National (I think the first National DSR win on Hoosiers) and a third at Blackhawk.
After Blackhawk we were qualified for Atlanta, but a late season crash at Waterford sidelined the car. "
On from There
"We started the 1984 season at the IRP National where a GT1 car decided to eliminate Jeff Miller and Ed from the race in turn 1. That was our last National.
We subsequently rebuilt the car with a Kawasaki 900 Ninja and Ed ran it in club events until selling it to Charlie Brown at the end of the 1994 season. I believe Charlie ran the
car for a year or two before buying a car from Beasley.
We last saw the car at the first Runoffs at Mid-Ohio (1994). The body had been modified (mostly the shape of the sidepod noses) and I believe it was Yamaha powered. I think
Charlie Brown had switched from Kawasaki to the Yamaha."