The ‘64 Ramchargers dragster (with the front mounted shocks) was
built by Dan Knapp. It was the first elephant motored car. Knapp received
the engine in the late spring of '64. He ran the car with a shorty body
painted Chrysler Orange until the ‘64 Nats where it showed up with a
nose and the candy striped paint. The ‘65 car was a Woody Flexi-flyer,
one of only five built, I have been told.
With respect to driver Don Westerdale, he never was a member of the
Ramchargers. He actually was employed by Ford Motor Co. at the Rouge
during this period. He had driven all three of Knapp and Chester Blazik's
"Double Troubles." He was the only one Knapp really trusted
driving. Westerdale became partners in ‘63 with Ray Gallagher in the Top
Cat dragster. When Knapp received the Hemi, he called on Westerdale to
drive. I believe Westerdale moved west in around ‘66 and Merek Chertkow
took over driving.
Chuck Kurzawa, who had a string of modified roadsters, was driving the
Smith & Goulet Probe in ‘66. When Phil Goulet became a member of the
Ramchargers dragster team, Kurzawa went over to drive the car.