"One winter evening, while cleaning the cars, I started to check the body tag and discovered the car was the wrong color. It was supposed to be black with a black vinyl top. That worked out great, already having a black '68 Super Bee, so the Road Runner immediately was sent to American Auto Restoration to begin the transformation back to black."
While the body was being tended to, again by Bob Sikora, Denny sent the Hemi and accompanying four-speed to Chris DeSalvo of All Pro Automotive, who had also performed the drivetrain rebuild for the Super Bee.
Funny thing about the Road Runner's Hemi: Denny says the car ran strong from the day he picked it up. It wasn't until Chris tore down the 426 that he discovered all of the piston rings were broken in half.
Since the Road Runner was already in top shape, it didn't take long for this project to come together.
"Not having to hunt down many parts," says Denny, "Bob [soon] returned the black beauty to us, and Joe, Rick, and I started to assemble the Road Runner. After the Super Bee, this one was pretty easy.
"The first show we entered the Road Runner in was the Chicago Motorsports Challenge at Navy Pier in Chicago. It took First Place and Best of Show honors, so we were pretty proud guys to have assembled two show winners."
When we caught up with Denny Guest and crew at the '99 Mopar Nationals, it was quite evident that these boys were having a swell time, and basking in jobs well done. Of course, if you had the chance to tool around the world's largest Mopar gathering in two black-and-bad '68 Hemis, wouldn't you be feeling your oats, too?