"It wasn't as dominant as the 1962 car at first, but in April, we got all these aluminum parts from the factory and the car started flying. It made a huge difference. I remember we had this big hassle because we still had manufacturer's plates on the car, which eventually led to a change in corporate policy to license the race cars to the individuals. That car still ran up a big win record, before the new parts were shipped to me. We won the first five races of the year at Pomona, lost the sixth with a carb linkage problem, and then won the seventh, eighth, and ninth before the Winternationals. We also took it to Detroit Dragway and set both ends of the track record which were held by the Ramchargers at the time-they weren't very happy about that! I was always legal-always-but everywhere I went I ended up getting protested and having to tear my car down.
"We won the Midwest Championships at Martin, Michigan-a race where everybody showed up-and beat Beswick's Pontiac for the title. Of course, they protested me and I had to tear down the engine, which was fine because I was legal. I remember Butch Leal, who was already a tough driver, showed up with his Z11 Chevy and decided to not even take it off the trailer that day; it was a super-serious race. That was the toughest that year. We ran that car for the whole season until I got my new car.
"Afterward, other guys drove it for me while I sorted out the new '64 car. Charlie Allen drove it to a win at the AHRA Nationals, and Dick Landy drove it for me at a couple of events, too. The thing made gobs of power. Allen and I took them up to this big race that AHRA's Jim Tice held up in Northern California. We ran four abreast there, and the final came down to me, Landy in his car, the Dutchman, and the Melanie Plymouth-all Mopars. This was a flag start, and I managed to win over all of these guys with my new '64 Max Wedge. Allen won A/Modified Production in the '63 using the traction system we had built for it; NHRA outlawed the system at the start of 1964-it was too good.
"Dodge wouldn't let us keep our old cars after the end of the season, so even though we were winning with two cars, I had to sell it by January of 1964. Any flat-tappet cam could be used in Super Stock, and we had Racer Brown grind us a special Max Wedge cam that he did just for us; nobody else could buy it. He did it again with the Hemi car I had the next year, and I still use that in the Little Red Wagon.
"I suppose I missed running Super Stock once I got the 'Little Red Wagon.' I was very competitive and had a lot of success racing other cars. Without boasting, I was the man to beat during some of those years. Frank Wylie had personally picked me for the 'Little Red Wagon;' he saw how big it was going to be as a promotional tool long before anyone else did."-Bill "Maverick" Golden