Ronnie Sox and the Sox and Martin Racing team epitomized the professionalism, dedication, and sometimes sacrifice that it takes to dominate a professional sport. As a team, the Sox and Martin list of wins and championships in multiple racing classes could easily fill this magazine article. As a drag racer, Ronnie Sox was possibly the best true driver to ever stage a race car. His starting line performance and his ability to row the gears of a four-speed were unrivaled in the sport.
Rather than simply writing about this noble cause, we here at Mopar Muscle decided that wi
If we could ask Ronnie what made the Sox and Martin team perform so well, he'd likely give credit to many, like partner Buddy Martin, mechanics Jake King and Dave Christie, as well as his teammates, sponsors, and many fans, before taking any credit for his own role. But that's just how he was. Ronnie was humble and giving, and those qualities are sometimes hard to find in someone with so much skill and ability. Don't just take this author's word for it; ask anyone.
So when Ronnie passed away in 2006 at the early age of 67 from prostate cancer, many of us lost a role model and a hero, though Ronnie never thought of himself as such. Ronnie Sox and the Sox and Martin team were an inspiration to many who raced with or against them, and the Sox and Martin team's red, white, and blue Plymouths serve as a visual reminder of how a professional image combined with the willingness to work hard, adapt, and learn, can lead to success.
Building a raffle engine for this charitable cause really brought out the best in the people we work with. Comp Cams, Holley, Eagle, Diamond and A&A Transmissions eagerly donated their products to the project, and Indy Cylinder Head stepped up to the plate, offering not only their parts, but their time and expertise to build and dyno this Hemi. Though the Hemi had to be race inspired as a tribute to Ronnie, we also knew that a streetable engine would appeal to a wider range of enthusiasts, so we decided to build the best of both worlds. With the plan and parts in place, Russ Flagle and Ken Lazzeri of Indy Cylinder Head got to work doing what they do best, building a tough, powerful, and reliable Hemi. Follow along and we'll show you what went into this worthy project, and be sure to visit ronniesox.com or stop and see the engine at one of this year's upcoming events leading up to the 2009 Mopar Nationals to purchase your raffle ticket. Not only will the money go to a worthy cause, but you might just win this powerful Hemi as a bonus!
In Ronnie's memory, his wife Diane and long-time friend Buddy Martin established the Ronni
There was really no choice when it came to building a raffle engine that would be a tribut
We visited Indy Cylinder Head while they dyno tuned the 426 Hemi for the Sox Foundation. W
Cast-iron cylinder heads were filled with 2.25-inch intake and 1.94-inch stainless steel v
|0-4235||’64–’65 426 Wedge and ’68 426 HEMI “right side” carburetor|
|0-4236||’64–’65 426 Wedge and ’68 426 HEMI “left side” carburetor|
|RHACRIM||Aluminum cross-ram intake|
|CLKH||Complete linkage for Holley carbs|
Indy Cylinder Head
MP BlockMP heads: 2.25-inch intake/1.94-inch exhaustIndy Rocker gear: 1.6 ratio intake/1.55 ratio exhaustFirecore spark plug wiresChampion No. 71 spark plugsMopar electronic distributor
|444037506760||3.75-inch stroke crankshaft|
|CRS6860C3D||ESP H-beam rods|
|24-292-4||Hydraulic, flat-tappet camshaft|
Nothing but the best parts were used for this build. For starters, how about a Mopar Perfo
To top this engine, nothing but multiple carburetion would suffice. Fortunately, A&A Trans
This Hemi was built with a 10.0:1 compression ratio, which ensures this motor will run gre
After breaking in the camshaft, Ken made a couple of easy pulls on the engine to break in
A pair of 770-cfm Holley Super-Stock, cross-ram carburetors was installed with light secon
Engine builder Ken Lazzeri from Indy Cylinder Head paid special attention to this engine,
Want to win this Hemi? It will be on display at several Mopar events this season leading u
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made at St. Jude have completely revolutionized the way the world treats children with cancer or other catastrophic pediatric diseases. At St. Jude, the research and patient care facilities are collocated under one roof, allowing some of today's most gifted researchers to perform their science more quickly.
St. Jude is a place where many doctors throughout the world send some of their sickest patients and toughest cases because they know St. Jude can often help. As a place where cutting-edge research and revolutionary scientific discoveries happen every day, St. Jude researchers are published and cited more often in high-impact publications than any other private pediatric oncology research institute in America. Having built America's second largest health care charity, the science at St. Jude never stops.
We encourage you to support the research and help the children of St. Jude by making a charitable donation either through the Ronnie Sox Foundation at ronniesox.com, or directly to St. Jude at stjude.org. By giving to St. Jude through the Sox Foundation, you'll know that your generosity will directly help our most important resource, our children. Ronnie would certainly be happy to know that his friends, fans, and supporters are helping a cause that was dear to his heart.