On January 21st, 1963, four Southern
California kids -- Ron Rivero and Norm Weekly of La Verne, and
Jim Fox and Dennis Holding from Pomona joined forces. The team
soon became known as "The Frantic Four". A name that
was derived from the team's incredible performances with a small
block Chrysler engine (354 cu.in.) and their "never say
die" attitude in the pits and on the track. In 1963 alone
the team established track records from Arlington, WA, throughout
California to Henderson, NV. Before they were done the 'Frantic
Four' moniker was a catch phrase throughout the United States.
Without question, one of the wildest and most photographed
wheelie shots was of Norm Weekly in the "Frantic 4"
A/FD against Don Moody in the "Golden Thing" AA/FD
at the 1963 Winternationals.
While the other 'heavy hitters'
of the time were running the bigger, more powerful 392 hemi,
the Frantic Four stuck with the "little" 354 hemi and
showed everyone that size didn't really matter. The team's accomplishments
became legendary including top speed of the meet at the 1964
US Nationals at Indianapolis (202.24 MPH). They also held the
Drag News #1 Fuel Spot with victories over such legends as Don
Garlits, Don Prudhomme and Chris Karamesines. See: Frantic
During the 1965 season, the team
campaigned two cars. One was a factory supported car from Chrysler
Corporation with a new 426 HEMI engine. This car was campaigned
throughout the United States and logged 85,000 towing miles while
compiling an 80% win record ... mostly in match race competition.
The second car was sponsored by Keystone Wheel Corporation of
Monterey Park, California. It was campaigned exclusively in the
eastern part of the United States and driven by George Van and
Ron Goodsell. This car ran a small block Chrysler engine and
compiled a 75% win record.
Eventually going their own ways,
over the years the guys held on to one common bond - that little
1962 Peppmuller car that put them on the map and established
their nitch in drag racing history. That's where this story begins.
Fast forward to 2000. After several
years of searching, it was determined that the original 1962
car was, like so many dragsters of the 60s, lost forever - probably
cut up for scrap or used for dune buggy parts. So Dennis Holding
decided to replicate the car and with the input and help of the
other team members (Jim Fox engine) - he did a fine job. From
start to finish the project took a year. Their target was to
make the 2001 California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield and in
their typical "frantic" way, they did. See: New
the first time in 38 years, "Stormin Norman" Weekly
smokes the tires in the "Frantic 4" A/FD at the 2001
CHRR. Needless to say, the SRO crowd went wild. Tim Hanaseth
Sense their reincarnation in
2001, the team has gone through some changes (just like the old
days). Due to other commitments, Dennis Holding sold the car
to Randy, Katie and Hal Hargrave. Jim Fox, who built the engine
now and then, is tied up with his business on the east coast
and unable to spend time with the car. That leaves Norm Weekly
and Ron Rivero to keep the legacy alive. Over the last three
years the pair has traveled thousands of miles, to numerous events,
thrilling an untold number of fans with static fire-ups and tire
smoking burnouts. They hope to keep busy for some time to come
"taking their act on the road" - and what an act it
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