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A Horse With No Name

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What Pontiac Model was named in honor of the guy who set several records racing/testing Pontiacs?

Please name the Driver and the Car. Hint- was one of the longest running Pontiac name plates.

Chris

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You must be referring to the "happy village" Bonneville.

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The driver was Ab Jenkins (same guy who's signature appeared on the dash plaques of all supercharged '35-36 Auburn 851/852s denoting that each car had been tested @ at 100.8 MPH before shipment) and he drove the snot out of a '56 Pontiac Chieftan 2-dr sedan with the Strato-Streak V-8- with the 285HP dual-quad option. Averaged 118 MPH for 24 hrs and went as fast as 126. Also completed a run of 2841 miles... all at Bonneville.

A '56 Pontiac also won it's class in the highly-regulated MobilGas economy run, averaging 21.1 MPG.

BTW- the Chieftan nameplate did not last very long relative to numerous other Pontiacs; Chieftan: '49-58 inclusive. A variant on the name -Star Chief- went thru '66.

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Wasn't there one year in the Pontiac lineup where you could get a "Star Chief Executive" model? Seems like it was circa 1965 or '66. By '67, I think it had become just the "Executive" (long wheelbase model like the Bonneville, but with trim more like the Catalina/Ventura, right?).

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Right-O, NLX; the Star Chief became the Star Chief Executive in '66, and the plain ol' Executive for '67-70.

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21.1 average...

in a carburated, V8, BOF, all steel, large car with a drag co.ef. comparable to a Peterbilt. :D

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