1963 Dodge 330
Competition # 980

After the Candystick Wagon proved to a lost cause, an additional 330 Sedan was delivered to the RAMCHARGERS. Identical to their other car, the team was now poised to double their chances of winning at National Events. With the new Maximum Performance packages (Max Wedge) from Dodge and Plymouth being so dominate, there were ten times as many Mopars at the track as there had ever been.

A big number 980 would be applied to both rear quarter panels, giving this new Max Wedge Dodge its own identity. Distancing themselves with Eckstrand even further, the first 1963 car, now with its HODGES DODGES sponsorship replacing the Stanford Bros. logo, was re-numbered. Staying consistent with the new car, the original '63 was re-numbered 981 on the rear quarters. Driving duties between the two cars would be split between Jim Thornton and Herman Mozer. The team continued to run both cars through the 1963 season, filling their calendar with National events, Match Races, and tire testing for Goodyear. As well as renting Detroit Dragway on many Wednesdays for testing.

At the end of the 1963 season, as usual, the # 980 car was sold off in favor of the new, forthcoming model. Car 980 was sold to a racer named Frank Balgus who hauled it away from its home in Michigan. Seen at a few events over the next year or two, the former RAMCHARGERS Super Stocker held its own with the best of them. Then, like so many others, the Dodge slipped away and was lost to time.

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