Cover photo from Hot Rod Magazine’s February 1972 article covering the Maverick [photo courtesy Peterson Archives]
“If you’re a header manufacturer, what better way to test and publicize your products than to run them on your own out of sight Pro Stocker,” read an article published in the February 1972 issue of HOT ROD Magazine.
The first Hedman Hedders Pro Stock Ford Maverick, campaigned by Kenny & Dick Hedman, was stolen the night of a big magazine awards banquet held at the end of the 1970 Indy Nationals. The motor was eventually found in a haystack in Greenfield, Indiana, but the body and chassis vanished into thin air, never to be seen again. Kenny Hedman, who is the son of Hedman Hedders founder Bob Hedman, would not let this setback end the team’s racing story, or hamper Hedman’s real-world product development. Kenny, Dick (Kenny’s brother), and the rest of the guys got to work on their next-generation race car— And the new “Hedman Husler” Maverick was reborn into Pro Stock competition.
The Hedman Husler Maverick hooks up perfectly [photo courtesy Peterson Archives]
Starting from the ground up, the Hedman brothers saw this as an opportunity to integrate what they learned from the first car into the new build. Read the rest of this entry →
Being a car guy in Southern California provides many opportunities for outdoor activities, and Huntington Beach racer, Chad Ryker, makes the most of the near-perfect weather.
With his Hedman-equipped Camaro, Chad autocrosses as much as he can. –In the SCCA, Optima’s Ultimate Street Car Series, NMCA West, or just practice days to improve his driving skills or dial in the car’s setup. In fact, he raced in 25 events in 2016, and 22 events this year. Taking into consideration that there were multi-day events, Chad, spent more than a full month racing each year! How awesome is that?
Chad, who became a proud new papa late this year, attended his first track day back in 2009. This year, he brought his wife and one-week old daughter to an NMCA Autocross event at Auto Club Speedway. His family only attends a handful of events during the year, so he was excited to have his wife and newborn join him at the track during one of the events.
Chad’s ’68 Camaro is loaded. Long Tube Hedman Husler LS Swap Headers support a transplanted 427 cubic inch GM LS3 built by Mast Motorsports. A Tremec T-56 transmission, TCI Engineering suspension and Ride Tech coil overs smoothly plant the red Pro-Touring Chevy on the ground. Traction is provided by a set of Falken Tires, and stopping the beast is handled by Wilwood disc brakes all around.
The Hedman Performance Group had a busy booth this year at the 2016 SEMA Show. Aside from the displays filled with awesome new parts, one of the biggest reasons for the popularity was the unveiling of the PCHRODS “50/50” Camaro built by Rob Phillips. We also debuted lots of new parts that help make your ride faster and perform better. Von Hot Rod joined in the fun as well this year, greeting fans and pinstriping items for them as well as helping with the giveaway of his two custom-built Hedman Hedders lamps. Read the rest of this entry →
Hot rodding is all about expressing your creativity and passion. Some people like to create vehicles with wild powertrains that attempt to increase the rotational speed of the earth every time they hit the gas, while some take a more artistic approach and use a car as a rolling canvas to create things never before seen. Famous car customizer Geroge Barris was one of the first to create these wildly modified and styled vehicles back in the 1950s and ’60s. Today, Gary “Chopit” Fioto of Chopit Kustoms is keeping this tradition alive with his wild, one-off creations like the Beatnik Bubbletop. Read the rest of this entry →
Hedman Hedders is bringing its 60 years of All American Horsepower to the remaining eight events of the 2015 Hotchkis Autocross Series presented by Nitto Tire.
Racing season has just begun and the first two Hotchkis Autocross events have already been tremendous successes. Each weekend the autocross course has been packed with drivers eager to show off their rides and their skills behind the wheel. Some of the biggest names in the automotive aftermarket have already partnered with Hotchkis on the series, and now, with some of the biggest events of the year still to come, Hedman Hedders has signed on as the event series’ newest sponsor. Read the rest of this entry →
Choosing the right set of headers can be a daunting task, and there are a number of things that need to be considered when choosing your headers, to make sure they are compatible with your engine/chassis set up, and meet your power goal. Is the vehicle going to be used on the street or for racing? Is the engine the factory engine for the vehicle? Are the heads of a factory configuration or are they aftermarket? Luckily, Hedman’s National Sales Manager Lee Robinson spent time with Summit Racing to make a video that teaches you what you should know to confidently order a set of headers that will fit right– the first time.
After watching the video, click the link below the video window to open a complete list of important things to consider, when choosing your next set of headers.
Nostalgia drag racing has been rapidly growing in popularity over the past several years thanks to its crowd-pleasing, tire-shredding, nitro-burning dragsters. Started by the preeminent sanctioning body in drag racing, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series is all about keeping the history of the sport alive and introducing a new generation of fans. The 2015 season opener at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho was full of close racing that came down to a battle between two Hedman Husler-equipped vehicles – War Horse and Teachers Pet. Read the rest of this entry →