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RE: [Chrysler300] Fwd: Hemmings Daily: McPherson auto restoration program to celebrate 40 years with Kiekhaefer 300C



Hi Chuck Hill,
There is an article about your Kiekhaefer 300C which had Imperial front spindles that you sold to Wayne Graefen. I remember seeing it in your garage in the 1970’s. The article does not mention your name as the one who sold it to Wayne.
Hope you can attend the National WPC Meet in Tacoma at the Best Western Hotel next to the American Car Museum August 15-20. It includes a tour to the private family home of the LeMay Family Collection of 300 cars, tractors, and trucks and the nearby Marymount collection of 1,700 cars. We will be showing our 1957 300C.
John 
One of four that Kiekhaefer bought to race that year, the 300C hardtop is one of two he had modified with stiffer convertible frames, Imperial suspensions, boxed front crossmembers, and high-output exhaust manifolds and special camshafts for the 390-hp, 392-cu.in. Hemi V-8s. Kiekhaefer reportedly intended to take the two to Elkhart Lake to compete in the fledgling NASCAR road racing series, started the year before, but Bill France – with whom Kiekhaefer frequently butted heads at the time – canceled not just the race but the entire series.
The two cars then reportedly became personal street cars for Kiekhaefer and his chief engineer, Charles Strang. The charcoal example that Strang drove eventually got traded in on a Cadillac, but another Kiekhaefer employee, Frank Hartman, spotted it on the Cadillac dealer’s lot and took it with him to California in 1960. Wayne Graefen spotted it in Anaheim in 1991, complete with the documented Kiekhaefer alterations, and has since trusted its restoration to Tim Bowers, owner of Stellar Automotive Restoration in Windom, Kansas, and a former instructor at McPherson.
  
Today's Hemming's e-newsletter article on Kieckhaefer 300-C 
Noel 
Photos courtesy McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club. Big anniversary party coming up for McPherson College's auto restoration program, so of course they've planned a celebration. Instead of cake, though, the students in the program have decided to show off one of their latest restoration projects - a Chrysler 300C that Carl Kiekhaefer had modified for a NASCAR road racing series. First, some background. In 1974, Garrison Haines "Smokey" Billue sold his LPG storage company for $10 million (about $77.6 million in to 

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Posted by Daniel Strohl - Photos courtesy McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club. Big anniversary party coming up for McPherson College's auto restoration program, so of course they've planned a celebration. Instead of cake, though, the students in the program have decided to show off one of their latest restoration projects - a Chrysler 300C that Carl Kiekhaefer had modified for a NASCAR road racing series. First, some background. In 1974, Garrison Haines "Smokey" Billue sold his LPG storage company for $10 million (about $77.6 million in to...  <https://www.hemmings.com/r/ct/NDk4MDQ5Ojc3OTY1NzkxOm55a05FUGlSMjFj/www/blog/2017/04/18/mcpherson-auto-restoration-program-to-celebrate-40-years-with-kiekhaefer-300c/?refer=news> Read More


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