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This Plymouth Arrow bodied flopper is the last in a long series of Tennessee Bo-Weevils dating back to the 1950's.  This car is proudly displayed in Ray Godman's current business in operation since 1977, Godman High Performance.

 

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Plymouth Arrow Bo-Weevil
Bo-Weevil's Hemi power Plymouth Arrow Bo-Weevil

Ray Godman was a successful stock car driver in the late 1940's tearing up tracks like Fairground Speedway and Riverside Speedway.  A sniper's bullet in the Korean War in 1951 may have slowed Godman down, but not by much.  About that time, drag racing was beginning to take hold in Tennessee which interested Godman.  

He found an ad in HOT ROD magazine placed by Wally Parks, founder of the NHRA.  Wally Parks was looking for 'racing advisors' east of the Mississippi.  Parks was trying to promote the sport of drag racing and the NHRA nationwide.  Ray wrote Parks asking for information.

The NHRA Safety Safari, an organization appointing regional advisors to find racing areas, contacted Ray.  Back in 1947, the "Memphis Rodders" organized with Ray Godman as one of it's original members.  It was with the help of these members that the first sanctioned drag race was held at an abandoned air base in Halls, Tennessee in 1955.  After this event Ray was made an official NHRA advisor.  The Memphis Rodders then pooled their earnings to buy equipment and a truck.  They transported all the equipment, setup and ran meets.

Ray and driver Red Dyer attended the first NHRA Nationals in Great Bend, Kansas in 1955.  They won class running a flat head 27-T Ford roadster.  Ray's cars participated in the Nationals for the next 27 years.  Ray Godman was a partner in the construction of Lake Land Dragway which opened July 4th, 1960.  (Lake Land was eventually changed to Lakeland in the '60s)

Godman campaigned cars in T/F, AA/FC & AA/MR with the following drivers: Jim McCrutchen, Preston Davis, Larry La Due, Sonny Adkins, Bob Gibson & others. Godman participated in the first NHRA Nationals in 1955 and had a perfect Indy attendance record through 1970. Sixteen consecutive years!

National DRAGSTER
The Bo-Weevil at the 1970 Gatornationals.

 

  Raymond Godman's Tennessee Bo-Weevil.     Raymond Godman's Tennessee Bo-Weevil.     Raymond Godman's Tennessee Bo-Weevil.
Sonny Adkins at the wheel at Lakeland. Top Fuel was Godman's forte until 1972 when the switch was made to F/C. His team began with both T/F and F/C that year but eventually dropped the T/F in favor of Funny Car. It turned out to be a wise decision as 1972 Div 2 funny car title soon belonged to Godman and the Bo-Weevil. Preston Davis in the Bo-Weevil T/F dragster
Ray Godman's Woody Gilmore built, Don Kirby sprayed, Preston Davis driven Tennessee Bo-Weevil tows out of the lanes next to the Blue Max at Warner Robins, Ga., during the 1972 season. This Cuda employed 496 KB Hemi power in order to run 6.460 @ 220.04 mph. preston_davis_tn_bo-weevil_cuda.jpg (95226 bytes)
Preston Davis in the Mustang Bo-Weevil in Lakeland. A yellow and blue Mustang body replaced the 'Cuda in 1973. Preston Davis is piloting this Bo-Weevil at Lakeland. (left)

(right) This mishap took place at Lakeland, Florida during the 1973 IHRA Winter Nationals. 

1973 crash at IHRA Winter Nationals
Later yellow and blue 1974 Satellite bodied entry driven by Larry LaDue that concentrated on IHRA racing in the south closed out the Bo-Weevil legacy in the mid-70s.    Powered by a 484 KB Hemi this car ran 6.889 @ 213.17 mph. Larry LaDue_in the Satelite Bo-Weevil

 

 

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