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Reath Automotive A/Altered Fiat

The only Fiat altered on display at the NHRA Motorsports Museum, the Long Beach, Calif.-based Reath Automotive entry, was the creation of Don Ratican, Bill Jackson, and driver Ronnie Stearns. Though the entry was powered by a supercharged Oldsmobile engine, it was classified as an A/Altered as opposed to the AA/A designation later given to blown cars. Competing against other standouts of the era, including Gabby Bleeker of Chicago and Louisiana racer Boogie Scott, it won class honors at the 1960 NHRA Nationals in Detroit and the first NHRA Nationals held at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1961.

(© 1999 NHRA Photographic Services)
Woody Duke bought the Fiat in 1962, but Ratican, Jackson, and Stearns purchased it back in 1994, and, after undertaking a major restoration project, presented it to NHRA Historical Services before the NHRA Motorsports Museum was opened in 1998.

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