Mecum Auction Presents - Lot # S117 1961 Pontiac Ventura
Arnie Beswick's 1961 "Passionate Poncho" Ventura still ranks as one of the
most successful Pontiac factory-built racecars of all time. This Bristol
Blue hardtop came from the factory as a 389/348 Tri-Power car with the
Super Duty heads and camshaft shipped in the trunk. Once installed, the horsepower was raised
to 363 horsepower,
a number intentionally underrated by the factory. This is the car that
Beswick drove to the '61 Daytona Winternationals and won with. Arnie went
on to win a large number of Super Stock races throughout the country that
season, solidifying his place as a major player in the Super Stock, A/FX
and Funny Car wars of the 1960s. This car is an exceptional example of the
breed, verified by Mr. Beswick himself. It is finished in the original race
livery and is in its correct 1961 race configuration.
Lot # 117 1961 Pontiac Ventura Super Duty 389 Arnie Beswick Superstock
Mecum Auction Presents - Lot # S118 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
For the 1969 season, Arnie Beswick campaigned a three-car team, the "Super
Judge" Funny Car, the "Righteous Judge" Pro Stocker and this original Ram
Air IV, 4-speed Judge, which was sponsored by the Chicagoland Pontiac
Dealers and competed in NHRA D/Stock. One of only a handful of no-option
cars built specifically for drag racing, the Judge was factory-built with a
hand-selected Ram Air IV and came without sound deadener or seam sealer to
further reduce weight. As a legal D/Stocker, the Judge ran in the 12.40s at
109-110 miles per hour.
Featuring period custom paint by Dick Skully, American Racing wheels and a
correct Ram Air IV, this car is in its original 1969 race condition and has
been authenticated by Mr. Beswick. This Judge is a great time capsule from
"The Farmer's" storied career.
1965 GTO with open headers 455 and a stick doing a Smokey Burnout.
(Turn it up!!) My 65 GTO in a warm up burnout at Big Al's '05 4th of July
party in New Milford CT. Last one he had at his house. There was a car
show, a burnout contest, a car smashing corral (usually a Jap car), good
food, good people, beer and music. Will miss this party!!!
Arnie "Farmer" Beswick
Still getting it done at 80 years young. Exhibition run at the 25th Super
Stock Reunion. Piedmont Dragway 05-15-2010