Dedicated to the memory of longtime 409 racer and friend to all W-engine devotees, Fred Totten, the Fred Totten Memorial Shootout at Thompson Raceway Park in Ohio this past June saw 70 409s entered (30 show/street machines and 40 in competition). There were 24 '62 409s-a possible record for the new millennium. You'd probably have to go back to '62 to find that many competing in one place.
Officially, planning began a year ago and the event went off flawlessly thanks to the efforts of '60 Chevy 409 racer Ray Barnhart. For more background, please consult the October 2009 issue of Super Chevy.
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One of the highlights was seeing all the car owners and their families singing "Happy Birthday" to Hayden Proffitt, who was celebrating his 83rd.