Me and Mr. 4-Speed

For me as a young boy, highlighted among so many one-of-a-kind, cartoon-like, marvels of automobile engineering found in hot rod magazines of the 1970’s, was the red, white, and blue, “Sox & Martin” Plymouth Barracuda driven by Ronnie Sox.

I was fascinated by the stories told in these magazines about Ronnie and his legendary 4-Speed shifting ability, and dreamed of being like Ronnie someday.

So naturally, once I began building my own cars, a 4-Speed, a-la Ronnie Sox would become standard equipment.

Drag racing has changed significantly since then, but today, as I cruise the streets of Louisiana, I rarely complete a shifting cycle without thinking about Mr. 4-Speed and what could have been…

BD

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