Dean’s first introduction into the performance market as a manufacturer was a multiple outlet fuel block that made installing multiple carburetors much simpler and was followed shortly by the introduction of the famous MOON Foot Pedal gas pedal.After that he seemed to be designing and producing one new product after another on a very regular basis.His first major national win was in 1963, when he won the Winternationals at Pomona, CA while driving Thompson’s SUPER DUTY PONTIAC and was soon the dominating competitor in NHRA’s newly formed A/FX factory experimental class.In 1964 Bill won the Winternationals again but this time driving Jack Chrisman’s four speed A/FX Mercury Comet. While he continued driving the factory ‘hot rods’, in 1965 Bill met George Hurst, (inventor of the HURST SHIFTER), and they quickly became good friends.While the plan was for ‘regular’ exhibition runs, only after replacing the original 8-inch tires with a new set of 10-inch tires, the car instantly became a “wheelstander”.
In 1957, with the help of Frank Huszar and Arnie Roberts, Jeep started building his first ‘real’ race car while the pair continued to race the ’34 sedan.
To name a few of the cars included in the “MOON Collection” was a record setting ‘mini streamliner’ powered by a 90 CI Harley Davidson motorcycle engine, an outstanding 32 Ford coupe and a ultra-sleek sports car.
Jeep and Ronnie Hampshire, brothers separated by only eleven months in age (born in 1938), grew up sharing a love for cars and racing.
The brothers continued to share their common love of racing and exchanged a lot of information.
but as time went on they gradually moved apart to compete on separate teams.