1963 Sling Shot
1963 Sling Shot Dragster
Up for sale is George Weiler's Smarty Pants front engine dragster. This car holds national records from 1964-1965 and ran 9.5's at 150 + mph. It competed at Maple Grove, Vargo and Hatfiled, all where George was a prominent figure. It also ran at the Indy Nationals in 1964. It was in the Top Eliminator class at Maple Grove. The fastest E.T. was 8.51 ½ at Maple Grove, but was unofficial. It is period correct restored and sounds great at the cacklefest! It has a small block 383ci Chevrolet V8 engine with a 3-speed manual transmission, Hilborn stack injection, Eelco tank and 18-inch magnesium wheels. The seat and seat belts are original.
This dragster starts and runs. A rare chance to own a piece of history.
A little about George Weiler. He was one of many Eastern Car Club Association members who agreed to approach Alfred Stauffer in 1961 with the idea that Stauffer should consider building a drag strip on his land at Maple Grove Park in Pennsylvania. It was Weiler himself who knocked on Mr. Stauffer's door and presented the concept but that was only the start of George Weiler's involvement with what would become Maple Grove Raceway. George befriended Mr. Stauffer and earned the trust of the Stauffer family including Stauffer sons Roy and John who took on the project with their excavation equipment. By August 1962, initial paving allowed for 1/5 mile drag racing on a narrow 30' strip of asphalt but George continued to advise the Stauffer family and by 1964 the track was lengthened and widened to its current profile for full quarter mile championship drag racing.
Weiler was nationally known as an engine builder and tuner winning the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals with many of his customers' and his own dragsters. He joined the Dodge/Plymouth factory team in 1965 as tuner for Bud Faubel's “Honker” Dodge and many other factory race cars using the Maple Grove strip as his testing facility. He built numerous cars including a Pro Stock Camaro in his Birdsboro race shop and competed well into the 1980s.
George Weiler seldom missed a major event at Maple Grove and attended every Awards Banquet through 2016 before health problems limited his travel.
Maple Grove Raceway has entertained motorsports enthusiasts from across the globe for the past 55 years but may not exist today without the initiative of George Weiler in 1961. The Stauffer Family is planning a permanent memorial to honor the lifetime contributions of George Weiler and expresses its condolences to George's friends and family. We've all lost a great champion.
At 17, Pennsylvania native George Weiler went to work at Beckersville Garage, honing his mechanical and welding skills, and in 1960, he and fellow members of the Eastern Custom Car Association were instrumental in creating Maple Grove Raceway. In 2004, he was inducted into the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame and the Maple Grove Walk of Fame.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 100 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. A 450 barn find collection is currently on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (610) 628-2262. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.