Norm & Rhonda Longfield’s ultra-classic streamliner actually helped write whole chapters in the history of hot-rodding, customising and drag racing. This is such a historically important car. It is a perfect restoration of the legendary car complete with it’s retro ‘Body by Jocko’ signwriting- but with a healthy injection of current technology. It has the potential to produce some 2000 horsepower coming from the best of everything blown JP-1 426 Hemi with bullet-proof running gear.
This actual car is one of six aerodynamic ‘streamliner’ drag cars built in America during the late 1950’s and early 60’s by Robert ‘Jocko’ Johnson.Jocko’s imagination-and a scale model tested in a NASA wind tunnel-helped him build these slippery creations. Only four streamliners survive in the world. Drag Racing great ‘Don Garlits’ owns two, the ‘Moon’ company owns one and Norm and Rhonda own this, the only one in running order. The car was purchased sight unseen from America and shipped to Australia. On arrival the streamliner proved in need of a thorough restoration. The curvaceous body left a lot to be desired. Originally it was a hand laid body and craters had appeared everywhere making it look like a well used surf board.
Paint and Panel man Greg ‘Ziggy’ Sadler, the same guy who helped make the Longfield’s Willys such a standout- spent the best part of six months getting the body and paint to it’s current immaculate status. The streamliner was restored with the most up to date paint materials while still using the historic colour combination that it originally raced in. The red and white were both applied in three layer pearl overlays. The scallops were slightly modified to give it a more aggressive attitude. Finally they were highlighted with gold pin lining, cleared over and cut and buffed. Most of the building duties were handled by Norm and crew chief Ron ‘have a chat’ Ansell.