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Worth the wait: Six Pack Super Bee takes Best in Show at Musclepalooza 30

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Photo by Terry McGean.

Just two days. That’s how long Ed Sawlit had owned his 1965½ Six Pack Super Bee prior to winning Best in Show at our Musclepalooza 30 this past weekend at Lebanon Valley Dragway. But it’s been a part of his life, in a way, for at least eight years.

“I still can’t believe I own it,” he said. “I haven’t even had it home yet.”

Indeed, after buying the car, he headed directly to Lebanon Valley to enter it in the show, still unregistered.

He first encountered the Super Bee for sale eight years ago and had thought about buying it to complement his other Mopar, a V-code 1971 GTX, but held off because the price wasn’t right. The restored F6 green car showed just 120 miles or so at the time, and he watched over the years as the price slowly came down and the mileage slowly went up. When it down to a number he thought was reasonable, Ed himself put another 20 miles on the odometer during a test drive.

“This thing is tight,” he said. “It drives like a brand-new vehicle.”

Photo by the author.

While the original triple-carbureted 440 was replaced under warranty when the car was just a year or so old, Ed said everything else, including the sheetmetal, remains original to the car, and has a stack of documentation to prove its history. Best of Show Automotive in Mentor, Ohio, restored the car shortly before it went up for sale.

Ed, a longtime Musclepalooza attendee with his GTX, took the Favorite Dodge award on his way to winning Best in Show.

Other award winners at Sunday’s Musclepalooza are in the gallery below:

Hemmings Musclepalooza 2019 September Favorite Buick 1970 GS 455 convertible Musclepalooza 2019 September Favorite Chevy 1968 Camaro Z/28 Hemmings Musclepalooza 2019 September Favorite Ford 1970 Mustang Boss 302 Musclepalooza 2019 September Favorite Modified Muscle Camaro RS Musclepalooza 2019 September Favorite Mercury 1969 Cougar XR7 Hemmings Musclepalooza September 2019 Favorite Plymouth 1970 GTX