I saw Joe's post in photos so looked again at my HMM, and Gonkulated it a bit:
While in that issue I noted the letter pg56 from Richard Peterson. Seems like an unbiased old racer so I read carefully.
* He says he had a 312/225 FORD - was that factory? I thought that was Bird and Merc only? If so then I believe his stories - that would be more than a match for any 56 and most 57 Chev's, stick or certainly glide cars.
* He also says the 406/405 cars ran better (vs his 409) than the 427-8v cars. Ok, that sounds odd somehow. He says his 409/409 ran 13.78 at 104, about right for open pipes and a late-62 409, but there are numerous open pipes 427 Gals/Mercs running 105 +/-, even in the old road tests.
I wonder how he would get that impression, that the 406 was so much stronger than the 427 ? Maybe a particular CAR from back in the day? He is from the "D", the "3 and a third", the "313" so I thought some of our old locals might add to the story....