Dean Moon Equipped ‘32 Ford Mooneyes Special Competition Coupe at Bonneville
36×72 Acrylic on canvas – Original ORIGINAL IS AVILABLE
This ’32 Ford has raced at Bonneville for vintage classics, and has topped out at 178 mph.
I have placed the yellow ’32 Mooneyes Coupe here in a “recreated moment” at the Bonneville Speedway in the early 1960s that might have been, including Dean Moon in his cowboy hat inspecting the racer.
Dean Moon is an early hot rodder and innovator. He is one of the original founders of SEMA.
Among his creations is the famous Moon Disc aluminum wheel covers (shown in the painting) that claimed to reduce enough drag at over 190 mph that it added an extra 7 mph in performance.
He is the creator of highly sought-after hot rod parts and modifications. The very first A.C. Shelby Cobra to reach the United States, delivered to Carroll Shelby, was fitted with a Ford V8 engine and transmission at Dean Moon’s shop in Santa Fe Springs, in February 1962.
Dean Moon built the Moonbeam Devin Open Roadster. The Moonbeam was his answer to the Shelby Cobra and is a race car he raced himself. The Moonbeam was a dragster and salt bed speed track racer.
Another innovation by Moon that most people will recognize is the famous barefoot gas pedal.