The only option Beswick requested was the optional Code 414 retractable headlamp covers like many GTOs on the street were equipped with (this was "stock" after all). Beswick took the D/Stocker, along with the other two race cars, to Dick Scully, who was given free rein over the three cars' appearances. Along with the door art and other lettering, Scully came up with a wild Pop Art striping theme on the hood and deck that broke up the yards of orange sheetmetal.
Since promotion of the Judge and the GTO was the reason for Beswick's three orange-hued race cars, their visual impact at racetracks throughout the Midwest was mind blowing. Beswick would often tow his Super Judge funny car with the D/Stocker, then later race it during the event. After a 7-second pass with the Super Judge, Beswick would wave to the crowd as the D/Stocker pulled it up the return road in front of the stands. Pontiac hoped that spectacle would sell a few Judges.
By the late summer, the Ram Air IV had grown a little tired (no wonder, considering all that damn towing!), so Beswick yanked it for a blueprint and balance job. When the Ram Air IV went back in, Beswick added a set of headers designed by his friends at Pontiac Engineering and built by JR Headers. This budget rebuild did shave a couple of tenths off his mid-12-second e.t.'s
The Judge was raced occasionally for a few more seasons, and then sold. The new owner stashed it away, and didn't bring it back out until 2000. When Beswick turned down the offer to buy it back at a considerable premium, the owner sold the car to an Illinois collector, who only had to have the 1,700 mile Judge detailed, and commission Scully to repaint his wild pinstripe motif.
In 2007, Beswick's D/Stock Judge went across the Mecum auction block for $315,000, sold to Todd Werner of Clearwater, Florida. Werner has built up a unique collection of singular high-performance and race cars, and Beswick's Judge now resides fender to fender with other legendary drag cars. Forty years after Arnie Beswick's D/Stock Ram Air IV Judge first hit the track, it's still making history, one quarter-mile at a time.
The Super Judge
Beswick's '69 Super Judge funny car (he preferred to call it "Experimental Super Stock") was the product of his experience racing in FX for several seasons. He commissioned Fiberglass Limited to cast the body, faithfully following the lines of the '69 GTO. The only modification was to chop the top slightly. Beswick preferred to keep the original lines of his Pontiac race cars intact. He felt Pontiac made "good looking cars" and didn't want to "clutter up the original body designs." He would even install correct grilles to remain as close to a stock appearance as possible
The Super Judge was powered by a 428ci Pontiac engine with a 671 GMC blower, and Ram Air IV heads. Beswick preferred to use M/T rods with Venolia pistons and a 421 Super Duty crank. The Ram Air IV cam, with 308 and 320 degrees of duration, was reground to modify the exhaust overlap to eliminate overheating due to burning a nitro mix. Beswick found it wasn't unusual to develop cracks between the intake and the exhaust valves due to the overheating. Backing off the nitro mixture alleviated the overheating, which Beswick did whenever he felt his competition was an easy smack down.
As the 1969 racing season progressed, the Ram Air IV heads were trashed in favor of the new Ram Air V heads, recently developed by Pontiac Engineering. With the Ram Air V heads, Beswick found his overheating problems vanished, thanks to the larger exhaust valve diameters and enlarged exhaust ports. The Ram Air V heads would prove to be the most trouble-free he'd ever use.
Beswick debuted his new Super Judge at the '69 Super Stock Nationals at York, Pennsylvania
Logghe Brothers built the tube frame, while Fiberglass Limited manufactured the one-piece
This early magazine advertisement for The Judge used the original ET, now dressed up to lo