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Ardun Hemi Presentation Onsite & Online

Feb 20, 2021 @ 10:00 am

Lynn Paxton

As part of our “Yeah, It’s Got a HEMI!” exhibit, we’re pleased to welcome Lynn Paxton to the AACA Museum for a special “live” Hemi-focused presentation. Paxton, a racing champion and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing Curator, presents “The history, specifics, and anecdotes of the Ardun hemispherical head design flat head Ford conversion.”

The “live” presentation focuses on:

  • Design history; reasons for it, pros & cons, Allard connection, US & England production
  • How the Ardun design relates to the Chrysler Hemi design
  • Ardun Hemi relevance to other high-performance engines
  • R&D in dirt track racing
  • Local racing history
  • Lynn’s conversations with Zora Arkus Duntov on the development and testing of the Ardun Hemi

Two ways to attend

To accommodate as many motoring enthusiasts as possible we’re excited to announce that the February 20th presentation is offered “live” onsite at the Museum and “live” online via Zoom. Pre-registration is required to attend in-person or online.

In-person pre-registration

The Ardun Hemi presentation is included with paid general admission to the Museum. Pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot by purchasing your Museum Admission ticket now. Space is limited. Museum COVID-19 protocols, social distancing, and capacity limits are in effect.


Online pre-registration

We’re working to make sure the Museum serves guests around the corner and around the globe. So to overcome the obstacles of geography and current health concerns, the Ardun Hemi presentation is our online “Live Event” debut utilizing the power of Zoom.

To attend the online “live” presentation, pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 100 online attendees. Pre-registration closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 19th. The Zoom link that provides access to the presentation has been emailed to pre-registered guests. We will re-send the link Saturday morning at 7 a.m.

If you pre-registered and have not received the webcast access link, please email us to request the Zoom link.

Presenter: Lynn Paxton, Racing Champion and Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) Curator

The 1996 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee’s father Melvin owned a garage and motor court just four miles from Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania. It was the racer’s hangout, and Lynn was hooked. He worked as an assistant mechanic for Fred Putney. When crew chief Ree Smith was out of town, and it came time for the mechanic’s race at Silver Spring Speedway, Lynn’s pestering paid off. He was second in the race. Soon after, he opened his own business in his father’s garage after high school and purchased a 1947 Ford for the hobby division.

At the end of 1963, he moved to the Class A Sportsman Division and ventured to Selinsgrove Speedway. Putney’s owner Harold Hank would lend a hand when Lynn broke a rear-end. When Putney was released from driving after 1963, Lynn was given the seat. At the age of 18, he was driving his modified “bug” against the likes of Toby Tobias, Frankie Thompson, Johnny Dubendorf, and “Bud” Folkenroth. Though he picked up some late-model wins that season, victory eluded him in the “bug.”

After service in the Air National Guard in 1965, Lynn returned to win his first and second modified features in a CAE chassis car put together by Smith. Paxton would start a lengthy relationship with owner Roy “Shorty” Emrich in the winter of 1967. When the team utilized two cars, the other piloted by Bobby Allen, they went on a tear, winning 200 features over the next five years. Lynn won the Hershey Stadium track title in 1969, the Bedford Speedway and Hagerstown Speedway championships in 1972, along with that year’s Hilly Rife promoted Tri-State Spring Crown. In 1974, Ralph Heintzelman was hired, and Lynn won the KARS title in events run at Williams Grove, Selinsgrove, and Penn National. He also won the track titles at the latter two and the “Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal.” In 1975, he began racing for Al Hamilton. Maynard Boop offered support and the team took over 15 wins and a track title at Port Royal. Solid years kept coming, but things really took off again in 1979. With Davey Brown Jr. turning wrenches and Davey Brown Sr. overseeing the motors, Lynn won 26 times, including three with the World of Outlaws.

Despite scaling back to spend with family and business in 1980, he won 21 more times, including three more with the WoO. He also won his third KARS title that season. In 1981, he was Williams Grove point champion. In 1982, with Boop, he won another title at Williams Grove on the strength of seven wins there, a Selinsgrove Speedway championship (ten wins there), and the prestigious 20th Annual Williams Grove National Open. 1983 would be his last behind the wheel at the age of 39. He won another title at Port Royal and went out in style, winning his second consecutive Williams Grove National Open. It was his 224th career sprint car win.

Lynn has been instrumental in the growth of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) near York Springs, Pennsylvania, since its inception. And anyone who has heard him tell a story (or hundreds) can tell you he’s a character and a great ambassador for the sport. Lynn has been extremely active in the Dillsburg and York Springs communities, and with the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) in Hershey, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, Iowa, and the Williams Grove Old Timers Association among other groups. Lynn is also a member of the York County Racing Club Hall of Fame, the Eastern Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame, The Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown, the Susquehanna Speedway Hall of Fame, and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Free Presentation included with paid general admission.
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