Detroit Dragway - Photos - 1960s
Stone, Woods & Cook "Dark Horse II" Ford Mustang racing against "Seaton's Super Shaker" at Detroit Dragway in the 1960's. Doug "Cookie" Cook was the driver. Recently, Mike Cook has been working on a project reconstructing the Dark Horse II. He has been gathering up parts and been reconstructing the body.
Fred Stone, Leonard Woods, Jr & Doug Cook are much better remembered for their 1941 Willys Coupe as they were the 1st ones to put the Willys car on the map as a race car. The Willys Coupe that was most responsible for the popularity of the Willys name at drag strips Throughout the country was the Mickey Thompson equipped, Olds-powered 41 Willys Swindler II Owned by Fred Stone and Leonard Woods, Jr. With Swindler II setting the pattern, the Stone Woods & Cook racing team has established national records in both elapsed time (e.t.) and top speed (mph) in the A/GS and B/GS N.H.R.A. classes with Swindler A and Swindler B, Swindler A is a totally new car with fiberglass fenders, grille and hood, Swindler B is the original. Swindler II with many improvements to make it the hottest running supercharged "B" gasser in the country. These two cars have been driven by Doug "Cookie" Cook to wins in over 400 drag races, and have never been beaten in over two years of racing at strips throughout the U.S.! Fred Stone credits this success to Doug Cook's driving ability and mechanical work, and the many new innovations that have been used on Swindler A and Swindler B.
With bright blue paint jobs by Rubins Body Shop, wild upholstery by Martinez, and unique lettering by Ed Roth, these two Willys have also been "hits" at many custom car shows, including the NHRA Nationals and Winternationals.
"Swindler A" was the first car in its class to get into the nine second elapsed time bracket, and its best performance to date is 143.54 mph in 9.79 seconds. With over 400 trophies and many national and Local strip records.