Restoration of the Dixie Twister

Dixie Twister before a race in 2012

The Dixie Twister has undergone extensive body work since being rediscovered by Randall Davis, former crew chief, in 2008. He received a tip that the dragster’s frame may be in Nova Scotia that year and reached out to the owner in order to confirm the serial number. From there, he drove from Georgia to Canada to retrieve the dragster and begin to work on bringing the Dixie Twister back to life. In 2012, the restoration of the Dixie Twister was complete. With Huston Platt’s blessing, Randall would race the car once more throughout the southeast. The dragster would compete in only two races before sitting dormant.

 

Dixie Twister after 2018 restoration. Source: Steve West/Silver Piston Photography

 

With new ownership, the Dixie Twister would undergo major frame work in 2017. Bryan Fuller of Fuller Moto and his team would be in charge of the frame work and began to restore the Dixie Twister back to the same condition the dragster was on the day of the crash. The extensive metal work would be completed in 2018.

 

 

A ramp truck has also been restored to carry the Dixie Twister to different events. With the help of Mike Lewis and others, the truck has been completely restored. The truck is powered by a Vortec V8 and gives a classic look, as if the Dixie Twister is arriving at the track to race once more.