When Chrysler introduced the redesigned Hemi engine to the world in 1964, it immediately set about world domination, in the world of stock cars (NASCAR) and drag racing (NHRA). For 1965, a decision was made to pull Richard Petty from the NASCAR series after the new Hemi engine was banned that season.
Concurrently, American race car designer and constructor McKee Engineering had just begun construction of a series of mid-engine tube frame sports racers which could be modified to accept a Hemi. Chrysler recognized that a McKee sports racer, with Hemi power, would provide Mr. Petty with another opportunity to showcase his talents. So the order was placed - however, Richard proceeded to drag race throughout the 1965 season and he returned to NASCAR racing in 1966.
The Hemi-McKee raced from 1965 through 1967 in CanAM and USRRC races alongside the McLarens, Lolas, Chaparrals, Ferraris and Porsches. The car was stored for 35 years until it was restored in 2004. It has been making up for lost time by visiting the Mopar Nationals, The Goodwood Festival of Speed, The Monterey Historic Races and the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.