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Joe Horvath was stunned when he saw the front nose and axle from his old Revmaster Scorpion dragster, built back in the late '60s.

Parts from the famous Revmaster Scorpion Dragster found, and reunited with builder, Joe Horvath

Perhaps the first VW-power drag car to run in the 9-second bracket has been lost since the mid-70s.
April 30, 2014

Photos by Dean Kirsten
It was during this past Bug-In weekend a bit of VW history was made. Thanks to long-time VW racer, Jim Sibley, parts from the original Revmaster dragster, known as the "Scorpion", have been reunited with its builder, Joe Horvath. Thanks to Sibley, we have now learned that the this dragster was given to him by Darrell Vittone back in 1976, but only the front section. Jim then rebuilt it and changed its design to fit a Porsche 911 engine. Over the years, Jim redid this dragster numerous times, and at one point, removed the nose and front axle, placing them up in the rafters, until this past weekend. Jim brought those parts down to southern California, and to the Schley Museum. When we spotted Joe Horvath, who used to work for Empi and of course, Revmaster, we took him upstairs and showed him these parts. Once he got over the shock of seeing them, he had a long talk with Sibley about the history of his famous VW. It is said that this was the first VW-powered VW to run in the 9-second bracket.

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