By Dan Bethune

Perhaps the biggest duo in the hot rodding scene in Windsor Ontario in the mid to late 1950’s was the Desjardin brothers.

Not only were they founding members of the Push Rods car club, but the club dragster was powered by a fire breathing Bernie Desjardin Packard V8.

That’s right. Packard.

The Packard engine pulled double duty, because when it wasn’t in the Club dragster, it was in Bernie’s hot Model A street roadster.

The best story about the Model A roadster is about the time he drove it across the border, to the drag strip in New Baltimore, Michigan. There, he found a young Connie Kalitta in a purpose-built, race-only 1940 Willys coupe.

Bernie handily beat Kalitta with the Packard, and then drove his car back to Canada.

Thanks for reading.

-Dan

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