Retro Rockets
Vintage 60's and early 70's supermodifieds

Feature Page - Restoration of Paul Richardson #427

Tom Robichaud is following the restoration of the Paul Richardson number 427. The car was owned by Jimmy Timmons and was driven by Paul Richardson and the legendary Howie Brown, among others. This car is in the process of restoration by Rick's Rod Shop in Epping, New Hampshire. For more information on the restoration or if you have any information they might use, you can email Rick's directly at

Recent correspondence:
"Jim Timmons of North Andover Ma. built the car in 1968 and it was originally for Billy O'Brian. Paul Richardson drove the car for the longest time, then Tom Sherwood, Bob Milette, Jim Martel, Ed Schofield, the great Howie Brown, Tom Quinny, Babe Branscomb and Butch Walsh drove for us in Fla. when Ed West drove him into the wall in the third turn at Vero Beach.


Note from Rick at Rick's Rod Shop... "I'm the owner of the #427 car and am looking for lots of parts to restore it. Need open tube offset rear end front axle. CAE in out box. Schroder steering box. Wide 5 hubs. If you know of anything please let me know. Thanks."
If you think you might be able to help, please email Rick at

Recent correspondence from Rick:
"I've found all kinds of parts for both of my cars. Just by chance I called Bob Turner in Maine and he had all the parts for the 427 rearend. He's had them for almost 30 years in the corner of his shop. Bet that couldn't happen again in 100 years. I got lucky. He also has a front axel almost complete. I'll keep you posted on the progress. Keep in touch thanks."

If you have any old pictures of this car or other information, we would love to add it to this page. Please send them in to RetroRockets and for pictures, please include a description, if possible.
Picture File star120.jpg This is how the car looked in 1967 when Paul Richardson was driving at the Star Speedway.
Picture File TR_427-001.jpg A recent picture of the supermodified sitting up at Rick's Rod Shop in Epping, New Hampshire.