Bob Riggle is known for his legendary Plymouth Barracuda, which packs a HEMI V8 engine where the rear seats would normally be. The beastly engine can be seen if you peak through the rear window glass, giving Riggle’s wheel-standing drag race machine the nickname ‘Hemi Under Glass’.
Riggle campaigned his ‘Hemi Under Glass’ in drag racing events throughout the United States from 1965 to 1975, quickly becoming a fan favorite anywhere he went. Riggle and his wild Mopar caught the attention of a young, car-long Jay Leno – and Leno recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of riding in Riggle’s Hemi Under Glass on his web series Jay Leno’s Garage.
Nowadays, Riggle is 80 years old. That hasn’t stopped him from climbing behind the wheel of the 2,500 horsepower drag race car that he holds so close to his heart, though. Riggle gave Leno the full-blown wheels up ride any ‘Hemi Under Glass’ fan has come to love, but unfortunately, the run ended in a rollover crash.
Leno and Riggle escaped the wreck unhurt, but the Hemi Under Glass will need a new body and some other work before it can be returned to a show-ready state. Check out the rundown of Hemi Under Glass and the unfortunate wreck in the video above.