Wasn't when he retired. It was around '89 or '90 when he was still pretty much wearing them out. There was a lot of complaining going on about the intake manifold and such. So he offered to tow it back to the trailer after a run, pull the motor and it was yours, for $1.7 million. Offered to throw in the whole shop for another $300K I believe. Although there were no takers, rumour has is there were some pretty seriously considering it.
I'm pretty sure this was around the same time as the deal with IHRA happened. I think it was in Milan. That was his, and I think Reher/Morrison's last IHRA race. MJ
'86 Mustang Footbraker
Pump gas 347
6.435 @ 104