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The first Bill Thomas Cheetah race car appeared at a Cal Club event in 1964 powered by a small-block Chevy. This '64 Cheetah is now owned by Fred Yeakel and was only the fifth Cheetah built by Bill Thomas. Note how the engine is set way back from the front axle, while the driver literally sits just ahead of the rear axle. The Cheetahs were all powered by small-block Chevys.