Jim Thornton’s Greatest Hits: Part One

We recently reported with sadness the June 2, 2014, passing of former Chrysler high performance vehicle development engineer Jim Thornton at age 77. Though you’d have to be a fairly devoted muscle car and drag race enthusiast to know his name, once folks learn he was a member of the Ramchargers, a bell rings, and Thornton’s place in the automotive firmament becomes clearer to many.

 

Jim Thornton

 

To briefly recap, the Ramchargers was a group of (mostly) Chrysler employees who met evenings and weekends to share their love of drag racing and…

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Jim Thornton’s Greatest Hits: Part One

2014 Dodge Challenger: The End of the Line Is a New Beginning

Proud workers stand with the last 2014 Challenger off the Brampton, Ontario, assembly line. Over the past seven model years, nearly 281,000 2008–2014 Dodge Challengers have crossed this point.

 

By Steve Magnante

 

On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the last 2014 Dodge Challenger rolled off the Brampton, Ontario, assembly line. Fittingly, the final example was a bright white R/T Plus 100th Anniversary Edition and oh yeah, it’s got a HEMI® engine, but it will also deliver the kind of fuel economy owners of 1970 Challenger R/Ts could only dream of! Special…

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2014 Dodge Challenger: The End of the Line Is a New Beginning

The Dodge Heritage Series: Part 2, 1930-1939

Dodge-Heritage-Series

 

Welcome back to the Dodge Heritage Series, a 10-part exploration of Dodge brand history. In this post — number two in the series — we look into some of the many technical advancements made by Dodge between 1930 and 1939.

 

By 1930, the operations of the former Dodge Brothers Company were fully integrated into the Chrysler Corporation, with Dodge offering an exciting new lineup of advanced six- and eight-cylinder models.

 

The old Dodge Brothers label was discontinued on trucks in 1929 and on cars in 1930, replaced by the simpler and more…

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The Dodge Heritage Series: Part 2, 1930-1939