Jim Thornton’s Greatest Hits: Part 2

By Steve Magnante

 

The Dodge high performance world lost a pioneer with the June 2, 2014, passing of former Chrysler Corp. Race Vehicle Design Manager and Ramchargers race team member, Jim Thornton. Recently, we reviewed some of Mr. Thornton’s many contributions to the evolution of Dodge stock-bodied drag race vehicles. Now, let’s continue our tribute with a look at how he helped ensure that Dodge drag race package cars were ready to fully employ the mighty output of the 426 Race HEMI® engines that powered them down the drag strip.

 
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Jim Thornton’s Greatest Hits: Part 2

Dodge and the Challenged Athletes Foundation

For the eighth year in a row, Dodge is sponsoring the Million Dollar Challenge, a seven-day, 620-mile bike race up the California coast beginning October 12. The ride from San Francisco to San Diego is dedicated to raise more than one million dollars for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), which funds grants to give disabled athletes sporting equipment to get back in the game.

 

Chrysler Group LLC employee Marc Henretta will be participating for the third year as one of 12 physically challenged athletes, along with more than 100 other cyclists. “It’s an epic week,” says Marc as he prepares…

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Allen Johnson and Dodge Sweep Las Vegas

Allen Johnson and Dodge Sweep Las Vegas

 

Drag racing champion Allen Johnson ran the table in Las Vegas this past weekend with his Dodge Avenger, scoring big wins in both the K&N Pro Stock Challenge on Saturday and the Pro Stock Eliminator feature on Sunday.

 

One of eight elite racers to win an invitation to the K&N Pro Stock Challenge, Johnson came to Las Vegas as the number one seed. The veteran Dodge racer drove around Greg Anderson and his Dodge teammate Jeg Coughlin in the early rounds, knocking out two major…

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Allen Johnson and Dodge Sweep Las Vegas