Highway Stars

By Geoff Stunkard

 

The Scat Pack. This storied name had first arrived in 1968, when the Charger R/Ts and Super Bees were new. At that time, a California drag racer named Dick Landy had been given an almost-Herculean task of helping promote the Dodge brand’s performance image by touring the county, racing and also holding clinics about performance and safety at select dealerships. Known by the nickname Dandy Dick for his clean operation, Landy built the brand’s reputation during the era of Detroit’s muscle cars, sometimes away from home 300 days a year. This in turn led to Landy becoming…

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Let’s Go Drag Racing!

By Steve Magnante

 

If you haven’t treated yourself to a visit to the local drag strip, do it soon. Unlike most forms of automotive competition, anybody with a valid driver’s license and a car meeting basic safety requirements can hit the strip and have an afternoon full of fun exploring the joy of sheer, unencumbered, straight line acceleration. At the drag strip, there are no sharp corners to brake for, no pit stops for gas and tires, and nobody in your way as you charge toward the finish line.

 

At the recent 2014 LX Fest in Los Angeles, CA, Dodge set…

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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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