How The ’69 Daytona Changed NASCAR

From the inception of NASCAR in 1948, GM, Ford, and Chrysler waged an ongoing, full-fledged battle for stock car supremacy. But the war reached fever pitch in the 60s as engineers, designers and even aerospace experts were drafted by the manufacturers to pursue the ultimate racing machine.


“Stock” cars, of course, are just that: cars offered both to race drivers on the circuit speedway and to ordinary folks on city streets in identical packages. As racing fans demanded more and more speed, stock car manufacturers, conscious of both target audiences, responded with cautious creativity.


Until 1969, that…

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How The ’69 Daytona Changed NASCAR

Meet the 2010 Charger: Coolest Cop Car on the Planet

When watching wild police chases on those 24-hour-crime cable channels, ever notice how it’s always the perp’s car that’s first to suffer a blowout or blown engine? That’s because police cars are superior automobiles: As noted police escapee Elwood Blues once aptly pointed out, they’ve got “a cop motor, cop tires, cop suspensions and cop shocks.” And if you’ve been doing any highway speeding lately, a shiver has surely shot down your spine upon seeing a certain new cop car in your rearview: the Dodge Charger.


With 368…

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Meet the 2010 Charger: Coolest Cop Car on the Planet

Dodge Colors Brighten The New York Times??

Dodge is punching up the Challenger’s colors with the return of colors like HEMI Orange and, as we reported on October 15th, Plum Crazy. Last week, Ray Wert of Jalopnik brightened The New York Times’ Automobiles section with a story about the new vibrant trend in auto colors generally. Plum Crazy and the Viper’s Snakeskin Green lead off the colorful “Punchy Paint Jobs” slideshow; you can see them in all their glory here.

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Dodge Colors Brighten The New York Times??