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Model Behavior with Steve Magnante

Model Behvavior

 

Ever since they first appeared on the shelves of hobby shops, department stores and mom ‘n pop soda fountains around 1958, 1/25 scale unassembled plastic model car kits have been popular with kids of all ages. Though the so-called golden age of car modeling is said to have occurred between 1960 and 1972, the hobby has seen a strong rebound in the past 10 years.

 

The great thing about plastic kits — compared to pre-assembled die cast metal miniatures — is how it’s up to you, the builder, to decide…

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Model Behavior with Steve Magnante

Remembering Jim Thornton, Dodge Performance Legend

Jim Thornton (Photo: Chrysler Historical Collection via We Were the Ramchargers)

On Monday, June 2, 2014, the drag racing world and fans of Dodge drag racing history lost Jim Thornton to an autoimmune disease and a rare form of cancer. He was 77. Thornton was the man behind the Super Stock and Factory Experimental Max Wedge and Race HEMI® vehicle platforms that carried racers to victory in the early and mid-sixties. Born in Richmond, Missouri, in 1937, Thornton — who served as race vehicle design manager at Chrysler from…

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Remembering Jim Thornton, Dodge Performance Legend

The 2015 Dodge Challenger | A Closer Look

Journalists swarmed the 2015 Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker. Packing 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, the Scat Pack is back!

 

By Steve Magnante

 

Excitement ran high among the 300-plus automotive journalists gathered in a darkened presentation hall at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Each was there to witness and chronicle the first public showing of the restyled 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger, presented on the morning of Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the New York International Auto Show.

 

After a brilliantly irreverent two-minute opening video featuring a montage…

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The 2015 Dodge Challenger | A Closer Look