"Petty signs with Ford!" Those four words tore through the racing world like a hot knife through butter while loyalists threw their hands up in disbelief. King Richard's defection was in part because Plymouth hadn't built a Dodge Daytona counterpart for the NASCAR circuit, in addition to the fact that Petty Enterprises wanted to be the sole racing parts distributor for Plymouth at the time. Plymouth weathered the backlash publically while privately scurrying to create a car to lure Richard back to Plymouth. That car? The 1970 Plymouth Superbird.
Production models languished on salesroom floors due in part to NASCAR having increased the homologation requirement from 500 units to 2,000. These cars were highly specialized, seen as being in excess in proportion to the hottest street cars of the period. Fast-forward to today, Superbirds are highly collectible and are the star attractions at car shows and auctions, pulling top dollar and generating real excitement. What a difference a few decades makes!
By 1969, the muscle car war among Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler had reached a fever pitch. The Plymouth Road Runner, Mopar’s intermediate entry, was leading the charge. The Road Runner had its strongest year yet in 1970 because it housed the best street V-8s that Chrysler had to offer.
Author Scott Ross retraces the history of the Road Runner and brings the 1970 model year into full focus. The stripped-down Road Runner exemplified the essence of a purpose-built muscle car: brute power and stunning acceleration. A new aggressive grille and Air Grabber hood provided an audacious yet tasteful performance statement.
The back-to-basics 'Bird had a unique character with its iconic cartoon Road Runner graphics and beep-beep horn.
Each volume in the In Detail Series provides an introduction and historical overview, an explanation of the design and concepts involved in creating the car, a look at marketing and promotion, an in-depth study of all hardware and available options, as well as an examination of where the car is on the market today. Also included are paint and option codes, VIN and build tag decoders, as well as production numbers.
Get an introduction and historical overview of the design and concepts, a look at marketing and promotion, an in-depth study of all hardware and available options, as well as an examination of where the Barracuda is on the market today.
Pontiac expert and historian Rocky Rotella examines each production year of Firebird. Production figures, option codes, running changes, model year changes and variances, rarity, collectability, interviews with engineers, and more are thoroughly covered in what is sure to be the ultimate Firebird reference book for years to come. Complementing the detail and year-by-year analysis is a combination of archival photography from the launch of these cars and beautiful color photos of original and restored examples today. Whether you are into the first generation of F-Body Pontiacs, the first Trans Ams in 1969, the early secondgeneration Super Duty cars, or even the wildly popular Trans Ams from the Smokey and the Bandit era, this book tells the entire story of these immensely popular cars. It is an excellent addition to any pony car, muscle car, or any enthusiast s library.
The book takes you chronologically through the cars of Dick's career, from his earliest mounts (such as Ford Galaxies and Plymouth Max Wedges) through his many years of campaigning Coronets. Chargers, Challengers, Darts and Super Bees after being sponsored by the Dodge Division of Chrysler starting in 1964. Racing historian and author Geoff Stunkard presents a highly detailed account of Dick's cars, from the early stockers through the revolutionary first funny cars to the final Pro Stocks, including vehicle development, narratives on rules-making and race results, and rare never-before-seen images from the Landy family's personal archive. Coupled with modern shots of Landy's restored cars and exclusive photos from the legendary Petersen Publishing (TEN) Archive as well, this book is profusely illustrated and features special 'Where Are They Now,' information on the surviving and missing cars today. In addition to detailed coverage of cars like Landy's 1964 S/SA Hemi Dodge, 1968 Hurst Hemi Dart, and 1970 Pro Stock Dodge Challenger, information on the factory race clinic programs, car transporters, DLI (Dick Landy Industries) race engine shop, and personal recollections by Dick and members of the Landy family are included. Broken into easily-read sections based on Chrysler B-, A- and E-body platforms, at no other time has Landy's entire career been chronicled and cataloged in print. From hard launches in the gold dust on fuel to the racing strategies that made Dick Landy a winner on raceday, sit back in your recliner (wheels up) and enjoy the most comprehensive book on the history of "Dandy" Dick Landy and his legendary Mopar racecars, retold by a veteran motorsports journalist who knew him personally.
Road racing has long-storied roots in North America that reach from coast to coast and to Canada. Some of the greatest drivers to ever compete raced wickedly fast machines, staged epic duels on winding strips of asphalt, and created history. This history left an enduring legacy that is revealed and celebrated in Lost Road Courses. Road racer and road racing expert Martin Rudow retraces road racing's glorious past and visits the defunct classic road courses across the United States and Canada.
From the late 1950s through the 1960s, the same cars that drove people to work and the grocery store were actively raced on Sundays at drag strips all across the country. This was the exciting time when the factories of Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors competed against each other under the slogan, "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday." Read this completely illustrated, year-by-year history of Super Stock racing from 1955 to 1968, including first-person accounts of action from match races to the Nationals, and appendices featuring all major event winners, NHRA rules, and the engine/chassis combinations.
Stock car racing in the 1960s featured intense behind the scenes battles between the factories, rules makers, track owners, promoters, and racing teams. Everyone was trying to keep up with the rapid year-to-year changes that brought more cubic inches, more horsepower, smoother shapes, and faster cars. Factory engineers produced wild and powerful stock cars that raced in shootouts from Southern dirt and small ovals to bigger and bigger super-speedways. Special racing engines and exotic prototypes with advanced concepts that never saw the light of day all added up to fantastic drama and incredible racing, all told in these pages.
This volume covers all V-8 Mustangs (plus the SVO) comparing their standard performance features and discussing what it takes to make them go faster using aftermarket performance parts or factory upgrades. Each chapter focuses on a particular incarnation of the modern Mustang. Inside each chapter is info on the stock performance features of that particular Mustang, including engine, drivetrain, suspension, and brakes, followed by an overview of what the high-performance aftermarket has to offer for that model.
Von Dutch is one of the most interesting characters in hot rod and popular culture history. Considered the founder of "modern" pinstriping, he was a prominent character in many of the rodding magazines of the late 50s, and his fame endured long after he apparently tired of it. Besides being a striper, he was a gifted artist, machinist, and gun- and knifesmith. Using stories and quotes culled from interviews, vintage photos, and images of the art and other works he left behind, this book chronicles Kenneth Howards life from pinstriping beatnik to bus-dwelling hermit. Where it can, this book sets the record straight on Von Dutch the man, but in many cases conflicting stories will serve to illustrate the contrary, colorful, and sometimes difficult nature of Von Dutch the legend. This book is a must-have for fans of hot rodding and hot rod culture!
A perfect book to unshroud the mysteries of automotive electrics and electronic systems. The basics of electrical principles, including voltage, amperage, resistance, and Ohm’s Law, are revealed in clear and concise detail, so the enthusiast understands what these mean in the construction and repair of automotive electrical circuits. An essential guide for wiring a hot rod from scratch, modifying muscle car electrical circuits for cooling fans and/or power windows, or adding a premium stereo and other conveniences to modern performance cars.
The E36 was the embodiment of the luxury sports sedan, and the standard that other manufacturers strived to reach. And as such, the BMW 3 Series became wildly popular with BMW manufacturing 2.67 million E36 cars worldwide from 1992 to 1999. The new E36 featured a more aerodynamic design, potent dual overhead cam engine, multilink rear suspension, and a more luxurious interior than its predecessor. If you want to make your E36 a quicker, better handling, and more capable driving machine, this book is your indispensable guide for making it a reality.