We Were the Ramchargers

Inside Drag Racing's Legendary Team

Author: David G. Rockwell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780768019322

Category: Chrysler automobile

Page: 270

View: 9324


Reveals the personalities and achievements of the Chrysler engineers who, from the 1950s through the 1970s, became one of the most successful and influential drag racing teams of all time.

Match Race Mayhem

Drag Racing's Grudges, Rivalries and Big-Money Showdowns

Author: Doug Boyce

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613253052

Category: Transportation

Page: 176

View: 9256


Drag racing is a very regulated sport. In the history of the NHRA, IHRA, and other sanctioning bodies, many classes existed in an effort to make sure the cars racing against each other are as equal as possible. It is a noble, if not futile, pursuit. You have two cars facing off that have very similar statistics in terms of weight, transmission type, fuel type, estimated horsepower, and all other sorts of measurables. The byproduct is that often the races that were "fair" were not the races that the fans wanted to see. During the golden age of drag racing, fans didn't care as much about class racing as much as they wanted to see scores settled, rivalries battled, and interesting match-ups. There were the manufacturer rivalries, Ford versus Chevy, Chevy versus Mopar, Mopar versus Ford, as well as numerous driver rivalries. Match races were also a great way to feature wildly popular cars that no longer had a class in which to compete, yet the fans still wanted to see them. So popular and intense were these races that many track promoters didn't bother to promote class racing at all. Instead, they used the match races as headliners, similar to the marquee at your local arena or a billboard in Las Vegas, all resulting in putting more fans in the stands. And the drivers loved it too. Although the prize money for national events was fairly average for the day, the extra appearance fees and prize money to lure the most popular match racers to events increased the driver's take exponentially. Many of the most popular pro drivers quit class racing altogether just to go match racing. Veteran drag race author Doug Boyce tells the tale of the history of match racing through the cars, the drivers, the events, the classes, the rivalries, and everything else that was fun about match racing during the golden era. It's all here, complemented by wonderful vintage photography provided by fans and professionals in attendance. If you are a fan of any class of drag racing, from any era, Match Race Mayhem is a fun addition to your racing library. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial}

Cruisin' the Original

Woodward Avenue

Author: Anthony Ambrogio,Sharon Luckerman

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738540450

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 9461


In the 1950s, cruising swept the nation. American street became impromptu racetracks as soon as the police turned their backs. Young people piled into friends' cars and cruised their main streets with a new sense of freedom. Pent-up desires after the hardships of World War II plus a booming economy fueled a car-buying frenzy. To lure buyers to their particular makes and models, automobile companies targeted the youth market by focusing on design and performance. No place was that more relevant than on metro Detroit's Woodward Avenue, the city's number-one cruising destination and home of the world's automobile industry. Barely 50 years earlier, Henry Ford rolled his first Model T off the assembly line at Piquette and Woodward, just south of where cruisers, dragsters, and automobile engineers ignited each other's excitement over cars. This unique relationship extended into the muscle car era of the 1960s, as Woodward Avenue continued to reflect the triumphs and downturns of the industry that made Detroit known throughout the world.

The Art of Mopar

Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth Muscle Cars

Author: Tom Glatch

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760352496

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

View: 510


The history of Chrysler Corporation is, in many ways, a history of a company floundering from one financial crisis to the next. While that has given shareholders fits for nearly a century, it has also motivated the Pentastar company to create some of the most outrageous, and collectible, cars ever built in the United States. From the moment Chrysler unleashed the Firepower hemi V-8 engine on the world for the 1951 model year, they had been cranking out the most powerful engines on the market. Because the company pioneered the use of lightweight unibody technology, it had the stiffest, lightest bodies in which to put those most powerful engines, and that is the basic muscle-car formula: add one powerful engine to one light car. When the muscle car era exploded onto the scene, Chrysler unleashed the mighty Mopar muscle cars, the Dodges and Plymouths that defined the era. Fabled nameplates like Charger, Road Runner, Super Bee, 'Cuda, and Challenger defined the era and rank among the most valuable collector cars ever produced by an American automaker. Featuring cars from the incomparable Brothers' Collection, The Art of Mopar: Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth Muscle Cars celebrates these cars in studio portraits using the light-painting process perfected by Tom Loeser. It is the ultimate portrayal of the ultimate muscle cars.

How to Rebuild and Modify Chrysler 426 Hemi EnginesHP1525

New Technology For 1964 to 1971 Classic Hemis and Today's Modern Crate Engines

Author: Larry Shepard

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101098937

Category: Transportation

Page: 240

View: 8998


Rebuild or race Chrysler's most popular engine. A step-by-step guide to rebuilding and modifying one of the most famous engines built in the U.S., including sections on racing heritage, cylinder block, ignition and lubrication systems, and racing parts.

Glory Days

When Horsepower and Passion Ruled Detroit

Author: Paul Zazarine

Publisher: Bentley Pub

ISBN: 9780837602080

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 348

View: 7507


"Any car maker's greatest asset is their perceived image in the marketplace." Wangers knows what he is talking about, for he was part of the most successful brand marketing campaign to ever come out of Detroit. At a time when such automotive legends as "Bunkie" Knudsen, Pete Estes, and John DeLorean held sway in the Motor City, Jim Wangers created and defined the American musclecar image, devising savvy brand marketing strategies to promote the car that started it all and became a cultural icon: the Pontiac GTO.

Nature Noir

A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra

Author: Jordan Fisher Smith

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547526492

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 7248


A nature book unlike any other, Jordan Fisher Smith's startling account of fourteen years as a park ranger thoroughly dispels our idealized visions of life in the great outdoors. Instead of scout troops and placid birdwatchers, Smith's beat -- a stretch of land that has been officially condemned to be flooded -- brings him into contact with drug users tweaked out to the point of violence, obsessed miners, and other dangerous creatures. In unflinchingly honest prose, he reveals the unexpectedly dark underbelly of patrolling and protecting public lands.

Middletown Pacemakers

The Story of an Ohio Hot Rod Club

Author: Ron Roberson

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439630070

Category: Photography

Page: 168

View: 5853


Hot Rodding began in Southern California in the 1930s and had spread throughout the United States by the mid 1950s, spawning the sport of drag racing and the advent of the Detroit "muscle cars" of the '60s and '70s. Hot Rod Magazine and the National Hot Rod Association promoted the formation of responsible car clubs to combat the delinquent reputation of hot rodders, earned through illegal street races and Hollywood's portrayal in "B" movies. And thus were born the Middletown Pacemakers in 1951. The Pacemakers brought southern Ohio its first reliability runs (1952), custom auto shows (1954), and drag racing competitions-setting national records (1958, '63, '64) and winning national championships (1963, '64, '65). When the hot rodders were not busy upgrading their drive train for more horsepower or "chopping" and "channeling" for improved performance, they could often be seen on the streets of Middletown feeding expired parking meters or rescuing motorists whose cars had broken down or run out of gas. By 1966, as was the fate of so many hot rod clubs, the mass production of Detroit muscle cars ushered the Pacemakers to fold.

Hot Rod

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Automobiles, Racing

Page: N.A

View: 3939


Ultimate Guide to Muscle Cars

Author: Jim Glastonbury

Publisher: Chartwell Books

ISBN: 9780785820093

Category: Transportation

Page: 448

View: 2294


A muscle car is not a piece of Italian exotica, a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, cars which are just too complex and too specialized; nor is it a German Porsche, which is too efficient and too clever by half; nor yet a classic British sports car, a Morgan, TVR or Jaguar, which could never be regarded as fitting the bill. Sports cars, by and large, are not muscle cars, with two notable exceptions: the legendary AC Cobra of the 1960s, and the Dodge Viper of the 1990s. These followed the muscle car creed of back-to basics raw power. In effect, muscle cars always were, and always will be, a quintessentially North American phenomenon. The basic concept is something like this: take a mid-sized American sedan, nothing complex, upmarket or fancy, in fact the son of car one would use to collect the groceries in any American town on any day of the week; add the biggest, raunchiest V8 that it is possible to squeeze under the hood; and there it is. The muscle car concept really is as simple as that.

High performance

the culture and technology of drag racing, 1950-1990

Author: Robert C. Post

Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr


Category: Science

Page: 416

View: 5740


Through a series of personal experiences and interviews, this account depicting the history of drag racing features the technological motivations of the men and women who have devoted their lives to its pursuits.

Lexikon Motorentechnik

Der Verbrennungsmotor von A-Z

Author: Richard Basshuysen,Fred Schäfer

Publisher: Vieweg+Teubner Verlag

ISBN: 9783528139032

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 1096

View: 5761


Das Lexikon Motorentechnik ist ein Nachschlagewerk, das fast 5.000 Stichworte fachlich exakt und mit allen Lösungen der aktuellen Motortechnologie umfassend beschreibt. Es wendet sich an Ingenieure in Studium und Praxis genauso wie an Fachleute der Automobil-, Motoren-, Mineralöl- und Zubehörindustrie. Patentanwälten, dem Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe, Regierungsstellen und Behörden sowie dem technikbegeisterten Autofahrer bietet es einen unerschöpflichen Wissensfundus. Das ausgefeilte System aus Querverweisen führt alle Unterbegriffe zum Hauptbegriff zurück und ermöglicht so eine optimale Benutzerführung. Dadurch stehen die Stichwörter nicht isoliert, sondern es werden thematische Bündelungen und Gruppierungen möglich. So wird das Stichwort in einen größeren, kapitelartigen Zusammenhang gestellt.

Editorial and persuasive writing

opinion functions of the news media

Author: Harry W. Stonecipher

Publisher: Hastings House Pub

ISBN: 9780803893177

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 302

View: 1511


Discusses and illustrates every aspect of print and electronic editorial writing


The Performance Years

Author: Martyn L. Schorr

Publisher: 671 Press

ISBN: 0982173318

Category: Transportation

Page: 198

View: 9511


From the early 1960s through the mid-1970s, Dodge and Plymouth supercars and ponycars defined "ultimate performance" on the street, drag strips, and NASCAR's high-speed tracks. Mopar: The Performance Years provides detailed specs, driving impressions, technical data, and fantastic period photos of the Chrysler Corporation's greatest muscle cars. The books were published originally as part of the Quicksilver Supercar Series. Out of print for more than two decades, original editions of the books are coveted by collectors and rarely come up for sale. Not content to let collectors have all the fun, we've brought them back to provide a unique window into muscle car history. For musclecar fans, each page in Mopar: The Performance Years is like finding another present under the Christmas tree. Featured cars include: Challenger, Charger, Barracuda, Road Runner, Daytona, and Dart; you'll also find coverage of unique cars and racers like the Little Red Wagon, Trans-Am Challenger, the Golden Commandos, the Ramchargers, Richard Petty, Sox & Martin, A.J. Foyt, and Sam Posey. And, of course, there's wealth of information on Mopar's famous engines, from the Hemi to the Wedge and beyond. The original Quicksilver Supercar series Mopar books: Volume 1, ISBN 0-940346-09-5 Volume 2, ISBN 0-940346-17-6 Volume 3, ISBN 0-940346-22-2