After setting the B/Production Flying Mile record of 156.35 mph at the Salt Flats, I daily-drove and drag raced the 426 Street Hemi in around New York City. Bob Summers’, left, pre-production ’66 Plymouth 426 Street Hemi registered a top speed of 160.82 mph and set a USAC-FIA two-way Flying Mile record of 156.35 mph. It also set the two-way Flying Kilometer record of 155.30 mph. The B/Production records had been “owned” for years by factory Pontiacs prepared and driven by Mickey Thompson. I had...Read More
Plymouth 426 Hemi
CARLISLE CHRYSLER NATIONALS: MOPAR MADNESS!
Our field agent Mike Matune was on the ground at Carlisle’s annual bash for lovers of everything Dodge & Plymouth. Carlisle Events once again filled the Fairgrounds with every manner of Chrysler product for the 2014 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. Here you look over just a portion of the goings on and ask yourself; where else could you see this many immaculately prepared E-Bodies (1970-‘74 Barracudas and Challengers) in one place? As the factory Supercar wars escalated, cars became ever m...Read More
MOPAR HEMI ENGINE: GOLDEN OLDIE!
Chrysler celebrates the golden anniversary of the 426-inch Hemi, an engine that has been 'rewriting' drag strip, circle track & Bonneville record books for 50 years! “Mopar is proud to mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Gen II 426 HEMI, a revolutionary engine that inspired a long line of quality products in our brand’s portfolio,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO — Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC. “The 426 HEMI is such a vital part of our heritage and a key in...Read More
’65 PLYMOUTH 426 HEMI BELVEDERE: DAYTONA CONTINENTAL!
Mike Matune blogs about the day that a maximum muscle car invaded the hallowed ground of serious GT sports cars. It was truly Mayflower Madness! When one talks about the World Championship of Makes in the 1960s, the discussion naturally turns to the Cobra - Ferrari Wars or Ford & Ferrari’s battle for Le Mans supremacy. While epic battles both, they tend, by their sheer notoriety, to overshadow other racing efforts of the same time. What about the others, those that seem to have been ill...Read More