Machines come and go, usually becoming the victims of human progress..
Murray Markwell of Southern Customs, in Pakenham Melbourne loves his American Muscle Cars, he also loves having a beer and having a chat. Murray is a walking talking encyclopedia of information about cars and car culture. Bandit Films were happy to go along for the ride and film this old NASCAR behemoth, a true testament to speed, power and money...
Director: Aaron Cuthbert
Director of Photography/ Editing/Colour Grade: Daniel De Silva
Producer/ Photography: Tom Broadhurst
Title: The Outside Man theme music
Composer: Michel Legrand
About the Superbird:
Developed specifically for NASCAR racing, the Superbird, a modified Road Runner/Belvedere, was Plymouth's follow-on design to the Charger Daytona fielded by sister company Dodge in the previous season. The Charger 500 version that began the 1969 season was the first American car to be designed aerodynamically using a wind tunnel and computer analysis, and later was modified into the Daytona version with nose and tail. The Superbird's smoothed-out body and nosecone were further refined from that of the Daytona, and the street version's retractable headlights added nineteen inches to the Road Runner's original length. The rear spoiler, or "wing", was mounted on tall vertical struts that put it into less disturbed air thus increasing the efficiency of the downdraft that it placed upon the car's rear axle. In street versions, it was designed to provide clearance for the trunklid to open freely. The rear-facing fender scoops were incorporated in an effort to ventilate trapped air from the wheel wells in order to facilitate brake cooling.
A Mopar Orange Plymouth Superbird.
In response, NASCAR's homologation requirement demanded that vehicles to be raced must be available to the general public and sold through dealerships in specific minimum numbers. For 1970, NASCAR raised the production requirement from 500 examples to one for every two manufacturer's dealers in the United States; in the case of Plymouth, that meant having to build 1,920 Superbirds. Due to increasing emissions regulations, combined with insurance hikes for high performance cars, 1970 was its only production year.
"Superbird" decals were placed on the outside edges of the spoiler vertical struts featuring a picture of the Road Runner cartoon character holding a racing helmet. A smaller version of the decal appears on the driver side headlight door. Superbirds had three engine options: the 426 Hemi V8 engine, the 440 Super Commando with a single 4-barrel carburetor, or the 440 Super Commando Six Barrel with three two-barrel carburetors. Only 135 models were fitted with the 426 Hemi. As the 440 was less expensive to produce, the "Street" version of the 426 Hemi engine used in competition was homologated by producing the minimum number required.
On the street, the nose cone and wing were very distinctive, but the aerodynamic improvements hardly made a difference there or on the drag strip. In fact, the 1970 Road Runner was actually quicker in the quarter mile and standard acceleration tests due to the increased weight of the Superbird's nose and wing. Only at speeds in excess of 90 mph (140 km/h) did the modifications show any benefit.
"The year is 1947, an ex-serviceman returns home to Southern California.
His old '32 Ford Roadster is removed from the shed, and the guts of a
wrecked '39 Mercury sedan are transplanted in, giving more power, braking
and top speed, essential for the dry lakes racing career he will embark on.
He outfits the motor with products from the growing speed equipment
industries catalogues, and races his car against fellow car club members
and the clock. The car also serves as daily transport for him in the mild
So Cal climate, the loud twin Exhausts
upsetting the locals still not used to the returned soldiers need for
peacetime thrills. The era immediately following WW2 in Southern California
was the time frame and inspiration for me to build an accurate recreation
of a stripped down, dry lakes racing, late forties street roadster.
Something of a time machine, so that a drive down the street or across the
state could become a journey back sixty years.
Rancho Deluxe is my full time business, building traditional hotrod
classics and components, and assembling period correct cars. The Rancho
Deluxe roadster is my expression of a true Hot-Rod, a time machine back to
when innovation was hand built, and the true test of man and machine was
flat out across the Lakes"
Owner of Rancho Deluxe
The above article taken from:
Fuel Magazine Australia Issue No.4
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Assistant Camera Operators
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71 Dodge Daytona
Gary & Pam Beineke built their 1971(G-Series) wingcars based upon results
from a secret wind tunnel test report Chrysler had conducted in early 1970
on the new 71 Dodge and Plymouth B-bodies. No full scale cars were ever
built...until now. After building a car they tested the full scale version
in the A2 Wind Tunnel. This video shows the smoke testing from that day.
1970 Richard Petty flip @ Darlington
Richard Petty suffers one of the worst accidents in his NASCAR career
during the 1970 Rebel 400 at Darlington. He suffered a dislocated shoulder
in the accident.
History of stock car racing, moonshine, muscle cars
I do not claim any ownership over the copyrights to this video. It was
recorded off the TV around 1995 and I have not seen it anywhere since, so I
thought I would share it with the world. This video has not been monetized
and therefore I am not earning revenue from it.
Joel Highsmith's 194mph Superbird "Grizz"
VIDEO PRODUCED BY Gearhead Flicks
1970 Plymouth HEMI 'Cuda / American Musclecar Legend
This is an original 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda with the 4-speed manual
transmission. Less than 400 of these legendary Hemi Cudas with the 4-speed
manual transmission were built in 1970. True American Musclecar
Wind Tunnel Test: "43" 1971 Petty Superbird
Gary & Pam Beineke built this race version G-Series Superbird-stable mate
to the K&K Daytona-a next generation, 'what-if' tribute to Petty and the
'71 NASCAR season that never was.
They took the car to Mooresville NC "Race City USA" to test in the A2 Wind
Tunnel. Although a full scale version was never built in 1971 Chrysler
performed wind tunnel development on a 3/8 scale model until NASCAR made a
rule change for the 71 season that would ban the wing cars from
competition. Gary Romberg is the technical director at AeroDyn & A2, and
also one of the original aerodynamicists that worked on the wing cars back
when they were developed at Chrysler. Notes and data from the 3/8 model
were donated to the Wing Warriors Car Club and the Beineke's built their
car based off data results from those wind tunnel tests in the 70's.
Romberg was on hand to see a project he worked on over 40 years ago get
built into a full scale version.
1970 plymouth Road Runner 440
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1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Review
Hello and welcome to Saabkyle04! YouTube's largest collection of automotive
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look at the very unique 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird.
According to the original window sticker, this Superbird originally sold
for $4,794.62 back in 1970.
During this presentation, we will take a 1st person look at what the
vehicle is all about beginning with the start up, performance data, fuel
economy, the occasional track data, and build quality. Also, I will teach
you how to use most of the interior and exterior features in a detailed
fashion, that before, you could only get from going to a dealership
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differences about the vehicle, any available options, and of course it
would not be an enthusiast car video without the good ole engine portion
with rev and Exhaust note with
interior and exterior perspectives. A thorough tour/review of this car
designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
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