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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Director of Photography:
Daniel De Silva
Assistant Camera Operators
Daniel De Silva
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The Ford Falcon Squire
The Squire is a short film about a dude and his car.
Kyle is a guy who loves vintage cars of the early 1960's
His 1963 Ford Falcon Squire took years to rebuild and restore to its
original glory and now its the family car.
He hopes to give The Squire to his son when he's old enough to drive it.
Music Ride On: by Nick Jaguar
Director: Tom Broadhurst
Camera: Daniel DaSilva
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
Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird dragster MASSIVE BURNOUT @ Dragracing Drachten 2011 [720p HD]
Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird dragster MASSIVE BURNOUT @ Dragracing
Drachten 2011 [720p HD]
Car: 1970 Roadrunner Superbird fiberglass body home made, chromoly chassis
build by Chassis Engineering 6.0 cert.
Driver: Marck Harteveld
Raceclass: Super Pro ET
Engine: 636 Indy Legend HEMI Aluminium water block, Ross racing pistons,
Grp rods. 16:1 compression Indy Hemi Heads, Titanium valves,Raised roller
cam, Indy high rise intake dual 1125 King Demon carbs, Msd Ignition, Dry
sump Oil system, Vp Racing fuel C23.
Tramsmission: Trans 727 aut. Cope Racing trans. Trans brake, Cheeta air
shifter, Special made converter by PTC
Rearaxle: Rear end Custom made by Chassis Engineering, Strange center
section 456 gears, Strange axels, Strange brakes and shocks.
Suspension: Strange front suspension.
Brakes: Willwood Brakes.
Wheels: MT wheels and tires.
Race ready Best ET: 1/4 mile 8.09 - 269 km.
1964 Plymouth Belvedere rockin test drive, for sale, http://www.autoappraise.com 800-301-3886
Certified auto appraiser Jason Phillips completed a 3 hour long inspection
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test drive and full written description report.
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American Muscle Car - S02E07 - Dodge Daytona & Plymouth Superbird
The American Musclecar series relives that incredible time when Detroit
produced the most outrageous cars ever to hit the street. From the car that
started it all, the 1964 Pontiac GTO, experience the glory days of power
and speed through the stories of those who lived and breathed it then. This
2-disc set features twelve half-hour episodes devoted to each extraordinary
muscle car from that magical era.
Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 1959-1963
Pontiac 421 Super Duty
Ford Fairlane GT & Torino Talladega
427 Cobra 1963-1967
Chevrolet Corvette Camaro Z/28
Dodge Daytona and Plymouth Superbird
The Mopar Super Stockers
American Motors AMX
Dodge Challenger TA and Plymouth AAR 'Cuda
Buick Regal GNX
1955-1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
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.
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.
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.
1970 Plymouth Superbird- 1/2 scale
The sweetest, most awesome, one of a kind little car you have ever seen!!!
Handmade from scratch, all fiberglass body sitting on a go cart chasis,
with a new 8HP Briggs and Stratton motor. It's about half the size of a
regular car. Many details to make it look just like the real thing. The car
is 9ft long and you enter through the door.
Has been brought to 3 car shows, and man does it turn heads and get a lot
of "WOWs." To to be featured in an upcoming issue of Mopar Collectible
BLOKY Valiant On The dyno
We saw it do a skid the other day but here it is on the Dyno at Performance Car Mania.
Daniel Blok's 1970 VG Valiant sedan has a 358ci Dodge NASCAR engine and it
makes an easy 800hp at the flywheel. With a power sapping Powerglide and
nine-inch diff the power at the rear wheels is 588rwhp which makes it one
of the healthiest naturally aspirated cars we've seen in a while. Make me
wonder how I can get one of these for one of my Valiants. :)