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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Murray Markwell and his motors
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"You can't beat those cubes"
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1970 Superbird & 1972 Cuda Racing On Interstate 75
This is my red, white and blue Superbird back when it was a stock Alpine
White Superbird. A group of us were on our way from Detroit, Michigan to
Columbus, Ohio for a Mopar show in September of 1985. We all had C.B.
radios and I lined up against a buddy of mine in a 1972 Cuda. The footage
was shot from another Superbird behind me. The "three count" was given
over the C.B. radio.
Plymouth Superbird V8 drifting
Chippen test drifting Tommy "Tiger" Björk´s Superbird on Xtreme Speed
Festival. The long nose is off to be able to change the steering angle more
easy. It´s not good enough - Samuel Hübinette on location said no thanks.
1970 Dodge Charger 440-6 Pack Unveiling! Stamford CT
Restored Charger is unveiled to the original owners after 25 Years. This
car was one of the most recognized 4 wheel celebrates in Stamford Ct. in
the early 1970's! Original Owner "Butch" went on to drag race his
Peterbuilt at the Crazy Eddie Diesel Truckin Nationals in Englishtown NJ.
in the mid-70's.
Wind Tunnel Superbird
71 Superbird concept car built by Gary and Pam Beineke. See the story of
the "what if" cars they build at www.71wingcars.com
1969 Plymouth Hemi Roadrunner
Total miles - 31,300!
This is a very rare and highly collectible investment car.
Everything is original.
The car is nearly flawless and as close as you can get to going back in
time and buying one off the showroom floor.
The ride is spectacular with power to spare.
The car will spin tires first through third, if you dare.
1 owner for 18 years. Purchased as investment 20 years ago.
31287 Current Original Miles
Motor was built by Richard Conelly race engines. Builder for Nascar.
$20k for just complete motor rebuild.
7500 RPMS reliable red line.
Engine, transmission, rear end, are all original to the car.
Complete nut and bolt restoration 16 years ago.
Guages are not yellowed.
Chrome is nearly perfect.
All original parts and tags throughout.
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. :)
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.