Ma Mopar has been famous for spring specials, featuring new models and option packages and/or colors...and for 2013 they’re back, in the form of SRT’s Core models.
Debuting at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, these Challenger, Charger Superbee, and 300 SRT models don’t have features like leather seats or fog lights, and the Brembo brake calipers are black instead of red. But all the SRT chassis and powertrain hardware is there, including the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8s, 20-inch aluminum five-spoke wheels, and Bilstein shocks.
Outside, no stripes or spoilers, but you’ve got three famous High Impact colors to choose from—Plum Crazy, Tor Red, and Hemi Orange Pearl Coat are available.
Starting sticker prices range from $39.995 for the SRT Core Challenger, and $44,995 for the SRT Core 300.
Summit Trivia Challenge
For April we got one of the biggest batches of Summit Trivia Challenges that we’ve received in a while...all but two of them were correct!
Here’s that question again: For 1973 which Dodge Charger SE styling cue debuted—and which one went away? Answer: 1973 was the first year for the Charger SE’s gille-like rear quarter windows (Opera windows, they were called back then), and the first year that it didn’t have hideaway headlights.
Michael Elmore of St. Charles, Missouri, scores the Summit Racing Equipment gift certificate this month, as his correct answer was the first one we got.
Here’s the question for July: True or false... All Michigan-built ’68 B-Body cars were assembled at the Lynch Road Assembly Plant.
Do your best research, and then send your entry via U.S. Mail or Canada Post to: Mopar Muscle, July Summit Trivia, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619 USA.
Remember, in case we get more than one correct answer, the first one we receive with the correct answer—or the one with the earliest postmark, in case we get a bunch of correct answers all at once—is the winner. The judge’s decision is final.
Ignore That Red Thing
Forget that...that...thing is even on the cover. Focus on the Sox & Martin Duster, and keep an eye out for lots of other Mopars in Steve Reyes’ new book from CarTech Books, The Dawn of Pro Stock: Drag Racing’s Fastest Doorslammers 1970-1979.
It’s loaded with over 200 color photos—many taken trackside by Reyes himself—of the Dodges and Plymouths that ran in NHRA’s newest Pro class back then, piloted by drivers like Sox, Dick Landy, Herb “Mr. 4-Speed” McCandless, Don Carlton, Butch Leal, Shirley Shahan, Don Grotheer, Arlen Vanke, and Stu McDade, and there are chapters on the racers and race-car builders who pioneered the class.
If you want a good look at what Pro Stock was when they actually raced production-based cars, get The Dawn of Pro Stock: Drag Racing’s Fastest Doorslammers 1970-1979. (And ignore that red thing and its grouchy builder/driver.)
Get It: CarTech Books • 800/551-4754 • www.cartechbooks.com