Bookin'The Tales Of "Big Daddy"Fans of "Big Daddy" Don Garlits have a lot to look forward to with the release of Tales From the Drag Strip, a first-person account of the biggest icon in fuel drag racing penned with Bill Stephens. Having lived on the edge through a half a century of nitromethane-burning exploits, the countless tales of races, racers, race fans, and race tracks are recounted in this must-have book. A life filled with triumph and tragedy at the helm of the Swamp Rat series of dragsters told in the colorful manner that only Don Garlits himself is capable of. Sports Publishing's Tales From the Drag Strip can be found at all major bookstores in hardback, as well as the Don Garlits museum for around $20. Log onto www.sportspublishingllc.com or www.garlits.com for more information.
Cool Stuff!Viper Dreaming!Tired of falling asleep at your desk? Are your afternoons unbearable in the office? There is a solution in this super trick Viper office chair! Made from genuine Viper seats, they feature a swivel/tilt mechanism, dual wheel hooded casters, seat back angle adjustment, and a pneumatic height adjustment. The only thing missing is a set of five-point racing harnesses. Available in black with Viper embroidered on the headrest. Available for $1,995 plus shipping from RPI Designs at (888) 857-8515 or go online to www.rpidesigns.com. Now you can sit in front of your computer and fantasize the day away-should go over real well with the boss. Perhaps if the boss had one...
Trivia QuestionKarl Pippert IIIIn August we asked: From 1962-1964, what were the 1011/42-inch diameter clutch-disc bellhousings made of for the A745 and T85 three-speed manual transmissions? The answer was: aluminum, cast iron, and steel. Since we only received partially correct answers, no one received Summit Bucks. Better luck next time. For this month we ask: What distinguished the '67 from the '68-'69 dual snorkel (oval snorkels) air cleaner? Do you think you know? Be the first to send in the right answer, and you win the prize. Send your responses to Mopar Muscle, November Summit Racing Trivia Contest, 3816 Industry Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33811. No phone calls, faxes, or e-mails qualify.
Steve's StuffThe Dodge Book Of Performance CarsHere's a little gem we bought at a local used book store for a few bucks. It's The Dodge Book of Performance Cars published by Pocket Books in 1967. Produced by Lyle Kenyon Engel (who was a staffer at such legendary '60s magazines as Modern Rod, Drag Strip and Drag Racing), writing credits are assigned to Frank Wylie, Jack McFarland, and B. F. "Moon" Mullins. If you didn't know, all three of these guys were employed by Dodge Public Relations. Heck, they were Dodge Public Relations.
Bernard "Moon" Mullins was often responsible for placing Max Wedge and Hemi-powered test cars in the hands of magazine writers, and Wylie was instrumental in selling corporate management on supplying factory dollars to The Ramchargers and getting Bill Golden behind the wheel of the Little Red Wagon wheelstander. With these public relations "string pullers" serving as writers, it's no surprise the book's 336 4x7-inch pages are jammed with chapters covering Dodge's involvement in NASCAR, USAC, Bonneville, NHRA and AHRA drag racing, the Mobil economy run, and even slot car racing.
The best part is how each chapter is full of technical details, vehicle trivia, and fascinating biographical information on legendary Dodge teams. Here's a sample from the table of contents: Bud Faubel, Norm Thatcher, Grissom and Yow, Gary Dyer, Cotton Owens, Don White, Bobby Isaac, Ray Nichels, A.J. Foyt, Lee Roy Yarbrough, Ray Fox, and dozens of others.
The chapter entitled Super Stocks Get Super is our favorite. Check out the photo, and you'll see the pages devoted to Bobby Harrop's Flying Carpet and Bill Flynn's Yankee Peddler and their altered wheelbase factory Dodge FX'ers. Did you know that at the time, Flynn was a 25-year-old ex-paratrooper from the 101st Airborn Division? Or that his sponsor, Sanford Dodge, gave him his first 426 Race Hemi as a prize after beating Arnie Beswick at the '64 NHRA Summer Nationals on Labor Day weekend at Indy? You would if you had this book. So take a closer look at those stacks of used paperbacks at swap meets, yard sales, and library clearance sales. You might just find a copy of the Dodge Book of Performance Cars. -Steve Magnante
For August, our picture came from Todd and Dora Law of Saint Clair Shores, Michigan. It's a picture of their 5-year-old son getting the proper training. Our best caption reply came from Paul Reppa of Cedar Lake, Indiana. His caption was: "OK, I installed the new shocks, pinion snubber, and gear fluid, now can I drive it?" For his caption Paul will receive a Mopar Muscle license plate.
Unfortunately, since we have not recently received any new Caption Cutup pictures, we are forced to temporarily suspend Caption Cutups. If you want to see more, by all means send 'em in. Send to Mopar Muscle, Caption Cut-Ups, 3816 Industry Blvd., Lakeland, FL, 33811.