Mopar Heritage

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MOPAR TO THE MAX

"Max Wedge” is the name that put Dodge and Plymouth on the performance map in 1962 and forever. It’s the name Mopar® enthusiasts gave Chrysler’s Maximum Performance engine packages for the company’s 1962–1964 factory-built drag racing cars. These machines were the catalysts that made “Mopar” the name for Chrysler performance...

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Mopar Heritage

HYPER ACTIVE MOPAR

The new Mopar® Challenger Drag Pak isn't the first "Pak" car by Chrysler. The first one emerged fifty years ago. It was the "Hyper-Pak" package for Dodge...

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Larry Rathge Inspects

TOO FAST TOO SOON?

Larry Rathgeb, the engineer in charge of Dodge race car development, was on his way to Chief Engineer Bob Rodger's office at Chrysler Corporation headquarters in early fall 1969. Waiting there were Rodger and an angry Ronney Householder, Manager of Chrysler circle track racing. Rathgeb thought this would be his last walk on Chrysler grounds. He expected to be fired...

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High Performance Mopar

CHRYSLER'S HIGH-PERFORMANCE PIONEER

Who is the father of the HEMI® engine? Tom Hoover is the consensus answer for the 426 HEMI, but what about the first Generation HEMI—the Chrysler FirePower V-8, introduced in 1951? We think that, if there is a “Father” for this engine, he would be James Zeder.grounds. He expected to be fired. These machines...

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