MODEL CHALLENGER FOR A CHALLENGER MODEL
One day in 1982, when Scott Swaydrak was driving his 1970 Challenger T/A down the streets of his Glenview, Illinois, hometown, he noticed that he was being followed. He pulled into a gas station, and the suspicious vehicle pulled in right behind him. When Scott stopped, the other driver popped out of his vehicle and said, “We’ve been looking for this car.”
Scott replied, “Who is ‘we’?” He recalls thinking, Is the car stolen? Is this the FBI?
Neither. It turned out to be Roger Harney from Monogram Models, which was based in nearby Morton Grove. Roger was both friendly and persuasive as he talked to Scott about having his E-Body serve as a reference Challenger for the creation of a 1:24-scale 1970 Challenger T/A plastic model kit.
Flattered, Scott agreed to bring his car to Monogram Models to supply the staff with needed pictures, measurements, and details of the car. The two-day process resulted in an accurate kit for enthusiasts. As a display of gratitude for the use of his Challenger, Monogram supplied Scott with a case of 12 model kits and a preproduction version built in just red plastic. Not many muscle cars can lay claim to having a modeling career.
n The Monogram model turned out great. Scott’s actual license plate, SAS 392, was included on the cover. n Photographs and measurements were taken by the staff of Monogram Models in order to create a scale model ofScott Swaydrak’s Challenger T/A. It took the better part of two days to collect all necessary information.
n Bob Johnson, an executive at Monogram Models, is seen shooting pictures of the Challenger T/A while a designer makes notes for production purposes.