But With a Pas­sion for Hemi Power, She’s no An­gel

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But with a pas­sion for Hemi power, she’s no an­gel

God­fa­ther of Soul James Brown was known for croon­ing, “It’s a man’s world.” That’s gen­er­ally true in the world of mus­cle cars, but then again, he never met Jan­ice Suther­land. She’s a lady with four Hemi-pow­ered Mopars: a 1970 Superbird, 1969 Road Run­ner, 1966 Satel­lite, and an ex­act­ing 1969 Charger Day­tona “re-cre­ation.” There’s a 440-pow­ered Superbird in her col­lec­tion, too. And she has owned two of them, the Hemi Superbird and Satel­lite, since brand new. That’s far more mus­cle than we can pack into one fea­ture, so we’ll high­light the Hemi Superbird and Road Run­ner here, along with a few words about the Day­tona, and peel out from there to bring you the other cars in a later is­sue.

Jan­ice’s mus­cle car saga be­gan back in 1966, when she and her then-hus­band Les, a Dodge me­chanic by trade, bought the yel­low Satel­lite for rac­ing. They tore up the tracks around Ukiah,

Cal­i­for­nia, but that wasn’t enough for her. Light­ning struck when Jan­ice saw a 1970 news­pa­per ar­ti­cle about

Buddy Baker bust­ing the 200-mph bar­rier in an out­ra­geously an­ti­so­cial, winged Day­tona.

“That’s the kind of car I wanted,” Jan­ice re­calls. “It was my for­ever car.” Truth be told, she ac­tu­ally mis­took the Charger Day­tona for a Superbird. The two are some­what sim­i­lar, with a few dif­fer­ences in the nosecone, body, and rear sail pan­els, so her con­fu­sion was some­what un­der­stand­able.

Mopar his­tory buffs al­ready know that the 1970 Ply­mouth Superbird was a fol­low-up to the 1969 Dodge Charger Day­tona, the

first Amer­i­can car with a body de­vel­oped in a wind tun­nel and by com­puter anal­y­sis. (Prior to that, au­to­mo­tive aero­dy­nam­ics were an­a­lyzed by tap­ing tufts of yarn to the body and film­ing the car at speed.)

The Superbird took this dig­i­tal de­sign ap­proach to even greater lengths. The nose on both mod­els added 19 inches to the base car’s over­all di­men­sion, but the rear sec­tions were not the same. While the Charger had a flat win­dow cov­er­ing over the rear tun­nel, on the Superbird the rear sail pan­els (C-pil­lars) were ex­tended for bet­ter air­flow. This mod­i­fi­ca­tion re­sulted in all Su­per­birds hav­ing a vinyl top to cover up the rough, im­pro­vised met­al­work (due to pro­duc­tion be­ing done at fu­ri­ous clip, 2,000 units in only two months).

The tall alu­minum rear wing, mounted on struts on the trunk, in­creased down­force. Re­port­edly it re­ally only needed to be about a foot in height to serve its pur­pose, but one re­tired Mopar en­gi­neer claimed that it was el­e­vated 23 inches to al­low the trunk lid to open all the way. Sup­pos­edly Richard Petty liked the ex­tra height solely for the in­tim­i­da­tion fac­tor.

Smit­ten by the winged mon­ster she saw in the news­pa­per, Jan­ice promptly made a bee­line for the Ukiah Mopar deal­er­ship to put in an or­der. But the sales man­ager em­phat­i­cally re­fused,

“If it’s go­ing to have

the wrong en­gine, it might as well be the

right wrong en­gine”

fear­ing any war­ranty claims. Lit­tle did he know just how well Jan­ice would take care of her much beloved Hemis in the com­ing decades.

Loaded and Then Some

For­tu­nately, a dealer fur­ther south, in Pitts­burg, Cal­i­for­nia, was far more ac­com­mo­dat­ing, and she was able to grab the last Hemi Superbird in the state. The car came fully loaded, with ev­ery pos­si­ble op­tion and then some. Be­sides the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and Rim-Blow steer­ing wheel (just squeeze the edge to sound the pur­ple beep-beep horn), it also had an eight-track player, plus a cen­ter con­sole and a sixway ad­justable driver’s bucket seat (most came with a bench seat). At the time, all of these items would be sur­pris­ing to find on a Road Run­ner given its rep­u­ta­tion as a stripped-down mus­cle car (as you will see in the B5 Blue com­pan­ion car).

One more odd thing popped up on the build sheet: a rear speaker. Al­though tech­ni­cally not avail­able as an op­tion, with no box to check on the or­der form, it some­how made it onto the car from the fac­tory.

Jan­ice says she did a bit of street rac­ing in her Lime­light Green Superbird against her hus­band in the yel­low Satel­lite, mostly

“She was able to grab the last Hemi Superbird in the state”

the usual stop­light drags and Satur­day night an­tics. But right af­ter the In­ter­state 5 free­way opened up, she hit the fresh pave­ment to run her Superbird up to 150 mph. (The street gear­ing was too low, how­ever, to du­pli­cate Buddy Baker’s 200mph feat.)

She also used the Superbird as a daily driver to take her kids to school and run er­rands. What a sight that must have been, see­ing such a col­or­ful car tool­ing around town, and her get­ting gro­ceries in a NASCAR-de­rived ride. She even oc­ca­sion­ally used it to tow a horse trailer, and also a flat-bot­tom drag boat from Ukiah to Lake

Shasta! (More about what hap­pened to the Hemi in that boat later.) It was like putting a thor­ough­bred to the plow.

Even­tu­ally the kids grew tired of be­ing teased about their Mom’s “up­side-down Hula Hoe gar­den tool,” and they asked her to drop them off a block away from their school­mates. As they grew older, though, they came around and asked if they could drive the Superbird to high school. How cool was that?! Was she wor­ried about putting a Hemi in the hands of a hor­monal teenager? Not re­ally.

“We all have lead feet,” she laughs. “We were not the kind of par­ents that most par­ents would like to see their kids with.” Usu­ally the cops would pull over her son Les be­cause they just wanted to check out the car, and he’d get away with only a warn­ing and a know­ing smile. (On the other hand, Jan­ice ad­mits that she’s al­ways one ticket away from los­ing her driver’s li­cense.)

Over the next 15 years of reg­u­lar use, Jan­ice’s Superbird went through three restora­tions. The orig­i­nal Hemi en­gine never re­quired more than a mild re­fresh (new gas­kets and seals). Larry Snow, who over­sees her col­lec­tion to a re­mark­ably

“It was like putting a thor­ough­bred to the plow”

Each year, Bob Ash­ton and the team that puts on the Mus­cle Car and Corvette Na­tion­als as­sem­ble a num­ber of spe­cial dis­plays to put MCACN’s cars in a form of or­ga­nized con­text. There are an­niver­sary year dis­plays, cel­e­brat­ing cars from 50 and 45 years ago. There are fea­tured mar­que dis­plays, su­per­car builder dis­plays, ar­eas for un­re­stored cars, and those ev­er­pop­u­lar barn finds and hid­den gems.

Right in­side the main en­trance to the show is a cen­ter­piece dis­play, the knock-your-socks-off col­lec­tion of ul­tra­rare or de­sir­able mus­cle that drops jaws and shakes heads. One year it was a gath­er­ing of al­most ev­ery Trans Am con­vert­ible Pontiac made in 1969. An­other year, Bob and his crew brought to­gether 27 of the 39 Hemi E-Body con­vert­ibles that are known to ex­ist.

For the 10th an­niver­sary MCACN, and the 50th an­niver­sary of the 1968 model year, Bob and com­pany as­sem­bled rep­re­sen­ta­tive cars—as well as price­less mem­o­ra­bilia and his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments— that were a part of Chrysler’s fa­mous Scat Pack/Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem mar­ket­ing cam­paigns of the late 1960s to early 1970s. The story of the Dodge Scat Pack and Ply­mouth Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem tells of how tal­ented ad­ver­tis­ing men and women helped fuel the fire for the mus­cle car ma­nia that still leaves an im­pact to­day. These artists and writ­ers helped shape the per­son­al­ity of the cars that cap­tured the hearts of a gen­er­a­tion. When the dust set­tled, that gen­er­a­tion has never for­got­ten the al­lure and ex­cite­ment of the raw brawn of the big-cu­bic-inch, high-horse­power V-8 Detroit mus­cle car.

Dodge Scat Pack

Amidst the ris­ing tide of mus­cle car ma­nia in 1967, Dodge re­al­ized that it needed to mar­ket cars ag­gres­sively to horse­pow­er­hun­gry en­thu­si­asts. Bob McCurry, the vice pres­i­dent of the Dodge di­vi­sion, di­rected the ad­ver­tis­ing agency BBD&O to come up with a mar­ket­ing cam­paign to pro­mote the high per­for­mance Dodge cars of the com­ing 1968 model year. Prob­a­bly play­ing off the pop­u­lar Hol­ly­wood Rat Pack of Frank Si­na­tra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Law­ford, some­one came up with the con­cept of cre­at­ing an au­to­mo­tive Scat Pack.

“Part of the Scat Pack ex­cite­ment was all about putting big mo­tors in com­pact cars”

When the 1968 model year ar­rived, there would be three Dodge Scat Packs: the Charger R/T, the Coronet R/T, and the Dart GTS. Dodge called the Charger R/T “The Clean Ma­chine,” the Coronet R/T “The Time Ma­chine,” and the Dart GTS “The Scat Pack Com­pact.” All three ma­jored in per­for­mance but catered to the var­i­ous pref­er­ences of Dodge fans.

Though other man­u­fac­tur­ers were in­volved in push­ing high­per­for­mance mar­ket­ing cam­paigns, Dodge was the first man­u­fac­turer to at­tach cri­te­ria for Scat Pack mem­ber­ship. First, the car had to run 14.99 in the quar­ter or quicker. Sec­ond, these cars would be rec­og­nized as “the cars with the bum­ble­bee stripes.” The cre­ation of said cri­te­ria set the Scat Pack Dodges apart from other ef­forts.

The Dodge Scat Pack mar­ket­ing cam­paign of­fered mem­ber­ship to the Dodge Scat Pack Club. For a mere $3, “young, swing­ing car en­thu­si­asts” could join the Scat Pack Club and re­ceive a Scat Pack poster, Scat Pack jacket patch, Hus­tle Stuff parts cat­a­log, bumper sticker, mem­ber­ship card, and monthly news­let­ter. Mem­ber­ship was in­tended to in­crease sales and show­room traf­fic, while build­ing al­le­giance to the Dodge brand.

Deal­er­ship Scat Pack pro­mo­tional kits and stylish mag­a­zine ad­ver­tise­ments served to fur­ther the vis­i­bil­ity of the Dodge Scat Pack cars, push­ing them into the spot­light of the mus­cle car gen­er­a­tion.

Ply­mouth Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem

As the 1970 model year loomed, Ply­mouth de­ter­mined it needed a mar­ket­ing cam­paign that would build an en­thu­si­ast base to ri­val the Dodge Scat Pack mar­ket­ing pro­gram. Al­ready rife with

“A knock-your-socks-off col­lec­tion of ul­tra­rare or de­sir­able mus­cle that drops jaws and shakes heads”

“Mopar was se­ri­ous about mak­ing the RTS suc­cess­ful”

bold and beau­ti­ful images and il­lus­tra­tions, as well as the win­ning Pro Stock teams that would host Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem Su­per Car Clin­ics, one could say that the Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem landed with feet run­ning. Ad­ver­tis­ing would be crafted to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of the younger gen­er­a­tion caught up in a cul­ture cen­tered on drag rac­ing and street/strip cars.

Ply­mouth ex­plained the Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem this way: “As the name im­plies, it’s a sys­tem, a to­tal con­cept in trans­porta­tion that goes be­yond eight pis­tons and a steer­ing wheel. The Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem is rac­ing … at Day­tona, River­side, Ce­cil County … and the race cars them­selves … Drag­sters, Su­per Stocks, Oval Stock­ers … the essence of high per­for­mance ma­chin­ery.”

For 1970, Ply­mouth clearly had as much or more to of­fer the pub­lic over the Dodge Scat Pack. The friendly Dodge/Ply­mouth ri­valry that ex­ists in the Mopar camp can heat up a bit, but when the smoke cleared, the Dodge Scat Pack and Ply­mouth Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem would com­ple­ment one in an­other in win­ning the rac­ing and mus­cle car world over to the Chrysler side of the aisle.

Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem Car­a­van Cars

The Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem Car­a­van was es­sen­tially a trav­el­ing car show that ran for two years, 1970 and 1971, in an ef­fort to pro­mote the RTS ve­hi­cles. Mopar was se­ri­ous about mak­ing the RTS suc­cess­ful, as ev­i­denced by the hir­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Show Car As­so­ci­a­tion’s Bob Larivee to su­per­vise the ef­fort. Four RTS Car­a­van cars were built for the RTS Car­a­van: a 1970 RTS ’Cuda, a 1970 RTS Duster (re­vised for 1971), and 1970 and 1971 RTS Road Run­ners. In ad­di­tion to these show cars, Don “The Snake” Prud­homme’s Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem Ply­mouth Bar­racuda Funny Car was part of the RTS Car­a­van.

The RTS Car­a­van proved to be highly suc­cess­ful for Ply­mouth. Jim Schild, in his ex­cel­lent CarTech book Dodge Scat Pack and Ply­mouth Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem, wrote that the RTS Car­a­van pre­miere for the 1970 model year in New York City was highly suc­cess­ful, with 73,626 peo­ple at­tend­ing. Cars, parts, cat­a­logs, and cut­away en­gines all served to make the Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem a house­hold name among mus­cle car en­thu­si­asts.

“It sat from 1977 un­til 2009, rack­ing up only

9,147 miles”

By Steve Tem­ple

n While the overly tall wing in­creased down­force, it was not to ev­ery­one’s taste when Su­per­birds were sold in 1970. It’s been said that some deal­ers ac­tu­ally con­verted some of them to reg­u­lar Road Run­ners to makea sale. For Superbird fans, that’s tan­ta­mount to sac­ri­lege.

n With a 19-inch nosecone and Coronet front end grafted onto a Road Run­ner body, Jan­ice Suther­land’s Superbird is so long she can barely fit it in her garage.

n While the 426 Hemi was rated at 425 hp by the fac­tory, ac­tual out­put was likely about 100 horses more. The Hemi in Jan­ice’s Superbird never needed more than mild fresh­en­ing over the years.

n Jan­ice’s grand­daugh­ter Alyssa squeezed the Rim-Blow steer­ing wheel to demon­strate how to sound the fa­mous beep-beep horn.n Most Su­per­birds came with a bench seat rather than the buck­ets seen here, in keep­ing with the Road Run­ner’s stripped-down na­ture.

n When the Road Run­ner was in­tro­duced in 1968, the list price for a base model with a 383 was less than $2,900. The ex­tra charge for a 426 Hemi was only $715, a scream­ing deal in hind­sight.

n For the 1969 model year, the Road Run­ner was lightly face-lifted with a restyle grille. The car­toon bird de­cals were fi­nally in color, too.

n The Road Run­ner’s tail­lights were also re­vised for 1969.

By Arvid Svend­sen

n With the cre­ation of the Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem(RTS) came the cre­ation of the Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem Car­a­van.Three of the four RTS Car­a­van cars, for­merly owned by the late Steven Ju­liano, were on dis­play to­gether at the 10th An­nual MCACN.

n This is the ac­tual draw­ing by Jim Hanna that led to the cre­ation of the Dodge Bee, the mas­cot/logothat ac­com­pa­nied much of the Dodge Scat Pack ad­ver­tis­ing from 1968 to 1971. Ken Hanna had nineof his fa­ther’s orig­i­nal draw­ings on dis­play.

n A close-up shot of the Kult­gen A12 Su­per Bee high­lights the Dodge Scat Pack Bee em­blem in the grille, the lift-off hood, gloss-black wheels (with no hub­caps), and red­line G70-15 Poly­glas tires. The 440 Six Pack mo­tor pro­duces 390 hp and fea­tured nu­mer­ous high­per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity up­grades. It was the ul­ti­mate boy racer street car pack­age.Ken Hanna and Jim Se­creto ex­plained how orig­i­nal art­work even­tu­ally be­came the ac­tual fi­nal ad­ver­tis­ing or cat­a­log con­tent. In this case, the top image was the orig­i­nal art­work for ex­plain­ing var­i­ous op­tions of per­for­mance lev­els of Scat Pack­ages. The bot­tom image was the fi­nal­ized ver­sion of the con­tent.

n The Scat Pack and RTS show­case fea­tured Darlene Charles’ 1969 Charger Day­tona. Her car was driven spar­ingly early on, and then sat from 1977 un­til 2009, rack­ing up only 9,147 miles. It was re­stored at Clark Clas­sic Restora­tions. The 440 four-bar­rel en­gine, four-speed man­ual A833 trans­mis­sion, and Dana 60 3.54 rear are all born-with com­po­nents. Also fea­tured in the show­case was Tom Lem­beck’s 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger Day­tona.

n For midyear 1969, Dodge and Ply­mouth of­fered the A12 440 Six-Pack op­tion on the Su­per Bee and Road Run­ner, re­spec­tively.The Dodge Scat Pack ad­ver­tise­ments for the Su­per Bee A12 read, “Six Pack to Go,” and went on to de­scribe the fea­tures of the high­per­for­mance 440ci en­gine with the three two­bar­rel Hol­ley car­bu­re­tors mounted atop an Edel­brock alu­minum in­take man­i­fold. This A12 Su­per Bee, owned by Brent and Jeff Kult­gen, served as the per­fect rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the beauty of the “lift-off hood” B-Body Mopar.n

n Part of the Scat Pack ex­cite­ment was all about putting big mo­tors in com­pact cars like the Dart GTS. Dodge called the Dart GTS the “Com­pact Scat Pack.” It was equipped with ei­ther the stan­dard 340/275-horse V-8 or the op­tional 383/300hp en­gine. Mr. Norm had Dodge build 48 ex­am­ples of a 1968 Dart GTS that was stuffed with the 440 en­gine, which he called the Dart GSS, of­ten re­ferred to as an M-code. Bill Sefton owns this 440-pow­ered Mr. Norm’s 1968 Dart GSS.

n One of the key ad­ver­tis­ing slo­gans of the Dodge Scat Pack mar­ket­ing cam­paign iden­ti­fied the Scat Pack cars as “the cars with the Bum­ble­bee stripes.” They never looked bet­ter than on the rear of the 1970-1972 Chal­lengers. The white V9W Bum­ble­bee stripe on Cory and Joann Flick’s 1970 Hemi Chal­lenger R/T is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of the Scat Pack pres­ence on the gor­geous E-Body.

n Dodge Scat Pack ad­ver­tis­ing for the 1969 Dodge Dart GTS in­vited the reader to “Run with the Dodge Scat Pack.” A celebrity of sorts among Dodge Scat Pack cars of 1969, this 1969 Dart M-code GTS was a Car Craft mag­a­zine test car. The Bum­ble­bee stripe, GTS em­blem, and 440 hood call­outs were the only in­di­ca­tors of the per­for­mance po­ten­tial of this big-inch A-Body. Owner Richard Got­tlieb had Jeff’s Res­ur­rec­tion in Tay­lor, Texas, do a com­plete “nuts and bolts” restora­tion on the car, with su­perb re­sults.

n As part of Ken Hanna and Jim Se­creto’s dis­play, this orig­i­nal art­work would be pro­posed to the mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for re­vi­sion and de­vel­op­ment. The ob­vi­ous in­flu­ence of the psy­che­delic era was in­tended to reach the youth mar­ket. The list of 1970 Dodge Scat Pack cars is bol­stered with the dom­i­nat­ing image of Dick Landy pow­er­shift­ing his way down the quar­ter-mile.The fi­nal­ized ver­sion of the art­work in the above image was used on the Scat City elec­tri­cally pow­ered scale model dragstrip. Though prim­i­tive by to­day’s stan­dards, the model pro­moted drag rac­ing and mus­cle car ex­cite­ment to chil­dren who would one day take the wheel of a Scat Pack mus­cle car.

n Not sur­pris­ingly, the Dodge Scat Pack ad­ver­tise­ments cap­i­tal­ized on the pho­to­genic 1969 Charger R/T. One ad has a sneaky Charger R/T perched low at an an­gle with the phrase, “We’ve Got You Cor­nered.” An­other straight-on bul­bous nose shot de­clares a red Charger R/T as “Wailer” with the stan­dard 440 four-bar­rel 375hp en­gine. Marc and Darlene Roz­man brought their 1969 Charger RT/SE to MCACN to rep­re­sent those glo­ri­ous Scat Pack ma­chines.

n In 1971, Dodge re­ceived its own ver­sion of the pop­u­lar Duster, and called it the De­mon. Doug Bergdahl had his Plum Crazy 1971 Dodge De­mon 340 on hand with the op­tional flat­black hood treat­ment with non­func­tional hood­scoops and dog dish hub­caps.

n The Scat Pack drop­top Sub­lime Green 1970 Hemi Chal­lenger R/T is owned by David MacNeil of La­grange, Illi­nois. He re­ports that this car is the high­est op­tioned Hemi Chal­lenger in ex­is­tence. It is pow­ered by the op­tional 426 Hemi en­gine mated to a 727 TorqueFlite trans­mis­sion. Other op­tions in­clude the A36 per­for­mance axle pack­age Sure Grip 8.75 rear, Ral­lye dash, power win­dows, and lug­gage rack. This is one of four Hemi au­to­matic Chal­lenger con­vert­ibles ever made.

n Dodge fi­nally ven­tured into Trans-Am rac­ing with the cre­ation of the 1970 Chal­lenger T/A. Michael Hamil­ton from Daven­port, Iowa, brought his Plum Crazy 1970 Chal­lenger T/A to be part of the Dodge Scat Pack show­case. Though Dodge talked about ex­tend­ing the T/A into 1971, that plan was ditched when the au­tomaker es­sen­tially aban­doned Trans-Am rac­ing in­volve­ment af­ter 1970.

n Long­time F.A.S.T. drag racer Tony Dicicco had his bright and striped 1970 Dodge Su­per Bee on dis­play. A stout 440 moves the Su­per Bee down the road, and prob­a­bly down the strip, in style. Dicicco’s car served as a re­minder of the im­por­tance of the 1970 HiIm­pact col­ors of­fered on the Scat Pack cars.

n Dar­ing re­designs of Mopar mus­cle cars in­cluded the brash new look of the 1971 Charger. The ad­ver­tise­ments for the Dodge Scat Pack cam­paign fea­tured a 1971 Charger Su­per Bee declar­ing, “The run of the mills is any­thing but run of the mill,” and, “If you want more run for your money, join the pack.” Steve Price is all in on the 1971 styling, ev­i­denced by his fan­tas­tic 1971 Charger Su­per Bee Six Pack that he brought to the Scat Pack In­vi­ta­tional.

n The 1970 birth of the Ply­mouth Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem saw the in­cor­po­ra­tion of the wild car­toon images used in 1968 and 1969 to ex­ag­ger­ate and high­light the bold styling fea­tures of Ply­mouth’s mus­cle cars and high-per­for­mance ma­chin­ery. This par­tic­u­lar work of ad­ver­tis­ing ge­nius in­cor­po­rated many of Chrysler’s key fig­ures in com­pet­i­tive drag rac­ing, who were shap­ing the face of the Ply­mouth Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem.

n Franklin Finken­binder’s fa­ther bought him this 1970 Ply­mouth Superbird brand new be­fore he even had a learner’s per­mit. Yes, Franklin’s first car was a Superbird. His fa­ther’s think­ing was the po­lice would surely know who was driv­ing, and there­fore Franklin could not af­ford to drive reck­lessly.

n The Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem was “Com­ing Through.” If one 1971 ’Cuda is good, two must be bet­ter. A 340 ’Cuda and a Hemi ’Cuda are side-by-side in the ad that reads, “There are two kinds of Bar­racu­das in this world. Those that do … and those that re­ally do.” We’ll take those that re­ally do.

n Chuck Miller con­structed the Candy Pearl Or­ange 1971 RTS Road Run­ner work­ing off a cou­ple of ren­der­ings by for­mer Mat­tel Hot Wheels de­signer Harry Bradley. The front end of the 1971 RTS Road Run­ner was ex­tended more than 6 inches, com­plete with a built-in roll pan and steel mesh grille. The hood and trunk lid are fiber­glass; the rest of the car is steel. The cus­tom hood has a re­cessed area that makes for a ram air in­let. The rear has sim­i­lar restyling. The head­lights are strik­ing, and per­fect for the early 1970s vibe at the RTS Car­a­van car show.

n The RTS Car­a­van 1970 Road Run­ner was heav­ily mod­i­fied with cus­tom tail­lights, a bold cus­tom spoiler, and rad­i­cal rear flares. Big Goodyear tires and alu­minum slot­ted wheels cre­ated the street ma­chine look of the early 1970s.

n The 1970 RTS Duster was painted CandyRed but re­ceived a ma­jor re­vamp­ing for 1971, which in­cluded a lime-green paint job. Rear cus­tom va­lence in­cor­po­rated dual ex­haust out­lets and paint scheme to draw in the ob­server.

n Ricky Greer’s 1971 440+6 Road Run­ner came com­plete with the A34 Su­per Track Pak and the N96 Fresh Air Pack­age. Ricky gets props for buy­ing his Road Run­ner back af­ter be­ing sep­a­rated for 28 years.

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