VOLUME XII,  ISSUE 3 - SEPTEMBER,  2017

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2018 Challenger SRT Demon on its way to dealerships

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT began shipping to dealers on Nov. 10. Just 3,300 customers (3,000 in the United States, 300 in Canada) will receive a limited-production, 840-horsepower 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — the industry’s first and only purpose-built, street-legal production drag car.

The standard drag-race interior configuration has the rear seats removed, the first ever factory-production Challenger with rear-seat delete. The Rear-seat Delete Package includes seatback closeout panel, Demon seatback panel bezel, lower seat tray with cargo net, seat belt delete C-pillar covers and rear packaging shelf to cover the tether holes.

The exclusive Dodge Demon VBOXX Video HD@ system longs data and records runs in real time.    [11/24/17]

Johnson wins NHRA finals; Capps finishes runner-up in championship

Tommy Johnson (far lane) defeated teammate Jack Beckman in the semifinal round.

 

A drama-filled Sunday afternoon, Nov. 12, at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, CA, closed out the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series calendar. Mopar Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. gave the brand its 16th victory of the season in the category during the NHRA Finals.

Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps, who had led the points coming into the final event of the season, finished as runner-up in the year-end standings. At Pomona Capps (far lane) lost in the first round to Del Worsham’s Toyota Camry.

Austin Williams (near lane), who had already clinched the NHRA Lucas Oil Super Comp World Championship, raced to the win in Stock Eliminator in his ’72 Duster “Motown Missle”. Williams, Burleson, Texas, went 11.080 at 109.61 to end Chris Stephenson’s day who ran 10.620, 122.56 in his ’68 Firebird.

Troy Johnston took the Sportsman ET class win in ’72 Duster.

It was an emotional weekend for Mopar Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson, who ended his 22-year career at Pomona, after announcing his retirement earlier this season. The 2012 champion and 27–time race winner was defeated by longtime friend and competitor Erica Enders in the first round. Johnson finished his final season eighth in points.  [11/24/17]

Mopar introduces ‘Hellcrate’ engine

The Mopar brand is unleashing a new Mopar 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine Kit -- nicknamed the "Hellcrate" -- that injects 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque under the hood. The Mopar "Hellcrate" HEMI Engine Kit, the first-ever supercharged, 707-horsepower factory-backed crate engine kit, made its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show.

 

The new Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine kit provides relatively simple “plug and play” with the 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine assembly — also available from Mopar. The Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit marries modern 707 horsepower with authentic, factory-backed quality.  [11/24/17]

The kit includes a powertrain control module (PCM), power distribution center, engine wiring harness, chassis harness, accelerator pedal, ground jumper, oxygen sensors, charge air temperature sensors and fuel pump control module for the 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine.

 

The PCM is unlocked and set to the factory 707- horsepower calibration. The Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit is optimized for use with manual transmissions, such as the Tremec Magnum transmission kit.  [11/24/17]

Goodguys will drag race at two events next year

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has released their schedule of events for 2018. Two of their events will include drag racing.

 

The Goodguys PPG Nationals will run July 6-8 at National Trail Raceway in Ohio and the Pacific Northwest Nationals will be at Pacific Raceways in Washington on July 27-29.

 

For their car show entries, the Goodguys have changed the date of eligibility to take part to 1987 and earlier vehicles, with the exception of the West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, CA, on Aug. 17-19. See all the show dates.

 

In addition, the AutoCross racing program has been completely restructured. Instead of separating competitors into five classes, Goodguys will now run all competitors in one class in a Shootout event culminating in a 16-car elimination field.  [11/24/17]

Chrysler pacific Hybrid named best ‘green car’ to buy

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the 2018 Best Car to Buy, according to Green Car Reports.

 

Editors chose the most significant new green car made available to shoppers during the 2018 model year, taking into account new technologies, their practicality and their impact on the environment.

"The Chrysler Pacifica wins because it's a one-of-a-kind vehicle: the sole seven-seat minivan with a plug-in hybrid powertrain sold in the U.S. this year,” said John Voelcker, senior editor at Green Car Reports. “Not only does it offer all the virtues of the well-received Chrysler Pacifica, it offers substantial real-world electric range — 30 miles or more in most cases — and much better fuel economy when operating as a hybrid.”

 

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid also received category honors from The Car Connection, a sister site of Green Car Reports. The Pacifica was named the 2018 Best Minivan to Buy, while the Pacifica Hybrid is the 2018 Best Hybrid Vehicle to Buy. The Car Connection uses a unique 10-point "TCC Rating" system that rolls up scores given to each vehicle across categories including safety, comfort and utility, fuel economy, performance and styling.

 

The Chrysler Pacifica is the most awarded minivan of 2016 and 2017.    [11/24/17]

Motorsports Hall of Fame changes date of induction ceremony

The 30th annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone will be held on Tuesday, March 13, at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida.

 

The ceremony will be preceded on March 12 by the annual “Heroes of Horsepower” Reception and Dinner at the MSHFA Museum, located in the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours facility. Both MSHFA events were previously held in July.

 

“March is magical in Florida. During a 10-day period, in addition to Bike Week – which includes the DAYTONA Supercross, DAYTONA TT and the historic DAYTONA 200 races at the speedway – you have Indy Cars in St. Petersburg, the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, the 12 Hours of Sebring plus the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance,” said MSHFA President Ron Watson. “With our hall of fame structured to honor all forms of American motorsports, we feel like these new dates are a perfect fit. We hope to have individuals involved in all of those events attend our 30th annual induction activities.”

 

Tickets for all of the 30th annual MSHFA induction activities can be purchased by calling 386.681.6843 or through the MSHFA website at www.mshf.com.

Hagan scores NHRA Las Vegas win; Beckman sets track record

On Sunday, Oct. 30, Mopar Funny Car driver Matt Hagan finally broke through in the Nevada desert as he won at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the very first time. Hagan put his HEMI-powered, Mopar Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) in the winner's circle at the 17th annual NHRA Nationals to take his fourth victory of the season and 15th for Mopar-powered Funny Cars in 2017.

 

Hagan, whose team has struggled in the Countdown to the Championship, opened his day by pushing past Gary Densham in round one on a clean pass as Densham smoked his tires near the 300-foot mark. The round win was the 300th of Hagan’s career. He next bested Del Worsham, who also struck the tires to put Hagan into the semifinal round against his DSR Mopar teammate Jack Beckman. Hagan advanced to the final by turning in his third consecutive clean pass as Beckman instantly went up in smoke.

 

Hagan’s victory was the 26th of his career.

Beckman also had a very successful weekend in Las Vegas, first re-setting both ends of the track record with a 3.854-second pass at 335.57 mph during qualifying to capture the No. 1 spot in his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T. He first bested fellow Dodge driver Jim Campbell in round one on a very solid pass as Campbell struck the tires. He next took down teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. on another clean pass as Johnson went up in smoke. His day was then ended by Hagan.

Beckman also had a very successful weekend in Las Vegas, first re-setting both ends of the track record with a 3.854-second pass at 335.57 mph during qualifying to capture the No. 1 spot in his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T. He first bested fellow Dodge driver Jim Campbell in round one on a very solid pass as Campbell struck the tires. He next took down teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. on another clean pass as Johnson went up in smoke. His day was then ended by Hagan.    [11/24/17]

Make that Hellcat scream

Quick Time Performance has introduced the Screamer Twintronic Exhaust System for 2015 and newer Challenger SRT 6.2L and 6.4L. This system gives the user total control over the power and sound. You can go from a clean deep-sounding exhaust system to a wide-open straight pipe with the flip of a switch. Dual 4.5 polished T304 stainless exhaust pipe, 3-inch T304 stainless steel pipes. Includes exhaust system, valve, wiring, toggle switch and all hardware.

 

Hear how it sounds at ...   [11/24/17]

Jacobsmeyer gets Goodguys AA/FC win at Bowling Green

Greg “Jake” Jacobsmeyer was the winner of the Goodguys Nostalgia Nationals at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY, on Oct. 14. Jacobmeyer’s Allstar Dodge Challenger AA Funny Car ran 5.910 at 242.98 mph to take the win over the 6.481/220.40 for Kevin Lennon’s “Shake and Bake” Arrow. This marked the third event win of the season for the St. Louis team.  [11/24/17]

CAN announces new board of directors

Custom Automotive Network (CAN), formerly Performance Warehouse Association,, has announced election results for its Board of Directors.

 

Scott Wahlstrom, Marketing Manager at Motor State Distributing, has been elected Chairman-Elect for 2018-2019 term with continuing duties as Chairman and Past-Chairman through 2023. He is currently serving as a Director on the CAN Board of Directors.

 

Joining the CAN Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 term are Bob Barra of Premier Performance Products Distribution, Brett Corning of Midstates Inc., and Royal Coburn of Trucktech Distributing.

 

"All four of our elected Board Members have a deep passion for this industry. I'm confident they will work hard to fulfill CAN's vision and commitment to growing members’ businesses and promoting networking opportunities,” stated Tracie Nunez, President.

 

The association’s mission is to assist the custom automotive industry to expand, maintain and promote the distribution of custom automotive products. The trade association consists of about 500 member companies.  [11/24/17]

Shine those wheels with Mothers PowerCone 360 Precision Polisher

Mothers has redesigned one of their polishing tools to deliver fast and easy polishing of previously unreachable wheel surface. The innovative, tapered design and patented foam fingers allow for smoother transitions to help create a deeper shine. Its conical shape lets you get into the nooks and crannies without busting your knuckles.  [11/24/17]

NHRA promotes Cromwell to president; Clifford to CEO

The National Hot Rod Association today announced that Glen Cromwell, who rose through NHRA’s ranks from Division Director to become Senior Vice President, Media and Marketing, is promoted to President, effective January 1, 2018.

 

Cromwell succeeds Peter Clifford as President. Clifford will assume the newly created post of Chief Executive Officer, following over 20 years with the organization, including serving as its president since 2015. Cromwell, who joined NHRA in 1997, will head up NHRA’s leadership team and will report to Clifford and the board.

 

“Glen Cromwell takes the helm of NHRA at an exciting time, with all of our metrics on the upswing,” said Dallas Gardner, Chairman of the NHRA Board of Directors. “With the forward momentum created by Peter Clifford’s leadership, including leading NHRA’s transition to producing its own television programs in-house and creating an entirely new broadcast and media organization, Glen will be able to build the sport even further. Glen began his career with NHRA as a division director, and was hands-on in running NHRA’s grassroots racing series in the southwestern United States and Hawaii. He soon moved into a broader marketing role and has played a major part in NHRA’s growth over the years, leading countless initiatives to bring the sport to more people and to support racers, teams, sponsors, and always our fans, both on-site and at home.”  [11/24/17]

Hunkins named new editor-in-chief of Hot Rod magazine

TEN: A Discovery Communications Company announced that Johnny Hunkins has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the HOT ROD brand. Hunkins takes the reins of the 69-year-old iconic brand after serving most recently as Editor of MOPAR MUSCLE.

 

Hunkins brings with him 26 years of industry experience in technical writing, feature photography, brand management, social media, and video from a wide range of automotive media brands including MOPAR MUSCLE, MUSCLE MUSTANGS & FAST FORDS, POPULAR HOT RODDING, and GM HIGH-TECH PERFORMANCE. Hunkins will report to HOT ROD General Manager, Jonathan Mill, and HOT ROD Network Director, Douglas Glad.

 

The Discovery Channel recently bought TEN (The Enthusiast Network), which was previously Source Interlink Media, which was previously Primedia, which was previously Petersen Publishing Co.  [11/24/17]

Musi gets PDRA win in Dart

Lizzy Musi in Frank Brandao’s “King Kong 6” ’15 Dodge Dart (near lane) ran a 3.686-second pass at 206.13 mph alongside Tommy Franklin’s Musi-powered “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro running 3.657 at 204.91.

 

Lizzy Musi raced to victory Sunday, Oct. 22, for the second consecutive race at the Professional Drag Racers Association (www.PDRA660.com) World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park, winning in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC.

 

The 2018 PDRA Tour will begin at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, NC, with the PDRA East Coast Spring Nationals, April 5-7.   [11/24/17]

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mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!