VOLUME XIII, ISSUE - JAN - FEB, 2018
MoparMax covers all automotive things Mopar. A new issue of MoparMax.com is published on or around the 15th of each month and is updated throughout the month.
CEO, Jeff Burk
Editor & Publisher, Richard Kratz
Managing Editor, COO Kay Burk
Contributing Editor, Chuck Green, Chris Holley, Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong, Mark A. Posner
Contributing Writers, Jim Baker, Steve Magnante, Geoff Stunkard, Matt Strong, Mark A. Posner
Senior Photographer - Ron Lewis
Contributing Photographers - Tim Marshall, Dennis Mothershed
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Mopar Max racing team to appear at ...
Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong will be at the 13th annual SoCal LC Spring Festival ...
Meet Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong ...
Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong of Mopar Max’s drag racing team will appear along ...
Stunt woman begins drag racing ...
Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong will start her drag racing career at Auto Club ...
Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong will start her drag racing career at Auto Club Fontana Dragway at the wheel of the Liquid Glow Racing 2007 Dodge Magnum.
Saturday, Feb. 24, is the opening of the Southern California Drag Racing Association season.
Caputo-Armstrong earned her Super Gas license four months ago and has never driven in competition. However, she is no novice, having raced six years in the Pro Woman motocross class. She makes her living as a stunt woman/stunt drive for the movies and television.
“The car is ready,” said crew chief, Richard Kratz (who is also Editor-Publisher of MoparMax.com). “The Magnuson supercharged Arrington Performance 426 [Gen III] HEMI is fresh and consistent. We have data on the car and our new crew has great team spirit and is working together really well. Jen has impressed the whole team with her incredible focus and meticulous approach to driving. From here, it’s a matter of her gaining seat time and the team keeping the car consistent and predictable.” [02/22/18]
This weekend is the date for the Race and Performance Expo held outside of Chicago at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.
The show has racing retailers, engine and car builders, trailer sales, sanctioning bodies, a high-performance parts swap meet and more. Seminars also will be held on Saturday. To see the entire lineup go to www.raceperformanceexpo.com. [02/22/18]
New for 2018, Durango R/T and SRT models will feature factory-custom stripes and available performance exhaust systems. The Durango SRT will also offer an available carbon fiber interior and performance lowering spring kit, giving the menacing SUV an even lower stance and improved handling. Dodge will showcase the new features at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 7-19.
“Our Dodge//SRT performance enthusiasts are always looking for ways to make their vehicle their own,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The available stripes and carbon fiber throughout the interior really give Durango a custom look from the factory, and they are perfectly complemented by Mopar’s available exhaust systems and performance springs, which make Durango even more fun to drive.”
New features available in the coming months include: New dual-center exterior stripe design covers the front and rear fascias, hood, portions of the roof and the tailgate; Mopar’s new performance exhaust systems are bolt on, high-performance units factory-tuned for improved flow, sound and overall performance; Mopar’s performance lowering spring kit enhances the Durango SRT’s already outstanding high-speed cornering stability and consistency; and The new SRT Interior Appearance Group, which features a premium-wrapped instrument panel, Dinamica soft-touch headliner and accent paint on speaker trim rings, adds an authentic carbon-fiber instrument panel and door bezels. [02/22/18]
Ram unveiled the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star edition — the all-new version of the original “Texas Truck” — Feb. 14 at the Dallas Auto Show, the heart of America’s truck country.
The Ram 1500 Lone Star, the brand’s top-selling truck in Texas, offers buyers a no-compromise balance of strength, capability, technology and comfort.
“The hard-working appeal of the Ram Lone Star has made it a favorite among Texas truck buyers,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand. “Trucks are an important part of Texas life, and Ram trucks are proven to last. Ram’s long-lasting reliability has helped the Ram 1500 cement the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup.”
Standard 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star equipment includes bright front and rear bumpers, chrome door handle centers, a bright grille surround with billet inserts, 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, 60/40 split rear bench seat and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.
In addition, monochromatic “Sport” and “Black” appearance packages are offered, creating a broad mix of interior and exterior themes for the new 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star model.
Available only in Texas, 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star models are distinguished by unique “Lone Star” tailgate and interior badges. [02/22/18]
As the years pass, the minimum date for vintage cars needs to change also. Beginning this year the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association have announced they will open their gates to show cars from 1987 and earlier.
We applaud this move and think all nostalgia sanctioning bodies should follow. After all, one of these days our Managing Editor’s 1996 Dodge Caravan will be vintage. (Hey, it’s a classic!) [02/22/18]
This new TorqStorm supercharger can produce a boost from 1,800 to 6,500 rpm, thanks to the design of the compressor wheel. The kit comes with a billet aluminum gear box housing and cover. Within the casing, straight-cut too steel gears are lubricated by an independent oiling system, and a three-quarter-inch thick mounting bracket secures the gear box and compressor assembly to the engine. TorqStorm’s newly designed blow-through carburetor hat is also included as well as an automatic belt tensioner, an 8in diameter crankshaft pulley, a 52mm vacuum-controlled blow-off valve, and related plumbing and mounting hardware. Conveniently, the V-band clamp on the compressor cover allows the supercharger outlet port to be rotated for easy routing of boosted air to the hat or intercooler. Visually compact and well-proportioned, the system works with the regular intake manifold and exhaust or header upgrades. [02/22/18]
Jim VanZee has been racing the Mopar brand in no-box classes for six decades at Eddyville.
Driskell Racing Engines have signed an agreement with Eddyville Raceway Park, Oskaloosa, Iowa, to sponsor the Big Bucks Bracket Bash, August 3-5.
Bracket racers in Top and Modified E.T. classes will run for the biggest bracket race purse ever presented at Eddyville Raceway Park. Starting on Friday, August 3 will be a 32-car shootout featuring $2,000 to the winner. On Saturday and Sunday, the winner in Top will collect $5,000 and in Modified $2,000 each day. Payout begins with third-round winners and the purse is guaranteed.
Junior Dragsters will have a 16-car shootout on Friday evening along with individual races on Saturday and Sunday. Other classes being contested over the weekend include Street ET, Super Street, Trophy Car and TCR. A pit vehicle race is also planned for Saturday evening! [02/22/18]
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