Pat Garlits, the wife of drag racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, died of Alzheimer’s disease on February 2. Through over sixty years of marriage, Pat travelled with her famed husband, one of the greatest drag racers in history (who is still active). She died at home accompanied by her two daughters, holding Mr. Garlits’ hand, according to a letter he wrote, with her favorite big band music in the background.
In other racing news, Joel’s Team Spankin Time Dodge Challenger was stolen at around 7 pm last Sunday night from San Bernardino, California, in a 38 foot long black/red enclosed trailer by a white Ford F350 truck. A tall bald man with a long beard was spotted orchestrating the methodical heist. There is a $10,000 cash reward to anyone who finds this car and brings it back to us. Call (909) 388-2536 or reply to Allpar with tips.
Long before the Challenger Hellcat was officially launched, Allpar noted that the engine — which we estimated at “620-680 horsepower” (depending on when the stories were written) — was being tested in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Then we wrote that it had probably been ruled out, for various reasons. Today, one source wrote that the trademarked Trackhawk name, which we had thought [...]
Dodge is showing four concept cars at SEMA: a Dart, Charger, Challenger, and Viper ACR. You can now see them all at Allpar, courtesy of Patrick Rall — now with the story behind them. Coming soon: Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, and Fiat concepts. See all the Dodge concepts
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]