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.
Dodge and SRT are rejoining the Trans Am Series, with Miller Racing fielding two new Dodge Challengers at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 15 and 16. Driving will be four-time series champion Tommy Kendall, making his first Trans Am start since 2004 in the TA2 series class. The cars appear to be driven by 5.7 liter Hemi engines. [...]
Though the Ram 1500 just had major upgrades, another refresh is due in 2017, to deal with the new F-150s and a possible Chevrolet Silverado update. So far not much is known about these trucks, except that they will likely include the Pentastar engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have undergone weight reduction therapy [...]
With the supercharged 6.2 Hemi delivering 707 horsepower to the Dodge Charger and Challenger, the Viper boys are reportedly looking for ways to get back on top. While the Viper may be superior on a tight racing course, the straight-line performance of Charger and Challenger, in five-seaters with all the amenities, large trunks, and automatic or manual transmissions, is a challenge for Team [...]
Artist suzq044 has provided an alternative view of what the 2017 Ram may look like. This refresh will counter new F-150s. The trucks will almost certainly include the V6 engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have more high-strength steel and aluminum to cut weight. The 2017 Ram is also likely to have aerodynamic improvements to increase highway [...]
It has been years since Allpar first reported on the future launch of a new Jeep Wagoneer, and the dropping of the Dodge Caravan. With Wagoneer on the books, Chrysler planners may have had mixed feelings about the sudden success of the Dodge Durango. They wanted to drop the Durango for a more-profitable Wagoneer (essentially a Durango with the Grand Cherokee suspension design [...]