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Drag racer, Mopar historian Stewart Pomeroy

by David Zatz on

Stewart Pomeroy, Jr., who documented Chrysler Corporation’s racing efforts for some years, died last Wednesday after a long illness, according to a missive from Mopar Missile reporter Gene Yetter today.

Gene Yetter, who interviews Mr. Pomeroy for Allpar some years ago,  said that he was a successful drag racer in his own right, and is mentioned in an autobiography written by African-American Mopar racer Eugene Coard (Hole Shot: The Story of The Last Mutt Brother).

A Tampa, Florida resident, Mr. Pomeroy was just 70 when he passed; his wife, Marlene, and parents had already died. A “life tributes” page was set up by funeral home Boza & Groel, and a wake was held on Saturday.  He was accompanied in his last days by some of the racers he had photographed and followed.

Mr. Yetter’s interview with Mr. Pomeroy centers around the Mopar Missile, a Pro Stock Plymouth Duster that debuted in 1972.  It won 11 of 14 major NHRA events in 1973.  This car succeeded the Motown Missiles, a Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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