01-10-2017, 06:11 PM
My dad worked at the local Dodge dealer from the early '70s until his death in 2013. First mechanic, then Service Manager (back when a SM had to actually know how to fix cars), then salesman. He was a YUGE Richard Petty fan. And so I was too.
Bought a '74 Charger when I got my first full time job. Still in high school, second shift at a gas station. $2195.00 with 48,000 miles on her.
I remember when they mandated "restrictor plates" on the engine intakes. Supposedly for safety. Otherwise someone might go "too fast". WTF, isn't that the whole point of racing? Sounds like gov mandated "equality".
Also around that time, all the cars started to look the same. No individual "character". A hemi Charger vs whatever Ford and Chevy ran at the time (can't remember) was nirvana back then.