Sometimes the best coolest cars are the ones that never existed at all! Whether it’s a concept car or a vehicle design that is way ahead of its time. Regardless, at this year’s inaugural Moparty, you can expect to see a car that has a similar story. Tim Wellborn, owner of Wellborn Musclecar Musuem is attending the inaugural year of MoParty along with his “Paint Chip Cuda”, a ’70 Cuda that only lived in the world of Mopar advertising until Wellborn devised a plan to build the real thing!
Automotive journalist Al Rogers penned and shot a Hot Rod story that outlines how the Cuda lifted off the OE Rapid Transit Brochure and into real life. Check it out here and make sure to mark your calendar for September 18-20, 2020 so you don’t miss seeing the Paint Chip Cuda in person!
Come see Mr. Norm at the inaugural MoParty this September 18-20, 2020 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY!
Norm Kraus, a.k.a. “Mr. Norm”, was co-owner of Grand Spaulding Dodge in Chicago from 1962 through 1977. His focus on high performance helped it become the biggest Dodge dealership in the world! In 1964 Norm formed the first Grand Spaulding Dodge racing team comprised of two cars, a Max Wedge & a Hemi Ram. Then in 1965 Norm teamed up with Gary Dyer & began match racing with an altered wheelbase supercharged Hemi Dodge Coronet that altered the course of drag racing forever by laying the groundwork for what became the Funny Car category. That same Hemi Dodge Coronet ran a 8.63 ET at Loins Dragway to become the fastest funny car in the country & made the front page of the Los Angeles Herald. These are just some of the great highlights of the automotive performance history of Mr .Norm !
Holley is pleased to announce leading performance tire manufacturer Nitto Tires as the Official Tire of Holley’s MoParty.
MoParty is many things, chief among them a driver’s event. It’s safe to say that scores of tires will be shredded by Mopar enthusiasts during each of our MoParty event segments. From autocross to 3S challenge, to numerous drag racing classes, there will be no shortage of rubber sacrificed.
One of the main attractions will be Saturday night’s scheduled Burnout Challenge. That said, Nitto has agreed to present the winner of Saturday night’s Burnout Challenge with a fresh set of tires!
About Nitto Tire:
Nitto (www.nittotire.com) develops performance tires for all uses, including racing, off-road and street. Using state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing facilities in both Japan and the United States, Nitto provides innovative and high-quality performance tires for the most demanding automotive enthusiasts. For more information about Nitto or its products, visit the company’s web site or contact the company directly. Nitto is a registered trademark of Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc.
News Flash: Original K&K Daytona Coming to Moparty! It’s official, the original 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona that dominated the 1970 NASCAR season is coming to Holley’s MoParty. It is quite possibly one of the most authentic race cars from the era. The car is part of the amazing collection at the Wellborn Museum and in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the championship they are bringing the car to MoParty! The car was piloted by Bobby Isaac that year and was powered by a Holley carb! It ran an amazing 201.1 MPH around Talledega to set a closed-course speed record and then went on to the Bonneville Salt Flats and set the record for a stock-bodied car with a flying start at 216.945 MPH!
Holley is pleased to announce their Gen III Hemi Swap systems for ’66-’72 B-Body Mopars, a comprehensive platform approach providing maximum component clearance, ideal drivetrain geometry, and room for our Hooker BlackHeart swap headers and three-inch exhaust system. Hooker BlackHeart engineers went through all the headaches to relieve any you might experience in the garage, creating a complete system with motor mounts, transmission cross member, headers, and an exhaust system. All work together for a clean fit and easy installation. Read on below to learn more about them, and check them out here.
Hooker Blackheart engine swap mounts allow easy installation of the Gen III Hemi engine in your 1966-72 Mopar B-Body. These engine-mounting brackets are part of an engineered solution that works together with the transmission crossmember and headers to optimize the engine placement & component clearances along with ideal drivetrain / U-joint operation angles. The engine placement eliminates modifications to the firewall and the engine mount brackets fit the K-member on cars that originally came from the factory with a V8. Clearance was provided for the use of Short Runner Valve intake solenoids (SRV), low mount alternator, and low mount A/C Compressors when used with a VVT (Variable Valve Timing) accessory drive.
Hooker Blackheart transmission crossmember is part of the most comprehensive line of GEN III Hemi Swap components available for the Mopar B-Body. The BHS532 Crossmember allows the installation of the popular A727 3-speed, NAG1 5-Speed, and 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmissions when used with the corresponding adapter plate (sold separately). No cutting or drilling is necessary; just bolt it in the OEM location using the supplied hardware. The modular design allows the use of several different transmission options without the need to buy or fabricate a different crossmember (simply change to a different adapter plate and the driveline and u-joint alignment have been preset to the corresponding transmission). BHS532 crossmembers are designed to use a popular and inexpensive GM style transmission mount for its compact design that allows for better ground clearance than the OEM crossmember (Hooker part number 71223029HKR or 71223030HKR – sold separately). Solid 3/16″ steel construction and black coated finish provide long-lasting performance and good looks.
Hooker BlackHeart headers are part of a comprehensive Gen III Hemi swap system that works in combination with engine mounts, transmission crossmember, and exhaust systems. BH2358 headers are packed with value-added features that will make your 1966 -1972 Mopar B-Body Hemi swap easier than ever. With BH2358 headers you can use popular transmissions with either left or right-hand starters (starter can be installed without removing the headers), and they clear the bulky factory power steering box with no modifications. Installing low mount A/C compressor will require the use of a VVT (variable valve timing) front-drive system (2009 & Up VVT accessory drive front cover). BHS2358 headers are designed for a simple installation that provides the most ground clearance possible and clears the popular torsion bar front suspension. The 304 stainless steel hand-welded construction looks great and will last a lifetime.
Finish off your HEMI Swap project with the finest exhaust system available for your 1966-1970 Mopar B-Body. Available in either 2.5” or 3” diameter, straight through 304 Stainless steel zero restriction mufflers and 304 stainless steel mandrel-bent exhaust tubing. Specifically designed for HEMI swap vehicles and a direct fit to BH2358 Long Tube Headers. The removable head pipes allow the first 24” of the exhaust pipe to be removed in seconds with slip couplers allowing the transmission to be removed without dropping the entire exhaust. High tuck design for best possible ground clearance for lowered cars and OEM style turn down tailpipes for a factory look.
These products join an already robust line of products designed to make your Gen III Hemi swap an easy affair. See them all here!
Holley is pleased to announce their D100/D150 Gen III Hemi Swap system, a comprehensive platform approach providing maximum component clearance, ideal drivetrain geometry, and room for our Hooker BlackHeart swap headers and 3.00” exhaust system. These systems are designed for Dodge D100 and D150 trucks from 1972-1993. Hooker BlackHeart engineers went through all the headaches to relieve any you might experience in the garage, creating a complete system with motor mounts, transmission cross member, headers, and an exhaust system. All work together for a clean fit and easy installation.
Check out the full release here and start planning your next Mopar project with components from the Holley family of brands!
Ricky has been a member of the Holley team for a very long time! If you’ve ever called us for help with a carburetor, intake manifold, or any other part, there is a good chance you’ve talked to him on our Technical Sales department before. His 68′ GTX has been with him for most of his life, and his creed is “Mopar or no car”.
Holley believes that having gearheads on their staff provides a better experience for their customers. If you’re interested in learning more about Ricky’s GTX, check out his My Garage profile on our website here!
Take a quick ride with us as we spend a few moments getting to know Holley Video Production Specialist Jeremy Stoermer and his Lemon Twist 1970 AAR Cuda Tribute Car. This car is a prime example of America’s love affair with the muscle car.