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Old 10-22-2009, 06:49 PM
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Guess the car?

Looks like a 50-ish Dodge interior - so I'm guessing its a replica of the original RamChargers car. A group of Chrysler engineers built the original RamChargers car

However, as I am scheduled for surgery tomorrow (very early in the morning), I won't be able to check back in to see if I was right, so (in the unlikely event that I am right), I'll leave the posing of the next question up to the person who posted this one - a second turn.

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Looks like a 50-ish Dodge interior - so I'm guessing its a replica of the original RamChargers car. A group of Chrysler engineers built the original RamChargers car

However, as I am scheduled for surgery tomorrow (very early in the morning), I won't be able to check back in to see if I was right, so (in the unlikely event that I am right), I'll leave the posing of the next question up to the person who posted this one - a second turn.
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Any chance that is the High & Mighty car?
DING-DING-DING-DING, we have a winner!! 1,2,3,5 is the clone. 4 is the original. Both cars built by the Ramchargers. That car really got my blood pumping when it hit the dragstrips. I was 17 in '59, workin' at the dragstrip on Sundays. At the time, this car was like comparing a flying saucer to a Piper Cub.
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The Honorable Mr. Shope was indeed one of the original Ramchargers.
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The Honorable Mr. Shope was indeed one of the original Ramchargers.
Cool stuff, Tech. Now, just doing a visual of the car from the pics, how many of the modifications would NOT pass tech in todays inspections?

We need to have you write us a book of your experiences as an inspector, I'd bet you have a lot of fun stories to spin.

I was in Phoenix a few years back, was on Matt Craftons pit crew for the Copper Classic. Just watching the activity around us blew my mind, I would bet most spectators never see the pit side as it can be very hectic, tempers flaring, last minute changes, I would think there is some of that in drag racing also. Welcome to trivia land, we needed some fresh blood like yours here.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:59 AM
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Cool stuff, Tech. Now, just doing a visual of the car from the pics, how many of the modifications would NOT pass tech in todays inspections?
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Hey Dan. Well, the main thing that pops out at me and would put the car back on the trailer is the crankshaft centerline to ground measurement. Max 24 inches.

We didn't have good tires in those days like we have today. Slicks were hard rubber recaps on old truck tire carcasses, so gettin' 'em to hook took some drastic measures, such as mounting the heaviest part of the car (the motor) as far up as possible to achieve weight transfer on launch and try to put some weight on the tires. Like anything else that can be screwed up by humans, the fuel altered builders had the motor jacked up so far that there was a danger of the car tipping over laterally. The altereds were extremely light, so it wouldn't have taken much for an 800+ lb. hemi jacked up in the chassis to tip it.

The first dedicated racing slicks with a softer compound that I remember were produced by M&H. They weren't wrinkle-walls that will wind up like a rubber band to vault the car forward like we have today, but they were better than the hard rubber recaps that were the only thing available up to that time.

As far as I can remember, the High & Mighty was the first car to have the rear axle moved forward in the chassis in an effort to put more weight on the rear. This practice continued on with other cars and lead to some of the cars looking "funny" with the front of the rear wheelwell at the rear edge of the door. You know where that term lead to. It was also the first car I remember where the body was jacked up high off the racing surface, also for weight transfer. First car with a tunnel ram, first car with scientifically-designed header pipes....and on and on. Still today, this car knocks me out.

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Old 10-28-2009, 06:44 PM
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I'm BACK!!!

Accoring to the stuff that was happening during my stay in hospital, it seems that Blue54 should be asking another question - any trace of Blue54?

"blue54 where are you?" (to the tune of the theme from that ancient TV show "Car 54, Where Are You?")
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Glad your back. I hope nothing too serious. As to the trivia it's OK that they ran with it. I will get in with a question again soon. As to where am I? Who knows, but I don't think they send trollys there.
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C'mon Blue

OK Blue - its your turn to pose the next question -That's how this thing works - if you "win one" you get to pose the next challenge - so hit us with a good shot!
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Trying to gather info for a couple of good questions, but how about recent news. Yesterday Larry Morgan won the Pro Stock title at the Las Vegas race. Now for the question. How many races has it been since his last win? Should be fairly easy one.
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:45 PM
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Larry Morgan's last win

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... Yesterday Larry Morgan won the Pro Stock title at the Las Vegas race. Now for the question. How many races has it been since his last win? Should be fairly easy one.
Is this a trick question? If he won the race yesterday, and there have not been any races since, then it has been ZERO races since his last win.

Maybe that's not what you meant...
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I did a little search and I think the most realistic answer would be what was the first American car to have discs on a mass produced car, and that would probably be the 63 Stude Avanti.

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Old 11-02-2009, 09:03 PM
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Is this a trick question? If he won the race yesterday, and there have not been any races since, then it has been ZERO races since his last win.

Maybe that's not what you meant...

Sorry guys. No trick just bad wording. How about, When was his last win and how many races were held between then and now?
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Looks like his last win (until last weekend) was in 2002 at Sonoma
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