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Author Topic: #88 Daytona article - accurate or way off?  (Read 1203 times)
Arnie Cunningham
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« on: July 09, 2010, 09:35:04 PM »

Hey All,

I don't know a lot about the race vehicles.  This article showed up recently.

http://www.streetlegaltv.com/forum/muscle-cars-you-should-know-69-a-5764.html

Kevin Shaw may be the person I spoke with years ago at Mopar Muscle.  Is the information contained in the article accurate?

Thanks,
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2010, 09:43:27 PM »

That car has alway been a topic of discussion .It was believed to been a recovered stolen 68 hemi charger

 Twocents Did this magazine stolen stripped .Former 68 Charger street car story become the known #88 car as we know now? Or its another unsolved mopar mystery or who had retrieved the stolen shell


Not bad for a car that had been left a derelict on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Chrysler had sent a Dodge Charger Hemi out to California for testing by a major auto enthusiast magazine. It was stolen one night and was lost for quite a while. Finally, L.A. police found the stripped out derelict body on the mean streets of Watts. There wasn't much left except the body, which had been left sitting on cement blocks. The police hauled it into their impound lot. Notifications were made, of course. At first, nothing was going to happen. However it was the time of the Riverside race. One of the guys involved had taken a car out to Riverside to sell. His trailer was empty for the return trip, so he was asked to pick up the hulk from the L.A.P.D. lot.  He did so. That car became the #88 engineering mule and the 200 mile an hour record holder.

However it was the time of the Riverside race. One of the guys involved had taken a car out to Riverside to sell. His trailer was empty for the return trip, so he was asked to pick up the hulk from the L.A.P.D. lot.  He did so. That car became the #88 engineering mule and the 200 mile an hour record holder


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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2010, 01:19:14 AM »

was lead to believe it was a stolen  4 speed C500 scratchchin popcrn
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2010, 01:42:30 PM »

Funny that there is not even one picture of the actual #88 car in that article lol.  As for the nose being fiberglass, um, no...I have inspected the real one and you can trust me on that.
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2010, 09:27:29 PM »

There are a fair number of gaffes in the article.    Too bad they don't make the distinction between the museum Daytona (fake #88) and the real car.
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2010, 07:13:20 PM »

was lead to believe it was a stolen  4 speed C500 scratchchin popcrn

  Thats what i thought also
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