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Book Review: SIX PACK Mopar Street Muscle in the '60s
Review by David Dilbeck, Editor
From the novice musclecar enthusiast to the die-hard Mopar fan, Mr. Genat's book about the Mopar cars with 3 two-barrel carburetors has something that just about every car guy (or girl) will appreciate. I was truly surprised at the amount of information and generous use of exceptional photos when I received my copy from CarTech. This 144 page soft cover book is cram packed with more than 300 photos (200 are color). Several color and b&w period advertisements are also included in the book.
Road Runners, R/Ts, Superbirds, Super Bees, Chargers, 'Cudas, Challengers - just about everything is covered in this one. More than just another photo journal of the Mopar muscle car days, this book takes an in-depth look at the history of the Mopar Six-Pack (or 6-BBL for the Plymouths) induction system and the engines it was available on. Robert Genat even gives a rundown on Chrysler's competition -- Chevy and Ford power plants. Sidebars are also devoted to the histories of the Hemi engine and the performance history of Tri-Power setups in general.
For the drag racers, Chapter 4 includes a look at Steve Wann's 1970 Plymouth GTX NHRA C/SA. This is very timely as Steve recently won Stock Eliminator at the 2005 NHRA POWERade SummitRacing.com Nationals in Las Vegas.
Remember the Mopar Trans Am racers? They are covered here, too. The interview with Dodge Challenger Trans Am (1970) driver Sam Posey is a very informative look back at Dodge's Trans Am racing days.
The four chapters of the book are titled:
Appendixes are Options and Codes (16 pages), 340 SIX PACK Specifications, 440 SIX PACK Specifications and Block ID Codes.
Overall, this book is much more than I thought it would be by just reading the title. I certainly learned a lot about the Mopar 3-2 Bbl. engines, the cars they were available in, and some of the people involved with these cars and engines. Very informative and illustrated well, I thoroughly enjoyed reading SIX PACK Mopar Street Muscle in the '60s!
About the Author:
Robert Genat is the author of numerous books on the history of automotive performance -- American Drag Racing, The Birth of Hot Rodding, Chevrolet SS, and others. He lives in San Diego, CA.
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Marvin T. Smith and I are currently writing a book (Atlanta Drag Racing: The Golden Years) about Atlanta area drag racing that we hope to have completed in 2005. We intend to honor many of the local drag racers from the Atlanta area and also provide an overview of the history of organized drag racing in Atlanta. With full time jobs and families, Marv and I are pedaling as fast as we can! Keep checking GeorgiaDragRacing.com for news about our book.