View Full Version : Most Influential Person in Mopar Automotive History

01-27-2013, 11:42 PM
revised..have fun with this, who and why?

01-28-2013, 09:26 AM
For me, it was the blue/red 43 Charger that always caught my eye. Back when a "stock car" actually looked like what you could buy on Monday..

Racer Brown
01-28-2013, 12:14 PM
Sox and Martin, These guys were a "Class" act, great looking cars that ran super!!

01-28-2013, 01:50 PM
I voted for Tom Hoover because he was the grandfather of performance for Chrysler. In my opinion performance was/and is Chrysler's greatest atribute. Virgil Exner would be second in my book - boy his designs in the 50's were waaaaaaaay superior to the others. Lee Iacocca would be third, very smart guy , he saved Chrysler. One of the few "smart people" Chrysler hired over the years.

01-28-2013, 09:09 PM
Its King Richard for me.Watching that 74 Charger in the mid 70's was awesome.That(and some family influence)is what led me to my first car a 72 Charger SE.

01-28-2013, 09:25 PM
Tom Hoover for me.

Ledsled 75
01-29-2013, 03:16 PM
For me when I was growing up it was Booker racing, He raced mopar hemis and nothing else. He started drag racing in the early 80's, my Dad also grew up with him. He took me down the strip in a 70 hemi challenger, Hooked at ten year's of age. Still a mopar NUT!! Also Richard Petty was always a favorite of mine, never got to see him race though I'm a little young.

01-29-2013, 04:33 PM
Tom Hoover

01-29-2013, 05:49 PM
I had a really tough time with this poll, since they all mean so much. But I was the Virgil Exner picker since my Dad taught me about him way back when he saw my interest in his design in cars. That is why I bought my `61 Imperial Southhampton Crown 2dr. bucket style headlights, hanging lantern style taillights, oval steering wheel, on and on. Virgil and his team along with Chrysler, you know its going to be good. Like riding on a cloud.

Thanks for the poll

02-01-2013, 09:13 PM
No Dukes of Hazzard? Haha. Sadly, I'm not even joking. The Dukes made me fascinated by Mopars all throughout my youth before I knew why they were such awesome cars.

02-06-2013, 09:59 AM
For me, it was the blue/red 43 Charger that always caught my eye. Back when a "stock car" actually looked like what you could buy on Monday..

Good choice. and all no. 43 Mopars
Thanks to The King they started installing the safety nets in window. This man is tough as nail.

02-06-2013, 03:04 PM
I would say Piper but hes not on the list ... so i guess my vote doesnt count!

02-06-2013, 09:03 PM
You may not believe this but,for me, it wasn't any one on that list.
It was the rich kids in my High School that made me reallize the power and superiority of Mopars during the Muscle Car era.
They owned every thing from factory models to sleepers. Factory wheels to Cragars. Green, blue, white and gold ones.
I was allways jealous of them because I couldn't aford any thing that came close to being a mopar muscle car, or any other muscle car.
Today, out of all those guys that I still see and associate with, I'm the only one who has mopar muscle cars.
One said to me a while back, that I should move on, that my RR and R/T wern't family cars.
I said, I know that, but a lot of families were started in cars like them. lol
Besides, I am moving on. I'm living the dream that they gave up on.

02-06-2013, 11:21 PM
Well put 70rtvert!

02-09-2013, 02:22 AM
Don Prudhomme all the way! The Snake with his 70 Hemi Cuda nitro funny car is not on the list but his rival with Tom McEwen the Mongoose and his 70 Plymouth Duster and Hot Wheels toys sure did it for me as a kid growing up on the west coast. I got the Snake and Mongoose Drag race set with the funny cars and Wild Wheelie set with the dragsters and both had chute traps. I was sooo happy I was sh#$ing rainbows for a week!