EP023 Geoff Stunkard- Author, Photographer, MOPAR MADMAN

In episode 23 of Road Muscle Radio, you’ll hear about what they’re charging for 2021 Dodge Chargers…holy mash-up, Batman, what IS his car now?…and what’s the Vega-est idea you have for a car with six miles on it? Then in the 2nd Segment, Geoff Stunkard, author of “HEMI – A History of Chrysler’s Iconic V-8 in Competition” joins Mark “Catfish” Groves and Brett Hatfield to talk Mo books, Mo Magazines, and Mo MOPAR.





2021 Dodge Charger prices are announced.

-2021 Dodge Charger Lineup Starts at U.S. MSRP of $29,995. Lots of bells and whistles, but no V8 at this price. It’s 3.6 liter V6, putting out 292 horsepower thorugh an 8-speed automatic. You’ll still get zero to 60 in 6.6 seconds, so that’s not too shabby for the family sedan.

-New 797-horsepower Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Starts at U.S. MSRP of $78,595 (excluding destination), Delivering Ultimate in High-performance, Comfort and Road-ready Confidence as World’s Only Four-dour Muscle Car

2021 Dodge Charger lineup starts at $29,995.  All-weather capability on V-6 models, overall interior roominess, performance options and packages and unique heritage design cues that Dodge//SRT customers count on in the world’s only four-door muscle car.

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack starts at $41,095, offering the most horsepower per dollar of any sedan in the industry, in a naturally aspirated 485-horsepower 392 cubic-inch HEMI® V-8 engine

With 10 more standard horsepower than last year, the 717-horsepower Charger SRT Hellcat, powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine, starts at $69,995

The new 797-horsepower 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye does a quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds, has a top speed of 203 miles per hour, and hits your bank account at $78,595.

By the way- that 29,995 price?  A 1966 base Charger, was originally listed at $3,506.  In adjusted 2020 dollars, that’s $28,037. You got a 325 horse 318, manual 3-speed, 230 horsepower,  and no a/c.  Today’s ride, at two thousand more, has crazy bells and whistles by comparison.

Although, won’t kid ya- 4 bucket seats is hella-cool.

Dealer orders for the 2021 Dodge Charger open this month with initial deliveries to Dodge/SRT dealerships are scheduled to begin in early 2021

Or, just talk to our friend Jeff Briggs up at Victory Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, north of KC.  Tell’em Road Muscle Radio sent you.



The upcoming Batman film will feature a 1970s muscle car-inspired Batmobile.

The first official trailer for The Batman (2021) gives us the best glimpse yet at the caped crusader’s new set of wheels.

The film will star Robert Pattinson as Batman, and his Batmobile appears to be heavily inspired by classic American muscle cars of the 1970s.

According to the article, online reports have suggested the vehicle is a modified Plymouth Barracuda, and the article says that’s wrong. Instead, the new Batmobile appears to be a caricatured amalgamation of classics such as the Dodge ChallengerChevrolet Camaro, and Ford Mustang.

The newest iteration of the car appears to be powered by a front-mounted internal combustion engine, with a jet booster in the rear.  Maybe that’s from a Pinto?

Earlier this year the film’s concept artist Jeff Frost posted photos of a Batmobile prototype model to Twitter, however it is unclear if this represents the final onscreen version of the car.

For purists, the Batmobile first appeared in Detective Comics #27, 1939. At the time it was depicted as an ordinary red car.

The first live action Batman film, released in 1943, featured a stock black 1939 Cadillac Series 75 convertible as the batride.

A 1949 adaptation saw Batman and Robin driving around in a standard Mercury Eight.

The1960s Batman television show was the first to incorporate the Batmobile as a specialised and unique crime-fighting tool. The on-screen car was a customised variant of the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept. It sold in 2013 for $4.2 million.

Then Tim Burton got involved, and it went to the batcave in a handbasket. His 1989 version at least had the first entirely original Batmobile – although the article says underneath all the fiberglass were a lot of Chevrolet Impala parts. The basic design was later modified for the 1995 Batman Forever film.

In Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012) the Batmobile was reimagined as the “Tumbler,” powered by a 5.7-litre GM V8. Filmmakers claimed it had a maximum top speed of 160 mph and could accelerate from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds.

Filming for the new Batman film was reportedly postponed midway through due to the ‘rona. Initially slated for a June 2021 debut, the film’s premier is now scheduled for October 1.




Autoweek.com had a fun article, titled: What Would You Do with a Vega with 6 Miles on the Clock?

Ok- the background: Lambrecht Chevrolet in Pierce, Nebraska, had a big honking auction back in 2013.  Ray Lambrecht, the owner, had a tendencey to squirrel away some of his cars. At 95 years old, he decided to sell’em.   Several had delivery-mileage- so basically, never driven. All in all, about 500 cars hit the block- quite a few with this ridiculously low mileage on them.

One of them was a 1977 Chevy Vega with just 6 miles.  Sure, and a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Edition that sold for $80,000 on the same weekend, showing 4 miles on the clock. The Vega hammered for $10,500.

Vegas in tidy, running condition are rare, and are all in enthusiast hands, of course. So surviving examples are generally in good condition, and over the years a lot of systems in them have already been replaced several times over. Cosworth models are collector items, and low-mileage examples can command in excess of $20,000. In fact, there is a Vega on Bring a Trailer at this moment with 39 miles on the clock that is on track to crack the $30,000 mark

But what would you do with a Vega that’s not a Cosworth that has 6 miles on the clock?

So what would you do?  Drive it, or archive it?



We’re back with Road Muscle Radio.  Find us on the web at Roadmuscleradio.com, on twitter at RoadMuscleRadio, and on facebook.  We’re always on the lookout for good car stories, great new stuff that makes your hot rod hotter, and cool people that know cool stuff.  Feel free to send info on any of these, to driver@roadmuscleradio.com, and we’ll check it out for possible future episodes.

Joining us now is Geoff Stunkard.  Geoff’s got over three decades in the magazine business as a publisher, writer, photographer, and editor, with literally hundreds of features have been published in numerous automotive titles.  Geoff’s focus has been primarily on drag racing and musclecar history, but he’s also dabbled in publishing about Lionel train layouts and neo-tropical rattlesnake taxonomy.

Stunkard has also been noted for his work in historic racing preservation and maintains a substantial library of original film and image media, both his own and other artists’ work. His privately-published hardbound automotive photo collections regularly sell for $150.00 and up in very short production runs (all under 200 copies; most under 10). In addition to photographic prints and digital media products, among his clients are various Detroit auto manufacturers, well-respected auction firms, museums, and aftermarket companies.

Geoff- welcome to Road Muscle Radio.

  1. What first drew me was your book “Hemi- A History of Chrysler’s Iconic V-8 in Competition.” I hadn’t really thought of a hemi NOT being in competition, but there was a time. So how did the engine finds it’s way onto the dragstrip and race track?
  2. What were the iterations before the 426 became legend? And what were the important improvements the engineers made to get us to the 426?
  3. What were some of the issues racing organizations were having with HEMI’s that made the organizations throw roadblocks into their use?
  4. Tell us about the arrival of the Dodge Charger Daytona in 1969, and how the 69 Torino forced Dodge to get’er better.

We’re talking with Geoff Stunkard, author of “Hemi- A History of Chrysler’s Iconic V-8 in Competition.”  You can find it on amazon (where I bought it), along with “Landy’s Dodges: The Mighty Mopars of Dandy Dick Landy,”  plus the most recent “Chrysler’s Motown Missile: Mopar’s Secret Engineering Program at the Dawn of Pro Stock,”  and “1970 Plymouth Superbird:  Muscle Cars in Detail Number 11.”

  1. What got you so neck deep into MOPARs?
  2. When did you know you were going to love all things cars?
  3. Tell us about the magazines for which you’re an editor- or used to be an editor.
  4. What the hell is neo-tropical rattlesnake taxonomy?
  5. If you could own any car, what would it be- and why?
  6. What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done in a car?

You can find Geoff all over the interwebs.

Mopar Action Magazine

Geoff Stunkard on Amazon.com

Mecum Magazine

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