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Legendary NASCAR Challenger Joins Displays At American SpeedFest

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A replica of Richard Petty‘s iconic #43 Plymouth Superbird will join its modern modern day cousins as part of the NASCAR demonstrations at Brands Hatch’s American SpeedFest.

The car, which was immortalised in Disney’s 2006 film, Cars, as ‘The King, the winningest driver in Piston Cup history’ was driven by Richard Petty in 1970. The car’s impressive long nose and mammoth rear wing was enough to tempt Petty away from Ford and back to Plymouth.

The replica will form part of the Mopar Muscle Car Club’s display at the event, complete with ‘Dinoco blue’ colour scheme and stickers reminiscent of Petty’s 1970 challenger. The car will take to the Brands Hatch circuit alongside more modern NASCAR Sprint and Nationwide Series competition cars.

The Superbird joins the long list of American muscle cars in a display of over 600 cars, forming part of the off-track activities at American SpeedFest, which will also see hotdog and hot wing eating competitions, the Red Devils parachute display team, a live Elvis tribute act, monster trucks and more.

The on-track action will see the only NASCAR series outside of North America, the Euro Racecar NASCAR touring series, tackle the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, with support from the Pickup Truck Championship, Legends Cup Championship and classic power from Bernie’s V8s.

Tickets are still available for American SpeedFest on June 9, with tickets available from £18 on and under 12s going free.

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