Wheels and Wings spotlight: 1969 Plymouth Road Runner
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado -The 2011 Vail Automotive Classic’s Wheels and Wings Show takes place Saturday at the Vail Valley Jet Center in Gypsum and Sunday in the streets of Vail. Among the featured vehicles at the show is a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi. Details include:• Hemi engine.• Wheelbase, inches: 116.0.• Weight: 3,940 pounds.• Number built: 788.• Base price: $4,000.• 0-60 mph: 5.3 seconds .The Road Runner was named Motor Trend Car of the Year for 1969. Sales almost doubled to 82,109, second to the Chevelle SS-396 and more than 10,000 units ahead of the Pontiac GTO, which dropped to third place in this market segment.”What is it like on the street? Breathtaking,” wrote Car and Driver after reviewing five muscle cars built to replicate the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi. “The Hemi Road Runner has more pure mechanical presence than any other American automobile . … It has an impatient, surging idle that causes the whole car to quiver. … Open everything in the two four-barrel Carters (and) the exhaust explodes like Krakatoa and the wailing howl of surprised air being sucked into the intakes turns heads for blocks. Baby, you know you’re in the presence.”Registration for the 2011 Vail Automotive Classic’s Wheels & Wings Show is $40 per vehicle. Vintage and modern cars and motorcycles may register online at vailautomotiveclassic.com. This year’s Featured Marque is Ferrari, with more than 10 vintage Ferraris registered. For more information, visit vailautomotiveclassic.com.