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Group plans movie about iconic Plymouth Superbird made famous by Richard Petty

Jun 7, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

(Photo courtesy: Richard Petty Museum) (Photo courtesy: Richard Petty Museum)

How many of you remember the iconic Superbird, the unique version of the Dodge Charger Daytona and its sister car, the Plymouth Road Runner Superbird, that Richard Petty made famous in NASCAR in 1970, going on to win 18 races that season?

With the huge spoiler that rose about two feet above the trunk lid and a massive 426-cubic-inch Hemi engine under the hood, the Superbird was unlike any race car NASCAR has ever seen – and likely will ever see again.

Borrowing a page from the Reddit/Dogecoin crowdfunding for Josh Wise‘s car in Sprint Cup, now comes a report from Hooniverse.com that a group of producers and obviously die-hard gearheads are attempting to raise money also through crowdfunding to make a movie about the fabled ‘Bird.

The tentative working title for the movie is quite appropriate: “Winged Warriors.”

The producers are trying to raise enough money through an initiative on KickStarter.com to not only make the film, but also to build or buy several replica cars, including the original Dodge No. 88 Daytona test car that spawned the Superbird, as well as Petty’s No. 43 Plymouth Superbird, James Hylton’s No. 48 Dodge Charger and the No. 99 Dodge Charger Daytona owned by Charlie Glotzbach and Richard Brickhouse.

Kickstarter will be the first of two fundraising efforts, according to Hooniverse, with a goal of $462,000, of which nearly $275,000 will be designated for building or purchasing eight variations of the Superbird.

The fundraising effort has some unique perks: If you pledge $10,000, you’ll get a brief speaking part in the movie and an executive producer credit.

Even those who can only afford $25, there’s a perk, as well: a DVD of the film and a poster.

The fundraising pledge effort kicked off June 1, but admittedly is going slowly: As of 7 pm ET Saturday, producers had raised just under $14,000, or about three percent of their goal. The fundraising effort continues until June 30.

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  1. onbucky96 - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Has Danica Patrick donated yet?

  2. ndirish10 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Isn’t that the car from Disney’s Cars, “The King?”

  3. techmeister1 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    A quality movie about the Superbird and Petty would be great. A chessy, half-baked POS film would suck. “Winged Warriors” is of the current generation mindset and totally inappropriate for the Superbird and Dodge Daytona super CRASHCARS of the era were far more than just a winged thing.

  4. bdepri5748 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    The author really needs a history lesson and to better research his material. The ONLY reason there was even a Superbird was to bring back Richard Petty to Plymouth. The Dodge Daytona was built FIRST (which followed the Charger 500) and Richard wanted to drive one for the ’69 season. Plymouth (who he had his contract with) said “no”. Petty then did the inthinkable and left Plymouth, driving a Ford Talladega in ’69. Plymouth scrambled and built the Superbird in order to bring back “The King”. But, the Daytona came first and the Superbird was NOT a “version” of it; the Superbird was based on the Plymouth Road Runner.

  5. charger383 - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Superbirds were made from Roadrunners by Creative Industries, who did the Daytonas. Dodge fenders were used on Superbirds

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