Video: Petty’s Superbird Drives For First Time Since 1970


There are some cars that are simply bigger than the legends they created. Dick Landy’s ’68 Hemi Dart. Sox & Martin’s ’71 Hemi ‘Cuda. The ’67 GTX “Silver Bullet.” Oh, and let us not forget “The King” Richard Petty’s ’70 Plymouth Superbird. The iconic #43 aero car broke a succession of records and propelled Petty to the forefront (although he was pretty much already there) of NASCAR royalty. Heck, both Petty and #43 were immortalized in Disney/Pixar’s “Cars.”

But as fate would have it, at the close of the 1970 season, Petty climbed out of his 1970 Plymouth Superbird for the last time. That’s correct, Petty never once drove the Superbird again. Instead, the famous race car moved from one to another museum. And until very recently, it has run very little, and even barely been driven under its own power. It would seem the world’s most famous Superbirds had its wings clipped.


That is, until recently. According to Goodwood Road & Racing, “having been hugely popular at the Festival of Speed in 2006 and 2014, Richard Petty was once again invited by Lord March to journey across the pond for this year’s FoS. To our sheer delight he kindly agreed. What’s more, he’s bringing the Superbird with him.

“When news of this reached GRR we immediately booked flights to America with the hope of seeing the car run and perhaps even move under its own power around the car park. Once there we had the pleasure of meeting The King and even had time to chat about the cars in his museum, in particular the Superbird.”

What transpired next though, is pure car lover nirvana. GRR was given an exclusive ride in the famous Superbird through the countryside roads surrounding the Petty compound. Below is GRR’s teaser for the video, but the full-length video could not be embedded, and is viewable by clicking HERE. Enjoy!

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching Mopar Connection Magazine. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story. He's also the co-author of "The Chrysler B-Body Restoration Guide."

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