Video: The Hurst Challengers Are Coming And They’re Raw


At this year’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, the fine folks over at V8TV via YouTube had the opportunity to speak with Larry Weiner, vice president of Mr. Norm’s Garage. The folks at Mr. Norm’s out of Rockford, Illinois, have teamed up with legendary entity Hurst-Shifters in a collaborative effort to build some of the baddest modern Mopar muscle cars today.

Both companies have united to bring enthusiasts alike a high-performance oriented solution to the Challenger, both R/T and Hellcat models. Now you don’t need us to tell you the history behind Hurst and its involvement with Mopar muscle cars, dating back to the early ‘60s in the good-ole era of 440s and such. With that said, these two automotive giants are looking to harp back to the days of unleaded gasoline-infused muscle cars by providing us with some very unique Challengers.

As Weiner points out, the original Hurst 440 Darts were built by Hurst for Mr. Norm’s. By today’s plans, Mr. Norm’s has decided to ‘pay-it forward’ in a sense by taking on the builds this time around. The two cars on display at the event, both a Challenger R/T and a Challenger Hellcat, serve as prime examples of what the collaborative duo are capable of. Upgrades such as Hurst wheels, Hurst springs, and even Hurst shifters for the manual models, can all be found on these exclusive Challengers.

But it doesn’t end there folks. As Weiner points out, Mr. Norm’s is notorious for building impeccable Mopar muscle cars, which is why these new models proudly bear special-built spoilers, splitters, and more, to differentiate themselves from the crowd — all in one package designed from an OEM approach.

So what say you, Mopar enthusiast? Will you be building a best-of-both-worlds, one-of-one Hurst and Mr. Norm’s equipped Challenger? With only 50 to be produced per year, hit-up the guys at Mr. Norm’s or Hurst for a dealership to order one for yourself.

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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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