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

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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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Fernando Alonso completes first test with United Autosports

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Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso enjoyed his first outing with United Autosports, with whom he will contest the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, in their Ligier JS P217 LMP2 chassis.

The McLaren Formula 1 driver completed the test at Motorland Aragon in Spain alongside co-driver Phil Hanson, who will be a teammate with Alonso at next year’s 24-hour Daytona enduro. Filipe Albuquerque, a former GT class winner at the Rolex 24, was also on hand to help Alonso and the team ahead of Alonso’s first run in an LMP2 car, which comes only a couple days after he made his LMP1 testing debut with Toyota. Albuquerque races with Mustang Sampling Racing in IMSA, but will return to United’s European Le Mans Series program for all but one race in 2018.

“I had a great first test with United Autosports. Obviously, we are on a really tight schedule between now and Daytona, but it was nice to jump in the car for the first time,” said Alonso, who will rejoin the team at the official Roar Before the 24 test on January 5-7.

Alonso added, “There’s quite a few switches and things to study so it was important to do this initial shakedown before Daytona, so I could fully learn about the car. I’m happy with everything – the car felt great and the team were fantastic. The atmosphere here is wonderful, like a big family, so today has been amazing. I cannot wait for Daytona.”

Team owner Zak Brown, who also serves as executive director of McLaren Technology Group and helps lead the McLaren Formula 1 effort, shared Alonso’s enthusiasm and was not surprised he was able to acclimate himself relatively quickly.

“Fernando’s first test with United Autosports went awesome as expected. He is a world champion and it is a pleasure to have him in our car,” he said of Alonso’s debut with the team.

Alonso is currently schedule to contest the Rolex 24 with the aforementioned Hanson and McLaren test driver Lando Norris.