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The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was L.A. street-racing icon Big Willie Robinson’s ride of choice.

Do modern Dodge muscle cars capture the same kind of magic harnessed by Big Willie Robinson? A review by @DanielNMiller:  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-12-19/dodge-muscle-cars-big-willie-robinson 

Who was Big Willie Robinson?

Robinson was an L.A. street racer who emerged in the ‘60s after the Watts riots, helping to heal a city torn apart by racial violence. Movie stars & miscreants, Crips & Bloods—at the drag strip, he got them to see eye to eye.

The Daytona Big Willie drove — he dubbed it the King Daytona — was especially rare. It was one of only a few dozen 1969 Daytonas built with a Hemi motor, whose hemispherical combustion chambers aid performance.  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-12-19/dodge-muscle-cars-big-willie-robinson 

Big Willie and his wife owned a handful of 1969 Dodge Charger Daytonas. These rare cars have done some amazing things:

✅1 appeared in racing film “Two-Lane Blacktop”
✅2 were memorialized as model cars that sell for $500-plus
✅1 sold for more than $200,000 last year

To compare the Daytona to its spiritual successors, @DanielNMiller tracked down a 1969 Hemi Daytona owned by car collector Greg Joseph, who actually knew Big Willie Robinson.

📸: @myung_chun  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-12-19/dodge-muscle-cars-big-willie-robinson 

Dodge lent @DanielNMiller a 2019 Charger Hellcat and a 2019 Challenger Hellcat Redeye, a special version of the car that adds 80 horsepower for a total of 797.

This is how they compare to Big Willie’s ride.

🎥@myung_chun  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-12-19/dodge-muscle-cars-big-willie-robinson 

L.A. street-racing legend Big Willie Robinson is the subject of @DanielNMiller’s seven-part podcast “Larger Than Life.”

Listen here:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/larger-than-life/id1470903474 


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