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December 15, 1969 – The last Plymouth Superbird
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December 15, 1969 – The last Plymouth Superbird

The story of the Plymouth Superbird and its development is fairly well-known, so we won't get into heavy details. In brief, it had one job, to dominate NASCAR along with its older sibling, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. While Dodge only had to build 500 Daytonas to be eligible for the 1969 NASCAR season, the sanctioning body changed the rules for 1970 to combat purpose built race cars. For Plymouth, that meant at least 1,920 Superbirds needed to end up on dealer lots to qualify for the track. With a target set, the assembly line churned. Before long workers hit their mark and the last Plymouth Superbird rolled off the assembly line on this day in 1969. Check out the green car below. An ad for a 1970 Plymouth Superbird When all's said and done, somewhere between 1,969 and 1,982 ...
December 15, 1969 – The last Plymouth Superbird
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December 15, 1969 – The last Plymouth Superbird

The story of the Plymouth Superbird is fairly well-known, so we won't get into heavy details. But in brief, it was designed and introduced following the on-track success of its older sibling, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, so that Plymouth could race its own highly engineered winged car in NASCAR in 1970. There is also much speculation that Plymouth developed the modified Road Runner to attract Richard Petty back to the team after he moved to Ford. Of course, for the car to be eligible for NASCAR, at least 2,000 units had to be produced for consumer sales, the last of which (according to AeroWarriors.com) was manufactured on this day in 1969. You can see it below. An ad for a 1970 Plymouth Superbird They may not have hit the mark. Chrysler planned to sell approximately 2,783 Superb...
January 3, 1969 – F1 World Champ Michael Schumacher is born
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January 3, 1969 – F1 World Champ Michael Schumacher is born

Michael Schumacher at the 1997 German Grand Prix. By Cord Rodefeld from Ulm, Germany - Hockenheim 1997, CC BY-SA 2.0 Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher was born on this day in 1969 in Hürth, West Germany. Schumacher's started his first F1 race, the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, after qualifying for the seventh position. Despite high expectation, come race day, Schumacher wouldn’t make it past the first lap due to clutch problems. This certainly didn't foreshadow the rest of his career. After winning his first F1 championship in 1994, he doubled down in 1995, racing both winning seasons with Benetton. The year after that he moved to Ferrari. Schumacher barely missed titles in 1997 and 1998, then broke his leg in 1999, putting an end to yet another title run. He retur...

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