06/02/11 11:09AM Don Garlits, Fathers Day Gifts, MOPAR, NHRA

"Big Daddy" Don Garlits...Fathers Day Gifts

Garlits Announces Top 12 Father’s Day Gift Items

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The ultimate daddy, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, would like to add even more performance and appearance to every dad’s car this Father’s Day. After perusing the Mopar® catalog, he picked his top 12 gift items.

“’Big Daddy’ Don Garlits is the Babe Ruth of drag racing,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “While not every dad can make sub-five second passes over the quarter mile, we think Don Garlits knows what it takes to get dad’s car looking good and into the fast lane.”

“With more than 280,000 parts and accessories, Mopar has a huge selection of parts and accessories,” said Garlits. “Put a gift under dad’s hood this Father’s Day and make him happy.”

Following is “Big Daddy” Don Garlits’ top 12 Father’s Day gift ideas:

Fender Covers: Prevent scratches and dings while showing pride at the drag strip or on the street with Mopar logo fender covers. Part Number: P5153623, manufacturer’s suggested retail  price (MSRP): $28. 

Mopar Big-Block Cast Aluminum Polished Valve Covers (Set): These aluminum die-cast polished valve covers will set apart dad’s engine bay while proudly displaying the Mopar logo.  For 383 and 440 cubic-inch engines.  Part Number: P5007616, MSRP: $168 (small-block engine valve covers also available)

Spark Plug Removal Tool: This tool is specifically designed to protect wires from removal damage. Part Number: P5249718, MSRP: $22

Chrome-plated Differential Cover: For 9-3/4-inch Dana 60 axles. Those left in dad’s rear-view mirror will appreciate his attention to detail. Part Number: P3690755, MSRP: $56

Engine Paint (HEMI® Orange): The difference between “good” and show quality is in the details. For that special restoration project, Mopar offers up to eight correct OEM enamel paint colors, including Turquoise, HEMI Orange, Street HEMI Orange, Black, Silver, Red, Blue and Gold. Part Number: P4120751AB, MSRP: $10

Road Runner Restoration Decal: Mopar offers more than 60 decals and emblems in order to complete a true restoration. From the famous Road Runner to a 440 Six Pack decal, Mopar is the source.  A variety of restoration decals are available including Dodge Dart, Plymouth Duster, Road Runner and HEMI. Part Number: P2842873, MSRP: $30

Mopar Purple Shaft Small-Block Camshaft Kit: To put muscle in dad’s muscle car, these famous, factory-engineered cams add horsepower and torque. Many applications are available for big and small-block engines. Part Number: P4120231AC, MSRP: $215
Mopar Pinion Snubber: A must-have in order to help prevent axle windup under acceleration and improve traction. Part Number: P3690181, MSRP: $67
Mopar Shift Light: Shifting at the correct RPM is critical for a low elapsed time (ET) and win light.  Mopar digital rpm display shift lights are programmable for your desired RPM shift point. Part Number: P5155508, MSRP: $175
Mopar Front Strut Tower Bar: For 2005 to 2010 model-year Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, these silver powder-coated strut tower bars with a Mopar plate add handling capability while providing under-hood flair. Part Number: P5155002, MSRP: $359
Mopar Logo Style Hood Pins: For modern-day Dodge Challengers, these genuine, functional hood-pin kits provide nostalgic muscle-car looks with functionality and come with all attaching hardware. Hood pins are available in chrome or black finish.  Part Number: P5155755, MSRP: $305
Jeep® Logo Differential Cover: Nothing says off-road more than Jeep. Separate dad’s from others with logo-style front and rear covers. Part Number: P5155445 (Dana 30), Part Number: P5155446 (Dana 44), Part Number: P5155447 (Dana 60), MSRP: $180

About ‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits
“Big Daddy” Don Garlits is synonymous with drag racing. In a career that spanned more than five decades, he won three National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) world championships and a total of 144 national events. He was the first drag racer to surpass the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, 260 and 270 mile-per-hour marks in the quarter mile. Garlits currently runs the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Fla.
About the Mopar Brand

Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat North America vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered and tested with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat North America vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

More than 70 Years of Mopar
When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words Motor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s—the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

Mopar-First Features
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

•    Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
•    Vehicle-information smartphone apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
•    Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
•    Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to introduce new vehicle tracking system that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too   far based on set parameters
•    2011 Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
•    WiFi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
•    Brand-specific customer care telephone lines: first to offer Sunday service hours for customers
•    WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network