Plymouth SuperBird to star on Brands’ Indy circuit

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A replica of Richard Petty’s 1970 Superbird – one of the first cars to use downforce in NASCAR – will run at Brands Hatch on 9 June.

The legendary original – which inspired a character in the Disney blockbuster Cars – was used to lure multi-NASCAR-record holder Richard Petty back from Ford.

It featured an extended nose and huge rear wing, which proved so successful that 1971 NASCAR rules were changed to limit ‘aero cars’ to 305cu in engines or force them to carry ballast.

‘The King’ is the latest in a list of 600 vehicles – including classic Mustangs, Falcons and Corvettes – that are expected to be on show at American SpeedFest.

Monster trucks will feature, too, and visitors will have the chance to soak up ‘Stars and Stripes’ culture in the form of eating contests (for hot dogs and chicken wings), a barbeque competition, a bucking bronco and live music.

Enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to take a walk down the pits.

Tickets are priced at £18 in advance, while under-13s go free.

Find out more on the event’s website.

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