Best of SEMA: Richard Petty’s Challenger

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Richard Petty is the King, and there’s no getting around that his ’72 Challenger looks totally bad-ass.

A couple of years back I actually spotted Petty walking through the show, and he was super-cool to all the people who approached him. And if he was upset at not being able to travel more than a couple of feet at a time, his trademark shades and ten-gallon hat hid it with ease.   

The STP race livery has always been one of my favorites?along with the classic Gulf Oil colors?and standing next to this wicked machine made me wish NASCAR still raced cars that  resembled something you could actually buy. Big time props to Optima Batteries for bringing this treasure to the show.