TMCP #319: Steve Lehto – The Rise and Fall of Winged MOPARs in NASCAR!

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Winged Mopar Author: Steve Lehto

A view you don’t see everyday; the K&K Daytona as shot from inside Richard Petty’s Superbird!
Steve Lehto - Lehtos Law
Steve Lehto – Lehtos Law

In this week’s episode I talked to Steve Lehto, author of many automotive books including one about the Dodge Daytona & Plymouth Superbird. Steve grew up in South East Michigan around Detroit and even drove a Charger on Woodward for a few years and so was heavily influenced by cars. He even worked driving tow truck and then as a radio DJ.

At one point he figured there must be a better way to make money and went back to school to become a lawyer. Steve now specializes in lemon car law and even talks about it on his podcast.

Dodge Daytona & Plymouth Superbird book
Dodge Daytona & Plymouth Superbird book


Growing up with a Charger made Steve a little more attuned to all things Mopar and gave him an appreciation of 60’s muscle and racing.

He decided to research and write about the winged Mopar’s of Nascar and that search for information led him many interesting places. Specifically, he dug into the “who, why, how, and who-cheated-on-who” component of the story…and how it led to MOPAR building a race car with a street-car cousin instead of the other way around!

Steve loves to find the little unknown tidbits of knowledge and related a few to me.He also met many interesting people that imparted first hand knowledge of that era. He did get a ride in a few of these cars, including Richard Petty’s race car.


You can find out more about Steve Lehto on his website Lehtos Law , on Twitter at , on You Tube and the Lehto’s Law podcast 

Thanks Steve for the interview.

-Rob Kibbe


This interview sponsored by our pals at National Parts Depot
your premier source for muscle car restoration parts!



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