Richard Petty Drives Plymouth Belvedere GTX on the Goodwood Hill Climb

Just like the Plymouth Belvedere GTX, Richard Petty is another household name of everything involving the octane-rich world of NASCAR. Thanks to the Goodwood Festival of Speed that took place this last weekend, both icons were finally reunited after 47 years since Petty has last driven the Belvedere racer.
NASCAR Legend Richard Petty reunited with his Plymouth Belvedere GTX 1 photo
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Also known as "The King", Richard Petty is almost 77-year old but has the same glimmer in his eyes just like when he raced in the Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. His career is nothing short of spectacular - Petty won the Daytona 500 a record 7 times, but also managed to win a staggering 27 of 48 races in the 1967 season, 10 consecutive wins included.

Moving on to that legendary 1967 season, "The King" didn't actually drive a '67 Plymouth Belvedere GTX, but a 1966 model made to look like the '67 Belvedere. Over both the 1966 and 1967 seasons, the HEMI-powered NASCAR legend helped Petty acquire a mind-boggling 36 wins. Even though now it's just a museum piece, we advise not to label the blue Plymouth Belvedere GTX as a pensioner racer.

Just like we said earlier, Richard hasn't driven the car that helped him become a NASCAR legend since 1967. However, Petty agreed to ship his prized Plymouth over the Atlantic and set a full-on hill climb run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Scroll below and press play to see "The King" drive the '67 Plymouth Belvedere GTX on the narrow road that traverses Lord March's estate.

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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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