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The Dodge Yellow Jacket Show Car began life as a Dodge Challenger, and more specifically the first Hemi E-Body ever built. It was the most highly optioned Challenger ever built, and originally a triple black 4-speed convertible.
On the first day of production of the Mopar E-Body, the most highly optioned Hemi was painted black, given the VIN of JS27ROB100022, and then pulled of the line to become a show car. It was a 4.10 Dana car with power windows and adding to its firsts -- it was the first production Mopar with a Shaker Hood. However, it wasn't originally built as the Diamante.
The Challenger was sent to Syntex, Inc. in Dearborn where it was made into a mildly customized 2-seater and painted orange. It was given the name Yellow Jacket. Its purpose was to test the possibility of producing a car to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette. It borrowed heavily from the earlier concept car Duster1, which was a Targa style 2-seater built on a 383 Plymouth Road Runner.
Weeks after its show car debut, the Yellow Jacket's candied orange paint started showing it's defects, and the silver basecoat was showing through in many areas. Since the car was so similar looking to the 70 Challenger now in showrooms and on the streets all over the US, and it being less than overwhelming on the show circuit -- the Chrysler Corporation opted to not repaint the car, but to instead use it to create a new show car called the "Diamante", which stands for diamond in Spanish.
BK (short for Big Kahuna -- a name friends gave him back in the early 90s) is the Administrator of MoparStyle, which he started in 2001. He's a semi-retired business executive/owner who now spends with his family, drag racing, and maintaining a slew of web sites and a gaggle of collector cars.
Childhood Eldest of five boys and three girls who grew up in poverty living in a 2 bedroom apartment. Born in Michigan, but moved to Texas in 1961. Moved again to New Jersey in 1966, New York in 1970, and back to Texas after completion of Military service. Grew up with very little supervision, as his family was so large. His father always worked three minimum wage jobs concurrently, and his mother was too overwhelmed to keep up with all of the kids by herself -- so Dave pretty much grew up on the streets -- getting into a lot of trouble with the law as a kid. He always had a job of some type as a kid, from paper routes to washing dishes.
Education He was a D/F student until leaving high school by mutual agreement at 16. Later attended various colleges in the evenings under the GI Bill, with a focus on business and computer science
Military Service Dave enlisted in the USAF in 1972, shortly after turning 17, and was the youngest to be serving at the time he arrived to Basic Training in San Antonio, Texas. He spent three years active duty driving trucks, and exchanged his last year active for two years Active Reserves (under Palace Chase) to teach others to drive trucks. Dave spent the next ten years attending college in the evenings under the GI Bill. He is a service connected Vietnam Era disabled Veteran.
Employment Career After he completed his military service, he (in order) drove taxi, Tractor-trailer, and dump truck; laid blacktop, roofed, and repo'd vacuum cleaners; was a bill collector, a carpet cleaning salesman, and a draftsman; a postage equipment repairman, a mailroom equipment salesman, and a computer repairman; a computer salesman, Executive VP of two large collection agencies, and owned a collections agency; owned a distress debt buying business, a software company, and a web hosting company; owned an race engine building company, and he now designs web sites. Dave and his eldest son (Dallas) recently started a Motorcycle Tour business by the name of Texas Motorcycle Excursions.
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