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ALL ABOUT RALPH

 
 
 
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      All about Ralph is just what you thought it was, All about me, All about the great things I love, and love to do.
           The best thing that has happened to me in my life is my beautiful wife Sharleen. I have known Sharleen since 1986, when we began dating. We married in 1994, and celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in 2019. She is there for me all the time, I love her like nothing else. You have probably seen the bumper sticker you can take my wife, you can take my dog, but not my Mopar. My bumper sticker reads: You can take my RoadRunner, my Hemicuda, my Hemi GTX, but don't even think of taking My Wife.  Sharleen is the reason I have so many wonderful toys. She believes in me and my crazy thoughts on why I should have so many Mopars. She loves the cars and racing them  just as much as I do. Sometimes she scares me with the knowledge that she has about the cars and drag racing.

Just when we thought we would be a family of two for the rest of our lives, The Good Lord blessed us with a beautiful little Girl. Marianna Cynthia, She came to us in the winter of 2011. It's been different ever since. Different in a way that only a parent can explain. The love and affection Sharleen and I share for this little girl is second to none. In 2014, I bought Macy her first car, Yes it's a Road Runner and Yes it's one of only 44 ever built in FM3 Moulon Rouge AKA "Panther Pink". We've spent the last four years restoring the Road Runner and in 2019 we plan to show the Road Runner. This isn't Macy's first restoration, she helped complete the AAR Cuda and has helped me with many of the other cars in the collection as you will see looking throughout this Website.



            The great Guidance given to me by my mother growing up was priceless. She taught me right from wrong, she loved me the best way she knew possible while struggling trying to make ends meet. She never wanted any of us kids to feel like we missed out on anything because we did not have a father (my father died when I was 10 months old) and my sister, brother and I never did miss out on a thing. My Mom passed in 2017. Thanks Mom for everything, I love you and miss you.



             I was born in Solarino, Sicily in 1968. My Father decided in March of 1969 that the grass was greener in the USA so he packed up my Mom, my brother, my sister and I and took the boat over to the US.  He worked as a mason for a few months before he was killed in an industrial accident. My mom decided to stay in the USA with her father and began a life of long days of hard work to raise us kids, sacrificing her life to give us a better one. I remember my mom would work 1st shift from 6am. to 4 pm. then go to her second job from 5 pm. to 12 am. then come home and sew for a local factory till 3am and go to bed just to start all over the next day.

              Every time I think of something that can't be done I just think of my mom and do as she did, "build a bridge and get over it". If a lady from Sicily made a great empire by herself, why can't I ? My mom's favorite word is "Economize". Economize with a Sicilian accent; that she did and boy did we have everything by doing that one thing.

            Dalton and Cindy are my in-laws, and it was my father in-law who made me see the light (Mopar). It was fall of 1987 and I had decided that I wanted a muscle car. My Merkur and Sharleen's Capri just did not do it when you cruised out to the Berlin Tpke.

I wanted a 1969 Mustang Mach 1. So, in this quest for a Mustang, I purchased a local car trader magazine. I remember sitting in front of the TV over at my in-laws looking for a Mustang when Dalton said, " why don't you get a Mopar?" I said, " A what?" He responded, " You know a Road Runner, A GTX?" I asked him why? He said  they were less expensive than a Mustang Mach 1, and a lot faster! Well, that was all I had to know, Faster! So, we started looking for a Roadrunner / GTX in MASS. NH. CT. RI.. Every weekend we were looking, then we found it, a 1967 GTX 440 4spd. in South Windsor, CT. This was the beginning of my future in the Mopar muscle car craze.

            Those who own Mopars know, you can't only have one! The more the merrier, and I took this to the extreme. By 1992 I had 5 Mopars and 2 of GMs. My 1967 440 GTX had more company, A 1966 GTO, a 1967 Hemi GTX, a 1968 400 Firebird conv., another 440 GTX, a 1970 Roadrunner, and Sharleen purchased her Demon. My cars were in various stages. My Roadrunner was a great cruise night car, my Hemi and  440 GTX, GTO, and Sharleen's Demon were our show cars. And, the other 440 GTX and Firebird were in limbo, just waiting for something to happen to them.

           By 1995 I got all my ducks in a row and started thinking about the kind of cars that I wanted  in my garage. First,  I preferred Mopars; second, 4 speed cars. My first  love was the B-Bodies, and then in 1998 came the hemicuda, " O'boy, WOW,  what a car!". My favorite line is "A Hemicuda is like a beautiful woman to be desired by all but only had by few" .

October 9, 2006
          My hobby has expanded even bigger than I thought possible. The price of Mopar muscle cars I have grown to love have become untouchable. The only problem I have is that to grow my collection, I have to sell or trade cars that mean so much to me. I  have decided that the way to enjoy my collection is to use the cars the way they were meant to be used- to enjoy them to the fullest. As Sharleen says "Drive them hard and use them the way Detroit and Chrysler intended." In the beginning, I raced my muscle cars occasionally. In 2004, it became an obsession, and in 2008 I started the racing series SuperCar Races, American MuscleCar Racing. We've got a great group of guys and gals that race their muscle cars in this heads up, factory appearing class. I enjoy the friendly competition. We all have personal goals of how fast we want our muscle cars to go. We have great rivalries between brands. And, most important, we are building friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

       My collection of Mopar muscle cars has been refined to specific models that are very important to me. My collection is mostly Plymouth B-Bodies. I feel that the B-Body Plymouth was the ultimate muscle car in the late 60's and early 70's. One of the cars in the collection of B-Bodies that I have is a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere I HP2.  This car was very important because it was the start of the Plymouth muscle car empire. 1966 saw the birth of the Street Hemi and the marriage of the B-Body with the Street Hemi. The 1966 Plymouth was a hit and the beginning of 7 great years of muscle cars from Chrysler's Plymouth Division. The collection is completed with a 1972 Road Runner GTX 440 4 Spd.  This model was the end of the muscle car fight that Plymouth  waged on America's other brands of automobiles. The collection also has a 1970 Hemicuda.  1970 was the peak of the muscle car era. If you wanted the ultimate, you got the Hemi. If you wanted to beat a Hemi, Chrysler built you a 440 Six Pack to try. This is the reason for the A12 Road Runner and the 1970 Hemi Road Runner on the collection.

Ralphs Rapid Transit Collection- 2019

B-Bodies
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II A/DX Altered WheelBase Funny Car Dragter Prescription Hemi II

1966 Plymouth Belvedere I HP2 First Year of the Street Hemi
1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX First Year of the 440 Super Commando HP
1968 Plymouth Road Runner 383 The birth of the most Iconic MuscleCar Ever!
1969 Plymouth Road Runner 440 6BBL The answer to the Street Hemi
1969 Plymouth Road Runner 383 Convertible Beep! Beep!! Goes Topless!!!
1970 Plymotuh Road Runner 383 Convertible New Styling for an Icnonic MuscleCar.
1970 Plymouth Road Runner 383 FM3 1 of 44 Every built Pink Road Runners

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Super Bird The most outrageous Road Runner Ever Built
1970 Plymouth Road Runner 440 6BBL A Muscle Car that has all the styling of the era
1970 Plymouth Road Runner 426 Hemi The Most desirable Road Runner Ever Built
1971 Plymouth Road Runner 440 6BBL The First Road Runner that was not built from a Belvedere Platform
1971 Plymouth GTX 440+6BBL Auto The Last GTX every built

1972 Plymouth Road Runner GTX 440 4BBL The ONLY year a 440 4 BBL was available.
1972 Dodge Charger Rallye 440 4Spd. Coke Bottle to the Extreme.
1979 Dodge Magnum GT 360 The Last B-Body Every Built.


E-Body
1970 Plymouth HemiCuda
1970 AAR Cuda 340+6BBL


A-Body
1972 Dodge Demon GSS 340

80's Muscle
1985 Merkur XR4Ti
1986 Mercury Capri 5.0


90's Super Car
1994 Dodge Viper R/T10


Haulin Fleet
1966 Dodge C600 Swing Nose Semi
1973 International 1310 AWD
1996 Dodge Ram 2500 HD 12 Valve Cummins
2011 Dodge Ram 2500 HD Mega Cab 6.7 H/O Cummins


All Things Chrysler
1971 Chrysler Spoort Satellite Boat.



January, 2019
My Collection will never be completed. It will evolve and change as time goes on. My goal is to have at least one of every year Plymouth B-Body, from 1962 to 1972. Once that is complete, I am sure I will find a way to make it grow even more.

My new tow vehicle! 2011 Dodge Ram Mega Cab.


    My garage is the work of all my friends and family, I cannot take credit for it all, but I love to show it off to all.
 

All about Ralph is not about me, it is about all the great people in my life. My wife, my family, my friends, and the toys I love to collect.
"Live life to the fullest. You only go around once."