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MM: Let’s talk about Pure Vision.  I know you pull multiple sources and influences from different parts of the automotive world.  What do you look to when you build a car?

STROPE: Emotion.  All the cars, I’ve made statements about this on TV shows and stuff.  How I go about designing a car is what emotion do you want to invoke.  Is that bad ass, or is that just a little sweetheart, that thing’s a sweety, or man - is that thing high tech super trick!  It’s all a different emotion; startles people a different way.  One of my grass roots, my coming home kind of thing, is the white ’68 Charger I just did for George Poteet. I grew up around a lot of grass roots, NASCAR, dirt track, asphalt racing, a lot of speedway. As a design element, I love mid to late 60’s to early 70’s race machinery  -- NASCAR, drag racing, it doesn’t matter.  They all have a look that really appeals to me.  George, the owner, also shares that same feeling. So when I told him of this idea of this very raw, very vintage NASCAR, with little brackets and parts and pieces theme to the car, and we carried the theme through.  The car has more horsepower than a NASCAR had back then, and it’s got an excellent cage in it. It’s not an insane jungle gym cage, but it’s a great cage. The funny thing is that it’s a modern day pro touring  car in disguise.  It’s got all the same underpinnings as some of my really trick pro touring  cars. The same suspension, and big brakes, but it’s hidden in a late ‘60’s NASCAR package.  A lot of influence from vintage racing, for sure.

MM: And with the GTX-R, [’72 Plymouth Satellite] it looks like you took a lot of influence and styling cues from Formula One?

STROPE: It’s very European, that was a body change in ’71.  It was a big change from ’70, it looked like a big box then, and now you have this very feminine, curvaceous, huge Coke bottle shape -- and it’s very clear that it’s European influence.  Rollback pans, little chin spoilers, little air intake vents, big round gauges, big round pods. Very simplistic. Gone is all the extra plastic like the ‘68, ‘69, and ‘70 models.  Very straightforward and clean dash. High back buckets. Extremely European. I designed the GTX-R, I figured an “R” Model of the GTX.  We did it as if Chrysler was still possibly Trans Am racing in ’71, but had things like paddle shifting, and an injection unit like we made. Of course, a very European on the paint scheme, with the big white stripe. The white wheels, which were highly controversial, which was great.  We tinted the high beams light yellow, like a GT-2 car, like an IMSA Corvette. The deep chin spoiler, you obviously hit the nail on the head - a lot of European road racing influence in the GTX-R design.

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