4/26 — That Means It’s National Hemi Day!

Expect to see more orange than usual tomorrow as Mopar lovers celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hemi engine.

April 26, or 4/26, is the traditional Hemi Day, and it should be livelier than ever as those worshipers of the elephant motor observe the birth year of their beloved hemispherical-headed beast. It was February 1964 when Richard Petty led a 1-2-3 finish for Plymouth in the Daytona 500 and introduced the world to the Hemi engine.

EngineLabs offered a more thorough look at the Hemi in last year’s 4/26 reminder. This year we’re showcasing our favorite Hemi stories that have been presented on these pages. There are engines running from the street to Bonneville, with late model fuel injection and nostalgic supercharging. And, of course, there’s a Pink Elephant!

So get out your orange sweatshirts and take a trip down Hemi’s memory lane with EngineLabs!

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Mike Magda

Mike Magda is a veteran automotive writer with credits in publications such as Racecar Engineering, Hot Rod, Engine Technology International, Motor Trend, Automobile, Automotive Testing Technology and Professional Motorsport World. He was the editor of four national automotive magazines, including Chevy High Performance, and has authored hundreds of automotive technical briefings. In covering nearly every type of motorsport, Mike has collaborated with many of racing's top engine builders and factory engineers.
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