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"The King" Richard Petty stands next to the replica of his storied 1981 Buick Regal
"The King" Richard Petty stands next to the replica of his storied 1981 Buick Regal

Richard Petty Resurrects Storied 1981 Buick Regal, Adds Modern Appointments


Alpine Electronics of America Inc. has partnered with Petty’s Garage on a 1981 Buick Regal. The Buick is a replica of the race car that was driven by The King, NASCAR legend Richard Petty, when he captured his historic seventh Daytona 500 win in 1981. Petty’s win set a record that still remains unbroken today.

Petty’s Garage replicated the Buick for the shop’s partner, General Tire. While the Buick’s styling stays true to the original race car, Petty’s Garage invited Alpine to supply a premium audio system for the car.

Although it’s unusual to have an audio system in a race car, the Alpine system will be used as entertainment when this replica car is at consumer events. The 650-watt sound system is based around the Alpine Halo9 iLX-F309 9-inch AV Receiver with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is featured in a custom installation in the dash.

The car also features a pair of R-S65.2 6.5-inch R-Series Coaxial Speakers are installed in the doors, while R-S69C.2 6x9-inch Component Speakers are mounted in the rear wall. An R-W12D4 12-inch Subwoofer is in a custom enclosure in the left rear of the trunk, and the system is powered by a PDR-V75 5-Channel Amplifier.

The Buick also has General Tire G Max RS tires, custom paint in Petty Blue and Day Glow Orange, and other Petty’s Garage components.

Petty’s Garage, an authorized Alpine retailer, is a high-performance speed shop owned by Petty and based in Level Cross, North Carolina.

The Buick was revealed on Feb. 8 as part of the Daytona Beach ARCA race, one of the events at the Daytona International Speedway leading up to the annual Daytona 500 race on Sunday, Feb.  17.

Race fans can see the car and its Alpine system while the vehicle is on display in the General Tire booth at the speedway’s Fanzone. General Tire will also take the car to various consumer events throughout the year

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