In Torque We Trust: Petrolicious Spends Some Quality Time With A 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S

In Torque We Trust: Petrolicious Spends Some Quality Time With A 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S

If there’s one thing that I love watching on youTube, it’s spring break videos automotive videos with high production value: Car reviews from Top Gear UK, the Ken Block Gymkhana series, and any “best of” racing series clips are all permanent fixtures in my youTube viewing history.

The thing is, all of these videos are about loud music, fast cuts, and non-stop action. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but sometimes I’m in the mood for a video that’s a little more low-key, and this is where the Petrolicious video series comes in. We’ve featured many videos from these guys before, including the Ring Brothers, Bob Sirna’s Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Bonneville racer, and the Martini Mustang, and this video of Bob Gough and his 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S is the latest in the series.

If you somehow managed to avoid the Petrolicious series up until this point (Which is a feat in of itself as these videos are everywhere) then you’re in for a treat as there’s nothing else quite like their style of filming: Both the Gymkhana videos and Top Gear, much as I love them, can be best described as summer blockbusters, all popcorn and action that leave you with little sense of the true nature of the vehicle that you just spent several minutes of your life watching. With a Petrolicious video, however, it’s all about the car and its owner, which in this particular case is Bob Gough and his 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S.

I’ll admit that I didn’t know much about the Formula S version of the Barracuda before watching this video, but like most Petrolicious features, after it’s over I feel like I now know both the car and its owner well enough that I’d recognize the car on the street and offer to buy Bob a beer if I saw him near it.

By now you should all know that I’m a big Pro-Touring guy, with the assumption being that my ideal vehicle would have massive brakes, eighteen-plus inch wheels, wide rubber, etcetera etcetera, all of which is typically true. However, this “moderately modified” (In Bob’s words) Formula S is perfect in its own way: It’s been upgraded just enough for the owner to enjoy it without killing the original spirit and feel, and you gotta love the “upgraded” fifteen inch steel wheels. No “second mortgage on the home” billet wheels or 3xx wide tires here, and that alone is a breath of fresh air. That, along with the upgrade from a Commando 273 V8 to a 340 and the installation of a five-speed manual gearbox makes for the perfect cruiser, as you can see from the footage of Bob roasting the tires and carving along some curvy backroads with ease. Other than a set of modern shocks the underpinnings of the Barracuda are relatively stock, which is a reality check for guys like me that sometimes delude themselves into thinking that they “need” the latest and greatest suspension tech in order to enjoy their vehicles. Sometimes all you need is an open road and an open mind, and this particular 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S is proof of that.


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11 thoughts on “In Torque We Trust: Petrolicious Spends Some Quality Time With A 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S

  1. starterguy

    AWESOME! I had a 68 Formulas S 340 car as my first ride when I was 16. It is still the best all around car I have ever owned, I still miss it 🙁

  2. Bob Gough

    Thanks, Dave for your kind words on the video done by Petrolicious on my Barracuda. I’ve been a big fan of Bangshift for quite a while now & have your site bookmarked, of course.
    And should we ever meet, it is I that will buy you the beer, and it will be my pleasure to do so!

    1. Brian Lohnes

      Bob, comments like yours literally make our day. Your car is super bitchin’ and the Petrolicious crew did you and the Baccaruda proud! I think that the Chrysler 340 is about the neatest small block that there is. Very cool to hear about the stroker engine that is coming together as well.

      What are you running on the car for mufflers? It sounds BOSS.

      – Brian

  3. Bob Gough

    And thanks also to all the folks who’ve posted comments on Bangshift. You’ve made my day!
    Bob Gough

  4. bkb

    Bobs car is sweet. It always stands out at the local Mopar shows here in San Diego. The SD Mopar club is very active and is full of great people like Bob. I need to get out to the events more. And boy is he right about not needing the latest stuff to make the A body go…then again its a Mopar. Your results might differ for other brands.

  5. 75Duster

    I knew Bob when I was stationed in San Diego and I was a member of the San Diego Mopar Club, badass Barracuda and a great person to represent us Mopar owners on the West Coast.

  6. Derek

    Very cool to see someone who knows so much about his car! He obviously enjoys this car very much, and that is what we’re all after!

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