Watch 1971 California Highway Patrol Officers Slide, Spin, and Haul in 440ci Powered Polaras


Watch 1971 California Highway Patrol Officers Slide, Spin, and Haul in 440ci Powered Polaras

We have to thank a Mopar lovin’ tipster for this killer 25-minute film depicting California Highway Patrol driver training in 1971. The police cars shown in this video are 1971 Dodge Polaras with 440ci motors. There are also a ton of other classics shown being used as “violators” or chase vehicles. The video is narrated by a former instruction at the EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operational Control) school. The true magic is the minutes of footage featuring a 1970 Plymouth Superbird chasing some of the cop cars and blowing their doors off on the road course section of the facility. That big ‘bird is heaving and sliding all over the place but manages to blow off a Polara in the straights. This is really neat stuff.

Other highlights include a bunch of footage from a skid pad coated with 50-weight oil being ringed by cruisers wearing recapped slicks and lots of neat  in-car footage of drivers sawing at the big steering wheels in the cars.

This is converted 8mm tape so the quality is certainly not HD, being 8MM film there is no engine noise and the camera work is amateur, but if you are going to criticize that in the face of such totally awesome content, you are doing it wrong. The CHP has an EVOC facility still,  but it is not the same one as shown here. Cadets still go out and learn the finer points of careening their cruisers around at full tilt!

Press play and listen to the narrator as he takes you though 25-minutes of totally awesome never-before-seen footage!


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3 thoughts on “Watch 1971 California Highway Patrol Officers Slide, Spin, and Haul in 440ci Powered Polaras

  1. john

    Filmed by “Shaky McGurk”…he retired in 1975. He shook so badly he once augered himself a foot into the soft ground.

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  2. BKBridges

    My first 440 came out of the CHP wrecking yard in Oxnard CA in 1977. Dick Landy sent me there after I brought him a worthless swapmeet short block. They had a 10 foot high pile of 440 blocks to choose from. Landy said they’d bore em to to .030 max but there would be std bore motors there too. We found a good one. The place had Cop garages where they were rebuilding the older CHP cars (for the CHP) They definitely modified them for performance. Mopar heaven.

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