Thursday, September 16, 2010

Shut Thine Piehole

Stone Temple Pilots, nope. Shirt Tail Press, not even. Scientifically Treated Petroleum, yes sir!
Back in '54, Charles Dwight (Doc) Liggett, Jim Hill and Robert DeHart from St. Joseph, Missouri, cooked up and packaged this automotive stew in a garage at night, then sold it out of their car trunks by day.
Studebaker-Packard , with Andy Granatelli at the helm, bought STP in '61 and soon signed a sponsorship deal with Mario Andretti's Indy-Car race team. Nine years later, STP jumped the fence to NASCAR, which began their long time association with stock car legend, Richard Petty.

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  1. There's more to this story than you know. Liggett was my uncle, and you don't have all the facts.

  2. Sorry. I thought the reference was authentic.

  3. Liggett was a friend of our family in Denver. My uncle Luke and my Aunt A traveled with them regularly.