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Things You didn’t know about Dave Mungenast Sr. :
Nominated for stuntman of the year for the motorcycle jump in “Paradise Lost” that was filmed in New Zealand, a pilot for a feature film.
Appeared in 7 major motion pictures as a stuntman.
Dave was the double for Gene Hackman in the very popular movie Airport 77.
Dave opened St. Louis Honda Motorcycles at 6820 Gravois in St. Louis, March 1965.
In 1964 & 1966 he was the over-all winner of the 24-hour Endurance Race at Riverdale Speedway in Jefferson County, Missouri, earning Honda its first national championship in America.
Dave Mungenast earned a degree at St. Louis University-his field was cartography.
Dave competed internationally in 9 consecutive 6-day trial, off road competitions. A world-renowned event. Earning two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.
Dave was one of the first Toyota Automobile dealers in the Midwest opening up a dealership at 5625 Gravois, St Louis, Mo in September, 1966.
Dave was a part of the Budweiser Rocket Car team land speed record competition in 1979, helping his friend, Stan Barrett, who was the driver.
Dave Mungenast opened the 17th Acura dealership the luxury car division of Honda motor company in the US in April of 1986 in West St. Louis County.
Dave’s St. Louis Honda dealership was franchised by Honda Motor company to sell Honda Automobiles in April of 1964 at 5939 S. Lindbergh.
Dave established Doe Run Cycle Park in St. François County Mo. 1700 acres, a motorcycle playland from 1970-1980.
Dave was nominated to the board of the Boys’ Club of St. Louis in 1987 and served for the remainder of his life.
Inducted into the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame in January 2000.
Dave was chairman of the AIDA the National Trade organization of International Nameplate US Auto Dealers.
Dave was a member of the AIDA dealer delegation that travelled to Japan with the State Department to negotiate Automotive Trade issues with Japan.
Dave was a member of the US Army Special Forces 1954-1957 He was picked for the 8th Army Honor Guard.
Dave was one of the premier dealers awarded a Lexus car franchise in 1989.
Full-service auto body shop, Mungenast Collision Center, was added to the automotive companies servicing the public in 1998.
Dave Mungenast was the “Time Quality Dealer” by Time Magazine in 1991.
Dave Mungenast was at the leading edge of the import motorcycle entry into the US market being the manager of Bob Schultz Imported Motorcycles in St. Louis, 1961-1965.
Dave was part of the first group of 11 US motorcyclists allowed to ride the public roads in China around Beijing.
Mungenast Classic Automobile and Motorcycle Museum was established in 2000 at 5625 Gravois, St. Louis, MO. The site of Dave’s first Toyota dealership.
Winner of a gold medal at the Berkshire International Trial, an off prestigious off-road motorcycle race.
Named an “Automobile Dealer of Distinction” by Sports Illustrated in 1988.