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.