peak mopar

May 15, 2020 /// issue no. 130

I have never been much of a Dodge fan. I spent the first five years of my life being carted around in a Colt and have distinct memories of somehow being locked in from the inside. My next run Mopar experience was as a delivery driver in a huge Dodge van. It was an underpowered boat that once stalled out on me half way to my destination. My boss’ family Dodge Caravan came to rescue me and we loaded it up with cargo as I finished off the days work.

What followed me after was years of terrible rental experiences. I once wrote a 3,000 word essay on my hatred for the 2008 Avenger. I couldn’t fathom how this car company still existed. Then something changed.

Dodge Power Dollars. $10 off for every horsepower. That means $7,070 off of a Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. My memories of mom’s old Colt started to be replaced with YouTube videos of HEMI-powered burnouts. Anyone who puts a 700+hp motor in a family sedan should be a saint in my book.

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This week Dodge officially earned my respect. I had somehow missed that last year they had convinced Randy Effing Pobst to pilot a Wesley Motorsports built Hellcat Charger up Pikes Peak. Wesley Motorsports was also sending a 4,500lb Challenger up the hill and the crew from Gears and Gasoline was there to capture Pikes Peak week.

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I hate giving out spoilers, but it certainly is a treat to watch a wheelman like Randy Pobst drive a monster of a big sedan with a fire-breathing V8 up one of the most treacherous hillclimb courses in the world. God Bless America!

Coffee time,
Steven


daily automotive addiction.