In 1964 Dodge built a concept roadster called the Charger based on the Dodge Polara, the first production car to carry the Charger name was the 1966 personal luxury Coupé of which four generations appeared up until 1977 when the model was dropped.
A fith genration sub compact hatchback coupé Charger with front wheel drive was built from 1982 to 1987 after which the model disappeared until a four door rear wheel drive Charger like today’s featured vehicle appeared in 2006 to replace the full size Dodge Intrepid.
The sixth generation Charger, also known as Charger LX, shares it’s LX platform with the Chrysler 300, discontinued third generation, ’04 – ’08, Magnum and the personal luxury third generation Challenger coupé which reappeared after a 25 year break in 2008.
The design credited to Ralph Gilles and Freeman Thomas was originally made available with two V6 and two V8 Hemi motor options ranging from 190 to 425 hp and from All wheel drive was also put on the options list.
Law Enforcement versions of the Charger were also made available with V6 and V8 Hemi motors. In Michigan State Police tests the police package 250 hp V6 was found to be equal in performance to the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor while the Hemi V8 kicking out over 340 hp, like the Mobile County Sheriff’s example seen above at Talladega Superspeedway, was top of the interceptor performance class.
Car & Driver reported in August 2006 that NYPD were to test 10 of the police package Chargers, suggesting they had a 150 mph capability.
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In April 2009 I had the good fortune to win a pair of tickets to the Aarons 499 run at Talladega Superspeedway a mere 12,000 mile round trip from Bristol, UK, but a race fan has to do what a race fan has to do, after all everything else is just waiting and I had been waiting 20 years since my last visit to a touring car race at Brands Hatch !
My tickets came courtesy of the much missed Rowdy.com where I had made many friends who helped me out with details like a tent in which to stay, a pair of headphones to listen into the pit crew radio and all important lifts from Atlanta to the track a couple of hours to the East. Rowdy friend Sweetdreams picked my up in her Durango and with in half an hour it was raining cats ‘n’ dogs and getting dark.
After stopping at a Wallmart the size of a small English village somewhere outside Birmingham, AL we got into the campsite and followed a long route round to a spot where, if I remember correctly, there was no camping charge. As Sweetdreams headlights swept through the campsite I thought I espied what looked like a #88 Mountain Dew MG B which for some reason took away any anxieties I had about the trip.
A couple of day’s later I borrowed Sweetdreams partner John’s moped and retraced our steps into the campsite to get some digital verification of what I thought I had seen a couple of days before and indeed there it was a #88 Mountain Dew MG B complete with Car of Tomorrow splitter and spoiler called Double Trouble. After making enquiries about the car I met the owner and was invited to some Alabama hospitality in the form of a beer and a chat during which we had a good laugh about the fact I had traveled quarter way round the globe to see an MG built less than an hours drive away from where I lived.
My thanks to Sweetdreams and John Spartan who did so much to make me feel at home on the wrong side of the Daryl Waltrip Way fence.
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Last, but one, in this series of road vehicles painted in racing colours is today’s tenth generation Ford Thunderbird painted up to look like the #17 DeWalt Fords driven by Matt Kenseth from 2000 to 2011.
Ironically the Thunderbird had been phased out of NASCAR competition by the time Matt joined NASCARS’s top tier circuit in favour of the Ford Taurus. This photo was taken in the car park at Talladega Superspeedway in April 2009.
This blog is dedicated to Sweet Seventeen, who kindly lent me her headphones so that I could follow the Aarrons 499, and her partner Chris who is currently recovering from major kidney surgery. Hang on in there and get well soon Chris.
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