2011 Dodge Challenger Member of the Month - April Winner!

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  1. jkelly16

    jkelly16 The Bearded Wonder........ Administrator Moderator Forum Founder Site Supporter Level 4 MOTY Winner! MOTM Winner!

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    A big Congratulations goes out to TJGS, our April 2011 MOTM winner :head3: :w00t: :pepper: :ura1: :bananalama: :Banana01: :999: :woohoo:

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    I have always had a love for cars. When growing up it was the thing I couldn't wait for, I wanted to drive ! I would always do things for my Dad like washing and waxing his car in the hope that one day I would get to drive it. Eventually I would get to start it up and back it out of the garage to wash and wax it and then put it back in the garage. That was it but I lived for the moment.

    The modding bug came early to me too. My Dad had a 68 Sport Fury that I put yellow fog lamps in. (Replaced the high beams with yellow high beams) I also took the liberty of coloring his parking light lamps green. I thought it was cool but he was pulled over for it. He told me there would be no more changing anything, I would have to get my own car to do that. I could hardly wait.

    My Dad was a diehard MOPAR man. He had a string of Chrysler Newports that always had lean burn computer problems which overheated the catalic converter which in turn would burn a hole in the carpet. He always told me never to bite the hand that feeds you.

    My first car was a 6 cylinder 66 Ford Comet. I had just got my license and my parents would not let me have a V8. I poked holes in my pipe before the muffler to get the "sound." My Dad made me get a new exhaust system, because I might get carbon monoxide poisoning. I did spend a lot on the car but it was a looker and not a screamer.

    My second car was a 1970 383 Plymouth Satellite. I wanted a Roadrunner, I wanted a Superbird, but it was not to be thanks to the insurance companies. It was a great car and a lot of fun and I eventually sold it to my brother and bought a 1972 454 Corvette 4 speed. This car could burn rubber in all 4 gears. My dream car had arrived. I think I spent almost what the car cost in mods and accessories. Undefeated for years on the street racing circuit. Sold that car to my brother and he still has it ! He will not sell it back to me either.

    Fast forward to the present. I had mostly GM's and Ford's the rest of my life and just couldn't find something I really liked with rear wheel drive until I saw the Challenger prototype at the car show. I did not know how or when, but this was going to be my next car ! I soon retired from Chrysler with a nice bonus package to put $25,000 toward the purchase of any new vehicle. It was a no brainer, touch and go for awhile with time running out on my voucher but I finally landed my Challenger and the rest is history.

    I wanted to learn all I could about this baby because I like to do things myself and the car has electronics galore in it's systems. I visited many so called "Challenger Sites" but it seemed like someone had an axe to grind and there was a lot of fun being made at newbie’s. They just were not comfortable. Enter the "Z" The Z had a wealth of information, highly knowledgeable people from all walks of life and it was a "Family" atmosphere. I had found my new home ! You know who you all are, thanks for making the Z what it is and I value the friendships I have made as well as the opportunity to do my part in helping out as well. You are all members of the month in my book!
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    Tom aka TJGS



     
  2. Vanish

    Vanish Well-Known Member MOTM Winner!

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    Congrats Tom....... you indeed are a winner......Keep up the good work.
     
  3. Latenite1

    Latenite1 Challenger Old Guy... VIPSD Military

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    Congradulations

    Tom, Again KUDO's to you and your contributions here on the Z!

    Yes, the Z is the place to be when it comes to your Challenger and all the dead serious enthusiasts here!


    Now you have become an elite member of the team.
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  4. RonP

    RonP Member Military

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    Tom, Congrats on a well deserved selection. I still appreciate the stuff you sent me when I had to pull my door panels off.:smileup:
     
  5. gdrill

    gdrill SOAL Challenger

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    Congrats on your winning the MOTM. Sweeet ride too!!:smileup:
     
  6. 1BAD383

    1BAD383 Member Military

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    Congratulations on making member of the month.
     
  7. Drp6982

    Drp6982 Time to Spray Pff Pff Forum Founder MOTM Winner!

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    Congrats on the win Tom! Very deserving :smileup:
     
  8. trudyc

    trudyc Active Member

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    Way to go. I am glad you won. You have a great pasion for these cars. Enjoy the moment
     
  9. dodge man2

    dodge man2 Active Member

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    Cpngrats and thanks for the story.
     
  10. Hajo

    Hajo Methadone Clinic Refugee Site Supporter Level 4 Site Supporter Level 2

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    WTG TeeJayyyyyyyyyyy!
     
  11. jhsmith

    jhsmith Active Member MOTM Winner!

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    Congrats!!!

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  12. JBssssRT

    JBssssRT Active Member

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    congratz Tom,, great selection,,, have a great month
     
  13. Coyote

    Coyote Seeing red Moderator MOTM Winner!

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    Congratulations, Tom! Keep up the great work you do in helping to make this the best car forum out there!
     
  14. BACNBLK

    BACNBLK Active Member MOTM Winner!

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    Congrats Tom!!!!!
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    Well deserved buddy!!!!



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  15. RTcop

    RTcop Member Public Safety

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    Congrats! Nice ride!
     
  16. oilslick

    oilslick Politically correct. MOTM Winner! Public Safety

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    A big CONGRATS on the win Tom!!!! You really deserve it buddy!!!!!:smileup:
     
  17. petriTL

    petriTL Believe . . . . . . just believe! Moderator MOTM Winner! Heelz and Wheelz Public Safety

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    :smileup: Congratulations Tom, well deserved and long overdue, thanks for all you do for this forum!
     
  18. Cool SRT8

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    Congrats Tom and thanks for all your help!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    climberccm "Gin'iro Ryuujin" Site Supporter Level 5 MOTM Winner! Military

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    Congrats. Well deserved
     
  20. vin57

    vin57 More Than Just A Car MOTM Winner!

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    CONGRATS TOM!!! well deserved! Thanks Bud for ALL you do for the Z !!
     

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