MOPAR Top Eliminator, Carlisle 2016
It is with great pleasure that the Challenger ForumZ announces our August 2011 MOTM winner
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August was my two-year anniversary month as a member of Challenger Forum Z and winning the Member of the Month on this particular month is a momentous one for me. I joined up a week before I took delivery of my factory ordered 2009 Challenger R/T on 15 August. It was a rough time back in 2009 for those wanting to buy a new Challenger. With the bankruptcy of Chrysler and the shutdown of all its factories there was a real chance that my car would not get built. Even if my car did get built and delivered then how long would Chrysler last before it tottered and crashed for good? I was running a big risk in sticking with Chrysler. But decision made, I ordered my car in February and hoped that it would get built in time before Chrysler went terminal. That didn't happen (getting built that is) and I waited with uncertainty that Chrysler would find a buyer and production could resume. I imagined my car sitting nearly completed for months on the final assembly line at the Brampton plant. So after waiting five and a half months my car finally rolled off the line on the 3rd of August and was then shipped to my dealership in Springfield, Virginia. I joined the "Z" at the point when I was informed by my dealer that my Challenger was built.
The new Dodge Challenger is of course an awesome car. That’s why we all bought one. It may not be as quick as a new Mustang or Camaro, but the Challenger has a presence that excites the imagination and makes it the ultimate heir of the musclecar golden era. Important to say this is the only car that I’ve owned where it is a thrill to take out on the road, or just stare at it in the driveway. Only my old 1979 Trans Am gave me as much thrill much like it might have done to its original owner who in the late ‘70s thought that his Trans Am was the last true musclecar survivor closing out the end of an era.
Well, I initially joined the "Z" in order to glean some information for some mods I was planning to install and then maybe just fade away. That didn’t happen because not only was there so much useful stuff here but the people who are members of the Z are such a great and caring crowd. Having visited other car sites (yes, I was a “lurker”) I have seen the rudeness and pettiness that went on that one could think one was visiting a political blog site. I have to say so folks, and in truth you all know this, those kinds of attitudes aren’t here. My heartfelt appreciation goes out to the great administrators and moderators that keep the “peace” and keep the “Z” running smoothly day to day.
Mod wise, I am, and have been, experiencing exhaust opinion overload and I am at the point where I will just make my own decision and roll the dice. CRF8 on an exhaust thread summed it up nicely when faced with all of the members’ opinions, “I have read and read until I can read no more.”! I cannot fault the “Z” but rather confirm why I’m happy to be a member. Members seem to come out of the woodwork to offer their honest opinions along with personal experience.
My posting has increased since I’ve deployed. My work hours over here are long and irregular to say the least but as a staff officer I’m am working in an office environment where I have constant use of my workstation computer. So I am able to shoot out a post at anytime of the day or night. Being over here has been a killer because I read about everyone moddin’ and driving their Challengers on road trips or to events and I can’t do that. Now, I do see the big picture that I’m over here in Afghanistan to do my duty and so I shouldn’t complain. I am here for a year but I will redeploy in January so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Then it will be constant days behind the wheel of my “Lazy-Eyed Beast” TorRed Challenger. Thanks for all of your support!
Tim (Scat Pack)
Footnote: Being deployed means I have limited photos of myself to post here. The photo that I do have of me is at the Tiki Bar and Cigar Club at Camp Phoenix, Kabul at midday. At night this place is bustling with cigar aficionados in a genuine man-cave atmosphere. No liquor here due to the Armed Forces strict no-alcohol policy; only the finest assortment of cigars in the Eastern Hemisphere thanks to the many generous donations of cigars by cigar clubs and drinking establishments in the States.