Belated Greetings from Northeast Illinois...

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  1. Derecho

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    I know I'm kind of "tardy" in announcing it (signed up way back in December), but I'd just like to say how proud I am to be a member of the forum. Seems like you all are a great group of people to learn from and share info with! I've also kind of picked up on the fact that there might even be a few folks in here that might be in or around my age range (I'm 61 years young) - so that makes me feel even more at home.

    My wife and I are from Kankakee, IL and we have a 2016 Challenger SXT Plus that we custom ordered at the end of April last year and took delivery of in early June 2016. It's been an amazing year with our Challenger and to tell the truth I am just as excited about it now as I was the day we picked it up. It's almost like reliving part of my youth! Even though it has the base 305hp 3.6 V-6 it still moves faster that any of my prior muscle cars thanks to that 8-speed automatic! It's got to be close to as quick as the '70 Charger R/T w/440 Magnum that I had when I graduated from high school. That says a LOT about automotive technology!! I've been involved with street machines since I was a teenager in high school back in 1974 and my first real car after graduation was a '70 Charger R/T w/440 Magnum and automatic. This new Challenger feels every bit as quick as that '70 Charger R/T did (which used to run mid- upper 14 second E.T.'s over at the old U.S. 30 drag strip). And the real suprise is that it also can realistically get 30 plus miles per gallon on highway trips. Best of both worlds if you ask me - plus ton's of interior room too - way comfortable for long cruises that's for sure.

    We originally purchased it to be my daily driver, but I guess I got cold feet once winter approached and I lucked into, and purchased, a low mileage '02 Camaro V-6 w/5-speed stick that I used as my winter (and now rainy days!) transportation. Anybody that really knows me understands that I always modify my rides to reflect "me" and what I wished the factory would have offered and I've just started adding my little touches to the car. I've always loved the weather, especially the severe weather we sometimes get in the summer, hence my forum name "Derecho" and my cars themed name "Twister". I even used to be certified as a storm spotter every spring at the College of Dupage classes they offer. Anyway, I remember the Plymouth Dusters from back in the day that had the Twister appearance packages, yet had tamed down powerplants to satisfy the insurance companies and their rising insurance premiums on muscle cars of that era in the early - mid '70s. I've chosen to go with that theme on my car and this past winter, with my car safely stored under cover in the garage, I got bored and designed a hood decal in CorelDraw for our Challenger which uses the old Twister logo combined with an evil looking cartoon twister wearing a Pentastar badge. I even mocked it up on a photograph of my Challenger to see how it would look first! This spring I got with the local wrap guy I know through my job and he was able to make me up a pair of full color die-cut decals. This is what I really love doing, making my cars "my cars"! These are just the first baby steps in a long journey with my "Twister". As money allows, I plan on doing much more to the car.

    Thanks again for accepting me into the forum and I hope to contribute whatever I can along the way!
     

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