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An Even Trade: A Hellcat to Take His Dad Back to the Drag Strip

I actually bought this for my dad. It’s a 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. It has 707 horsepower, 650 pounds of torque. It's fun, but it can be dangerous. It’s just very, very quick. I grew up watching my parents race at the drag strip. They used to race at Terminal Island, which is no longer there. I was looking for a new car decided that I could drive it for a couple of years and hand the keys over to my dad for him to keep.

You wouldn't think that my parents were into muscle cars, because they both have SUVs right now. They haven't had performance cars since I was really young. My dad sold his Corvette to go back to school and take care of his family. He eventually got a degree in HVC tech and then he worked his way up to chief engineer. Now he's a director of engineering at a large corporation. That's what made it such an easy decision to buy this car. It's a lot of money to just give away, but when you think about all the money your parents pay to take care of you as you're growing up… it's an even trade.

I was inspired to do this one day after my dad came back from vacation. He drove a 392 while he was on the trip and that's all he would talk about when he got back. For weeks, I’d hear about it: how nice it was to drive, how it sounded, the feeling that it gave him behind the wheel… it put him back in that place of being on the strip. I’d had my Subaru for about ten years, so I sold it and bought this one. Don’t get me wrong, I want to play around with this car for a bit myself. It’s a lot of fun, but once I've had my fill of it I’ll happily turn over the keys. I hope that he will talk about it the same way.

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