2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test


2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: The Fourth Annual Spring Festival of LXs

March 31, 2009

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Part of the fun of owning an enthusiast car like our 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T is taking it to events where you actually participate in the car world. And this weekend I did just that. I took our black R/T to the Fourth Annual Spring Festival of LX's in Irvine, California about 60 miles south of our Santa Monica office.

Fun event. More than 600Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers, Magnums and Challengers were displayed, including more that 100 Challengers, some modified, some stock. There were also vender displays byMoparand other companies that make up the aftermarket supply for these machines. Even a couple of Chrysler execs showed to unveil the Challenger Rallye Package, both Joe Dehner, the VP of Design and the LX Cheif Engineer Tony Elias flew in from Detroit for the event.

Basically it was an all daygathering of a couple thousand fanatics devotedto Chrysler Corps. latest rear wheel drive rides and I enjoyed being a part of it. But after looking at all those well modified Challengers I'm not so sure our stocker is as exciting as it once was.

More pictures from the show after the jump.

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Blue skies and long row of new Dodge Challengers. Nice day. Somehow we parked in a row of orange SRT8s. This photo really shows off the metallic in our black car's paint.

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I like the look of this silver SRT. It just has the right vibe. No blig. Looks fast.

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The show is supported by www.socallx.com

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More than one club came out in support of the event.

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Chrysler bought everybody lunch, but the line was a bit long.

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Sam Hubinette displayed his Moparsponsored Challengerdrift car which will compete in the Formula D series this year. Check out thoseinline skate wheels Sam has added to the cars rear corners. Might actually work.

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On the left is a 383 4-speed 1970 Challenger R/T that slipped in past security. On the right is the new ChallengerV6 with the Rallye Package.

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Even the fuzz loves the LX.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 2,927 miles

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