The Choice of 60-Year-Old Professors - 2009 Dodge Challenger Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger: The Choice of 60-Year-Old Professors

October 19, 2009

dodge challenger at annandale golf club

I ran into my old journalism professor this past weekend and inevitably got to chatting about cars. After decades of buying Buicks (he owned the last Riviera when I met him and owns the 1951 Buick Eight pictured), he finally gave up and bought a pair of his and her Priuses. Well, he no longer likes his. He was about to explain, but judging by intonation I already knew why he didn't like his Prius. It was the same reason I wouldn't like my Prius.

1951 Buick EightAny way, we chatted about the new LaCrosse and the upcoming Regal. He mentioned he always wanted a Jeep Wrangler, but then I explained that his bad back would disintegrate if he got one of those. Then I asked, "Hey Dr. J, do you know what a Dodge Challenger is? Yeah, want to see one?"

I took him out to see our Challenger, told him to press the ON button and letter fly. He loved it.

"Maybe this is what I should get. Doesn't an old muscle car seem perfect?"

When he told this to his wife, she laughed saying in a very wifely way that this car was more for young guys like me rather than 60-year-old professors. After a second of thought,I then laughed and said, "Actually, this is exactly the type of car for 60-year-old professors. Big, comfy, easy to drive, stonking fast and he can remember the original one."

She still wasn't sold, but I know he'll be liking his Prius even less now.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 12,457 miles

UPDATE: Since so many of you noticed and complained about my little Photoshop job/error above, please see new and improvedversion after the jump.

challenger at annandale golf club alterred


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