I never thought that I would be where Iím at now with my car. A friend of mine proudly walked into work one day with a new Charger that he had just picked up. It was the first time that I got a good close-up look at the charger, and I was in love. After a month of searching I finally came across a great deal and couldnt refuse. I had the whole car planned out, or so I thought!
Along the journey, I run into a somewhat local club (Southern MD Mopars), which has been there for most of my build since. We end up cruising to the track together, and for the first time felt like a part of something we all enjoyed. We get to the track and I found that my Hemi wasnít as good as I thought. I told myself I canít have thisÖ The track is too addictive for me to be this slow compared to everyone else, I must go faster! Since then, out with the show, in with the performance! To start it off, I had a little 125shot of nitrous installed so that I could try to keep up with everyone else.
I end up giving in and instead of doing a head/cam combo, I go all out with a stroker. The thing just sounded nasty. It took me a while to want to comfortably do a WOT run, but when I did, I had a blast. Originally planned on doing a twin turbo setup but at the time they didnt have proper kits that I would of liked. I ran into Kenne Bell... At the time they just were released for LXs and Ive seen them on mustangs and they just screamed, I had to get one. By the time I finally got it on and good to go, I had to really grow some balls before I wanted to see what boost felt like. I ordered the 12psi pulley but they sent me an 8. Which was a good thing so I can get a feel of the car till the new pulley came in. I ran into alot of tuning issues which quite a few people couldnt fix but I ran into another great guy who is one of my best friends now, Brian@Drag-OnTuning. We are always playing around with different tune combinations to see what we can squeeze out. When the car finally was running the way it should, man was the car flying!
Race season finally starts and Iím going from racing a stock RT to a stroked and blown beast. What perfect time to go to a track rental in Atco for practice! Knowing itís a 3 hour drive to get there, and there would be a good 6-7 hours of racing and the long trip back, I ask my father to see if he would be interested in watching me race and split the driving with me. He has never seen me race before and never knew why I spent so much money in parts for the car. So the day of the rental comes and we get up extra early. We packed up the night before with tools, fluids, and a cooler.
We get to the track and we unload the car. I check the fluids, change the wheels, fill out my tech card and get ready to go. I go into the day hoping to reach my goal of 11.5 or better. Not knowing how much throttle to get into to launch, I line up and roll into the throttle pretty hard and noticed how great the traction was. By now I was used to rolling into my start then letting off a little incase I donít have traction then get into it all the way. My tires hooked hard and from past experience I let off the throttle and rolled back into it. When the tires hooked, I went back into my seat hard and could of sworn the front of the car raised. I ended up running an 11.8. I knew if I would have nailed it without letting off the throttle I would have done a lot better. I line up for a hot lap wanting to see what I will put down next! I hit and 11.3 then a 10.8. I was shocked and really didn't expect to be close to the 10s. After about 5-6 10.8 runs, I get a loud clank when I launch and the car doesn't want to run anymore. I get help pushing the car off the track. My stock drive shaft was demolished. Luckily there were nice people at the track to help us get to a U-Haul to trailer the car home.
After spending most of the rest of the season rebuilding and testing new parts, I come back strong and raise the bar again running in the low 10s. While my main goal with the car was accomplished having a 10 seconds car, being this close to the 9s made me want to adjust the goal. I was too close to 9s to stop now! So after another year of trying to get a new setup to hook, I kept getting stuck at 10.0xs... They just couldnt cut me a break and give me a 9.x... So after a few more adjustments, i kick the 9sec door down and run a 9.75 and back it with a 9.65. I was in shock!
Outside of the car itself, the journey has been amazing. I've met so many people that were knowledgeable and friendly enough to help me get my car to where it is now. The greatest things to look forward to are the shootouts where everyone gathers at 1 place and race all day, and hang out in the hotel parking lots at night till 1-2am! From meeting in the pits at the track, hanging out at meets and car shows, to chitchatting on the forums and chat rooms, it's been great. This is only the start!
Congrats bud. You give the rest of us 5.7-based guys hope, lol. Nice work!
10.29@132 Aluminum 468 in '05 Magnum R/T
Hemituner, Arrington, GTP, FTI, Paramount, Driveshaft Shop, LMI, and a few other goodies.
j/k congrats bud!!
I never realized that BBoy's car is an R/T, AND 5.7 based. Very cool.
Congrats on the win!
Congrats. Its even more impressive close up.
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Congrats well deserved
now wheres josh with my $50....
Congratulations! You do have a life beyond finding strange crap to post.