Thanks for the memories!
Great stories, all! Here are a few of mine.
Always liked the idea of cheap speed, and in 2003, the SRT-4 seemed to fit that description perfectly. I wanted silver, because yellow and red say "please pull me over", and black is too hot in Florida. In April 2003, I went online, and told all the nearby dealers I would buy from the one that gave me lowest bid. Several didn't answer, a few said they already sold out their few SRT-4's, and one... said he would sell to me for $18,975, about $1K below sticker. Drove there fast as I could without getting a ticket. :lol:
True to his word, the salesman sold it at that price. He also said one of the sales managers screamed at him because he should have made more on it. (At the time, dealers were marking them up $2K to $3K over sticker). Drove out feeling like I got a steal.
After a brief break-in, wanted to start drag racing it and modding it. Took it to the track a few times, and best time bone stock was 13.9. Wrote the Drag Racing Fundamentals sticky as my only claim to fame. Well, maybe one more. There was this one early incident...
Back then, we had a War Stories forum. I didn't realize it was moderated by a few LS1 nut-huggers who liked to make fun of the SRT-4. Someone posted that he roll raced a Camaro and beat it, and he thought it might have an LS1. The moderators and a few others started pounding him mercilessly, so I stepped in and said, "Hey! It's possible. A well-driven stock LS1 runs about 13.5 in the quarter mile, and a well-driven SRT-4 runs about 13.9, so a crummy driver in an LS1 vs. a good driver in an SRT-4 could make it a very even race.
Of course, they started pounding me mercilessly, and the OP slunk away. Worse (or better) yet, someone cross posted with ClubSi, and all their infamous War Stories trolls started pounding me, too. I was getting thoroughly trashed in two forums.
Thing is... I was a long time member of ClubSi under a different username, and they didn't know it. I wrote the ClubSi Drag Racing Fundamentals sticky, so I had at least some credibility there. I posted on the ClubSi War Stories forum, but they all kept saying what a complete idiot I was. A stock SRT-4 could never, ever, ever, ever, ever beat a stock LS1 powered car. Ever. Period.
I went drag racing the following week, and as luck or Providence would have it, the first car I ran against was a 2001 Firebird Formula. He ran 13.9 and I ran 14.2, but my reaction time was nearly 3 tenths better, so he only won by .05 seconds total. I talked to him a bit -- very nice guy. We decided to run again. Nearly identical result, only this time, I beat him by .04 seconds, again with a better hole shot.
I posted the slips on ClubSi and told the story. I didn't have video to prove it, but they apparently believed me. All the trolls on both forums shut up. :jester: