Ron Small wanted a plaything for his senior years.
The ex-Marine, retired after 22 years as a Maryland state trooper, settled on a new 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 with just 8 miles. Since then, he’s added a Vortex V-3 supercharger to beef up the engine.
Small, who moved to North Charleston in the past year, acknowledges the pepped-up car he’s owned for seven years represents power. “Whoo, Lord! All the G-forces! Yes, sir.”
He displayed the speedy vehicle at the annual Lowcountry Browsefest in Ladson. The modern day muscle car, he notes, doesn’t disappoint.
“I’m loving it; having a blast,” Small said.
Since relocating to the Charleston area, the former law enforcement officer has joined at least one of the local Mopar clubs – those dedicated to anything Chrysler including Dodge, Plymouth and Jeep. (Mopar, an organization within Chrysler LLC, gets its name from a melding of Motor and Parts).
Lowcountry Mopars, a veteran club, sponsored the Browsefest on Saturday. About 50 vehicles from old Plymouths to new millennium PT Cruisers attended the annual event, held in a grassy area alongside the Coastal Carolina Flea Market.
James and Melinda Tyndell of Summerville parked their yellow-jacket colored 2004 Dodge Rumble Bee at the show. Dodge only manufactured the truck two years, he said.
Tyndell admits to enjoying everything about the vehicle. “It’s a Dodge, man. I think you’ve got the best riding truck there is.”
Melinda Tyndell gets excited over the pickup’s engine growl. The Rumble Bee, she said, would be an award winner “if we could go by sound.”
Even though many vehicles were Chrysler-built, the show included cars and trucks from various carmakers and at least one Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Paul and Kathe Crooks brought two vehicles from Georgetown. Both the 1946 Chevrolet truck and 1966 Ford Falcon wagon belong to Kathe Crooks.
With the “junker” body, the rat rod gives the impression of being in bad shape but it’s actually fixed up except for the frame’s appearance.
“Everybody asks, ‘When are you going to paint it?’” she said.
For more information on Lowcountry Mopars, visit its website at scmopar.atspace.com.
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