Owner Profile: Rich and Jenn Kautz
I was born into the Mopar family. My father and uncle both worked for Chrysler dealers early in their careers while another uncle retired from Chrysler as a zone technical manager. I really don’t remember my family owning anything but Mopars.
My wife Jenn, on the other hand, married into this Mopar obsession. Our family, at large, has owned at one time or another a Challenger T/A, a Roadrunner, a Coronet Super Bee, a Winged Daytona, a Hemi Belvedere, and a Fury III. Even to this day, our extended family continues to buy and support the Mopar brand.
From the very first concept I saw of the Dodge Viper, I was determined to own one. When we built our house, I insisted upon making sure there was a parking space specifically for a Viper. We later purchased a 2002 Viper GTS in October of 2005.
Jenn fell in love with the look of the Dodge Charger. I convinced her to wait for the Challenger, as I felt she would love it much more. So, she waited and waited and sure enough, I was right. We purchased a 2011 Challenger SRT8 in August of 2011.
First Mopar My first Mopar was a 1979 Volare Road Runner that my dad and I spend countless hours working on to get road worthy. Jenn’s first Mopar was a 1992 Plymouth Duster that she snagged used just after graduating from college.
SRT garage In total, we currently have a 2011 Challenger SRT8, a 2002 Viper GTS, a 2010 Dodge Avenger, a 1991 Plymouth Laser, and a 1992 Dodge Dakota in our garage.
Favorite stretch of road We love any two lane-twisting road, but always look forward to one of our favorites here in Pennsylvania – the gorgeous Route 30 through the Laurel Highlands.
Farthest traveled to meet a fellow car enthusiast Jenn and I love traveling to different parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania to join in on the regional Viper Club of America events. The farthest we've ever traveled, though, was when we went to Tator's Garage in southern New York to have the Viper serviced by the famous "Viper Wizard", Chuck Tator.
Racing or cruising I long for the days when I get to enjoy club track days at BeaveRun with the Viper. When I’m not racing, I often take the Viper out for cruise nights. For now, Jenn enjoys jumping in the driver’s seat and cruising the long roads.
Offline clubs Jenn and I are both avid members of the Ohio Chapter of the Viper Owners Club, where we hold tons annual events. Some of our highlights include a track day at BeaveRun, a charity ride with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, and a yearly holiday party in the spring with dinner and auction items.
We also recently joined the Pennsylvania region of the Challenger ForumZ. Not long ago, the club brought dozens of Challengers to a local park for their first annual picnic.