Owner Profile: Doug Mangi, Baltimore Maryland

I’m an enthusiastic SRT owner. I scrimped and saved to be able to buy my Jeep SRT. I’ve only ever owned lifted Jeeps.
Posted on May 23, 2012

I'm an enthusiastic SRT owner. I scrimped and saved to be able to buy my Jeep SRT. I've only ever owned lifted Jeeps. The first time I saw the Jeep SRT, I realized just how mean and amazing a "street" Jeep can look. I travel all over the country teaching electronic medical records. No matter how long my week has been, the idea of coming home and driving my Jeep from the airport always makes me smile. No matter how busy I am, I'm always willing to stop and talk to someone who pulls up next to me and asks "Hey man, what is that?"

First Mopar - 1994 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Laredo. (Technically a Laredo) I off-roaded it. It had big, gnarly swamper tires, steel bumpers and LOTS of body damage. I have only ever owned Jeeps.

In the garage - 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 in Modern Blue

Favorite stretch of road - I-70 between Baltimore and Morgantown WV. Nothing but wide open hills and long stretches of nothing. The Jeep has stretched her legs there many times.

Farthest you've driven to meet with a fellow car enthusiast - I've driven from Baltimore all the way to Maine. The farthest I've driven to meet a friend was from Baltimore to Rhode Island (6.5 hours) to see my friends Paulo and Chad.

Racing or cruising - Both. The Jeep does a 12.65 at 109MPH. I usually race at Cecil County Dragway in Maryland.

Hardcore proof of SRT dedication - Ever since the Jeep (SRT) was released in 2006, I have dreamt of owning one. I bided my time until 2011 when I was finally able to buy my Jeep. I am constantly telling people how cool the SRT brand is, what it's about, and why it's better than the competition. People see my SRT logo clothing, phone background, or my Jeep and ask "What's SRT?" and I spread the word. I can honestly say, I drive my dream car. Plus, my car has been signed by Ralph Gilles.

SRT networking - Mainly I hang out at Jeepgarage.org and Thetwistedunderground.com. I also cruise the tech forums at CherokeeSRT8.com

When I'm home, I hang out at The Dark Side in Cockeysville, MD. It is a tint and stereo shop with a huge soft spot for SRT vehicles. There are more SRT Jeeps in the tri-state area that have TDS tint on them than anyone else's. We have been planning the second annual SRT Barbecue. This year it will be held on August 5th 2012. Take a look at their page on Facebook for details.

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