Route Recap: SRT Tour week one.
"I wasn't sure what to expect," said Sean Yoder. "But if we keep meeting people like we've met thus far, this will be an incredible adventure." Sean's comment came after we spent the first weekend at the All-Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It's arguably one of the most important Chrysler-specific shows in the country and this year did not disappoint.
While the team debuted the cars on the 2012 edition of the SRT Tour, tour veteran John "Hammer" Palazzolo worked the stage with SPEED TV's Steve Magnante; they spent three days highlighting special cars, hand-picked at the show.
From there, the team drove to Pennsauken, New Jersey, for a Monday Tweetup at Weber's Drive-In: cheesesteaks, burgers and fries were all served old-school - hanging off our windows - by Susan and Caitlin, the purveyors of root beer!
On Tuesday, the New Jersey visit continued when we swung past Old Bridge Township Raceway Parkor, as Rachel says, "If you're a drag racer, you simply call it 'Englishtown!'" Kim and the staff there are always amazing hosts when we do the SRT Track Experience at the track, and they were no different for us this time around, posing for photos and letting us roll up to the starting line of the world famous drag strip.
After that stop, we made our way to a cruise-in nearby in Woodbridge Township where we were totally surprised by the quality of cars at the show in the middle of the week! We want to give a big thanks to Steve from Kroozin Productions for the hospitality and for letting us give away the SRT trophy for Best Mopar.
"The biggest surprise of the week was when we opened the SRT Tour trailer door that night," said Jen. "Apparently, the safety wiggled loose on the fire extinguisher and as the trailer bounced down the road, it blew open, sending extra fine firefighting powder all over the place." Yeah, it was a mess, but we got it cleaned up and all is well.
On Wednesday we got the inside scoop on the SRTs Harmon Kardon sound systems with a visit to the Harmon Kardon World Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. Chris Dragon is their man with the knowledge and he put our 19 speaker, 900-watt systems to the test!
On Thursday, a twisty drive up the coastline got us to West Haven, Connecticut, where we met up with Joe and the staff of New England Collision. They've been prepping for our arrival: signs, food on the grille and a couple dozen classic cars helped to round out a beautiful evening under the stars with great car guys. For a smaller cruise night, the caliber of cars there was incredible.
Friday was a travel day as we made our way into Pennsylvania, setting up for Saturday's National Auto Sport Association (NASA) track day at the Tricky Triangle, Pocono Raceway. Carmine, Joe and the entire crew from NASA treated us like rock stars and gave Jen and Rachel some high-speed rides around the famous track.
We wrapped the week with a visit to the Simeone Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The historic city made for the perfect backdrop as this museum pays tribute to the most important racing and sports cars in history. On top of that, we helped them celebrate their exhibition of American Muscle, which included some of the most desirable Chrysler products of all time, including a Superbird and an AAR 'Cuda.
Up next, the team fills our tanks and heads back west through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. Remember to follow our up-to-the-minute experiences on Twitter and Instagram at @SRTtour.