Route Recap: SRT Tour week three.
A major lesson we learned on last year's SRT Tour was that being away from home for over three months is tough on everyone, so this time around we've snuck in a couple short breaks to replenish our batteries. This past week was our first break.
After over three weeks on the road, the four of us hopped on airplanes for a few days in our own beds. "Never underestimate the power of a couple days off," said Jen, who traveled the furthest; all the way to her Florida home.
As soon as we got back, we hit the road running as the SRT Tour made a stop at the Gilmore Car Museum outside Kalamazoo, Michigan, for "Mopars at the Red Barns." The Gilmore Museum was founded by the same family that sponsored AJ Foyt's Indy Car back in the day. The Gilmore Museum these days is a collection of smaller museums, each in a large red barn, spread across acres of perfectly manicured dark green grass.
It's one of the most beautiful venues at which to hold a car event…and at the same time, it's one of our hobby's best-kept secrets. "Mopars at the Red Barns" featured over 300 cars from all eras; antiques and classics to muscle cars, front-wheel drives and modern Mopars. We saw lots of old friends and made some new ones for sure. "One of the coolest opportunities was when we pulled up a Chrysler 300 from the '60s next to our brand-new 300 SRT8 for some photos," said Sean. The pictures have had a lot of folks talking on our Instagram page, just search @SRTTour and enjoy the views.
From there, the team headed back toward Metro Detroit for the "Concours of the Americas," a collection of some of the most incredible automobiles in the country. While SRT President and CEO -- SRT Brand and Motorsports Ralph Gilles was invited to be a judge, we lent a hand at the official Chrysler display that was right next to the judging stand.
"I can try to tell you how impressive the cars are, but you really must see the photos we took," said John "Hammer" Palazzolo. "This is a top-level event and we were blessed to be associated with it." The SRT Viper show car was on hand, plus a collection of concept cars penned by legendary designer Tom Gale who was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame this weekend.
This coming week is a big one as the new SRT Viper GTS-R makes its maiden voyage in the American Le Mans Series. The ALMS is racing in conjunction with the IndyCar series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and we'll be there to cheer on the team. According to Rachel, "Come by for a visit, check out our cars and get in the running for our big promotion: a chance to win $45,000 towards the purchase of a Chrysler Group vehicle." Come see us for official rules & details.