Route Recap: SRT® Tour week 10

We're in the homestretch of the SRT Tour; just two weeks are left on the schedule.
Posted on Sep 27, 2012

We're in the homestretch of the SRT® Tour; just two weeks are left on the schedule.

This update begins in Birmingham, Alabama, and a visit with the Alabama Sports Car Club of America. "The SCCA autocross scene is where Hammer and I cut our teeth in motorsports," says Sean. We found plenty of action at this event, including a Neon ACR and a father and son team racing their Crossfire SRT6.

Just up the road in Leeds, Alabama, is Barber Motorsports Park, an incredible racetrack that hosts IndyCar, Grand-Am and AMA Superbike races. It was a wet day, so we moved inside and got the scoop on the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Jen said, "The collection includes more than 1,300 motorcycles and hundreds of sports and racing cars. They have their own restoration shop and a wall covered in autographs from racers and celebrity car guys."

The gang from Middle Georgia Mopars brought out a collection of modern and classic cars and club member Patrick Sondron (foolishly?) allowed the team to drive his '70 Challenger. Rachel said, "They say there's no replacement for displacement and Patrick's Challenger has a 440 under the hood."

Ever see the movie Days of Thunder? Of course you have. And the barn that "Harry" built "Cole's" racecar in is still standing in Mooresville, North Carolina, just outside Charlotte. We swung by to check it out on the way to the Memory Lane Museum. The Beam family owns the museum that includes hundreds of classics, racecars, karts and memorabilia…including movie cars and even one of Richard Petty's famous No. 43 NASCAR Dodge Chargers.

Later that night, we highlighted the Chrysler 300 SRT8 at the upscale Brickhouse Tavern; a favorite place to see and be seen. The sophistication and power of the 300 SRT8 fit perfectly alongside a parking lot full of European marques.

We wrapped our week at the Charlotte Motor Speedway: The Food Lion Auto Fair is one of the largest car shows in the country and while there were plenty of Mopars on hand, Hammer says, "One of the nicest compliments we got was from the owner of a Camaro SS: while he admits he'd be disowned from his family for owning anything other than what he has, he actually prefers the classic lines of our Challenger SRT8."

The final week of the SRT Tour is upon us; we'll travel from Charlotte to Charleston, South Carolina…then West Palm Beach, Florida, Orlando and back to Charlotte for the 12th Viper Owner Invitational. How many miles will we total? How many states have we visited? We'll recap it all soon.

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