Club Events: Fourth Annual SRT4 Showdown draws over 100 boosted compacts.
Over 100 SRT4 owners from around the country and Canada attended the Fourth Annual SRT4 Showdown at Old Town Theme Park in Kissimmee, Florida on November 4, 2012. This year's event was hosted by Chris Mimikos and his Orlando-based SRT4 team, StReeT1320.
The Showdown included a DJ, t-shirt giveaways, raffle prizes, vendors and trophies. Individuals were awarded for Best of Show, People's Choice, Best Engine Bay, and Best Exterior. Tom Edwards Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram was also in attendance, and displayed two new Dodge Darts in the showcase.
The idea for the SRT4 Showdown originated in 2009 after Tampa Bay SRT4 owner, Jason Padua, attended a Mopar® Show at Old Town. He organized smaller events in the past, but after seeing the huge turnout (100+ cars) of Chargers, Magnums, etc., Jason thought to himself, 'Why can't we do this for the SRT4 community?' After three successful years, Padua decided to pass the leadership torch to Mimikos and StReeT1320.
"I have very much enjoyed organizing the Showdown the past three years, but decided to play more of a supportive role going forward," said Pauda. "I couldn't have chosen a better leader than Chris (Mimikos). His passion for the SRT4 community is incredible. I look forward to working with Chris and his team in the future."
A new attendance record was set this year, with 105 SRT4s participating, breaking the 100 car mark for the first time. Last year's event had an estimated 95 SRT4s. StReeT1320 will again host next year's Showdown and plans to break another attendance record. Former SRT4 owners also came out to the event to hang out with old friends they hadn't seen in a while. The SRT4 community has a lot to look forward to next year.
StReeT1320 was created by Mimikos earlier this year, with his inspiration coming from his father, who at a younger age was very heavy into American sports cars. Mimikos's father Neal currently owns a Crossfire SRT6 and was also part of several car clubs, many of which his son was actively involved with.
"I've always been a strong car enthusiast/drag racer and one of my dreams was to create and run my very own car club," said Chris. "I currently own one of the fastest stock turbo SRT4s in the country with a personal best ET of 12.2-seconds at 112 mph."
StReeT1320 has a strong core of SRT® vehicle owners, who are focused on the passion for their SRT vehicles and their community. The name StReeT1320 represents SRT street cars that also drag race. For those that don't know, 1320 is the number of feet in a quarter-mile pass.Special to driveSRT.com by Chris Mimikos