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    This Airplane Pilot Showed his Dodge Viper Tattoo to Ralph Gilles

    Ralph Gilles, is one of the most social media-savvy executives in the automotive industry and the styling specialist's latest Instagram tale brings us back to the days when he was the head of the SRT brand.
    As you can imagine, Ralph's job means he spends quite a lot of time in the air and, given his online charisma, the episodes that sees him being recognized are not few.

    The latest tale of the sort saw the designer being approached by an airplane pilot who seems to be a huge fan of the Viper.

    In fact, the notion of "huge fan" doesn't seem to cover the man's passion for the Dodge supercar - that's the conclusion you come to when the guy's left shoulder is covered in a generous tattoo that accomodates the logos of all three Viper generations we've met so far - die-hard Viper aficionados will tell you that there are actually five generations, since they also count the revised incarnations of the first and second comings of the supercar.

    Since some of you might be in a hurry, we'll mention a few other aspects from the comments section of Ralph's Instagram post, which you can find at the bottom of the page.

    First of all, Chris Poole, the V10-loving pilot that started this story, has a private Instagram account.

    Secondly, one of the most internet-famous names that commented on the photo is Samuel Hubinette. You know, the racing driver who commissioned a Lamborghini Huracan drift car and, together with his wife, put the thing through its sideways paces in the parking lot of a Lamborghini dealership.

    With the Dodge Viper production ending this year, here's to hoping the rumors about a next-generation model using a modular platform end up giving this pilot a reason to update his tattoo.



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    Gotta appreciate a guy who also understands low level flying and the appropriate craft to handle that mission!!
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    Hey! That's me! How I never saw this thread before I don't know. Another cool thing is I finally got my first Viper a few weeks ago. So unreal haha

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    Congrats - I know how you feel!! Still!!!

    Don't forget to "join". The AZ group flies high and with barrel rolls
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firewater View Post
    Hey! That's me! How I never saw this thread before I don't know. Another cool thing is I finally got my first Viper a few weeks ago. So unreal haha
    Welcome, Firewater and congrats. Join us on the next cruise or meet. Great group in AZ.

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    Wow - Great to hear you've finally got YOUR snake!! Awesome!

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    Thanks guys! Looking forward to getting together for some events
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    too cool, Firewater.. great story!

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    ralph is the man !
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    Hey Firewater,

    Retired fighter pilot with an ACR in Queen Creek here. With a name like "Firewater" I thought maybe we could get together for a beer..... PM sent.

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