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    Share some Standout moments in your Cars

    In these times of Lockdown I thought it might be fun to remember back on some of your best stand out moments you have had in your Vipers.

    I have so many great times in my car its hard to pick just one, but this was one of the Great moments when I was asked to join a few Super and Hypercars for a fun day out back in 2009
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    Standout moment for me was the day I went to see my brand new GTSR at the dealer when it arrived with my 5 year old daughter she still talks about that time to this day priceless

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACRSNK View Post
    Standout moment for me was the day I went to see my brand new GTSR at the dealer when it arrived with my 5 year old daughter she still talks about that time to this day priceless
    Did you take any pictures? If so please share

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    For me, it would have to be the purchase of our first Viper. Never test drove it. I was in Nashville on business, and drove down to Franklin to look at it. Called my wife as soon as I saw it and said I'm giving them a deposit.

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    Two that immediately come to mind:

    1) My wife reminding me to breathe when we were on our way to Roanoke to order our Gen V

    2) The epic trip to Detroit for the 25th Anniversary Viper event @ Conner Ave
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    My stand out moment was coming home from Christmas visiting family and seeing a 2016 Viper with 54 miles in Grand Island, NE had dropped $30,000. My wife and I made all the arrangements to purchase the beast over the phone and rented a car for a one way rental from Chattanooga, TN. The trip was 1,000 miles one way and we had a blast breaking in the new beast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outnumbered View Post
    For me, it would have to be the purchase of our first Viper. Never test drove it. I was in Nashville on business, and drove down to Franklin to look at it. Called my wife as soon as I saw it and said I'm giving them a deposit.

    Love it

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    I have a bad habit of buying cars when I'm bored... so here goes:

    In 2006, I had been married for just under a year and was stuck inside on a gloomy winter day looking on the internet for something interesting to own when I came across a 1998 Viper GTS in Silver. The guy who owned the car was a physician in Dayton, Ohio who was the 2nd owner of the car and it appeared he had not driven the car much at all, but either he or the original owner had made some proper modifications to make the car more fun including Bellanger headers and a full Borla cat back system. It looked and sounded awesome. So after a little haggling, we came to an agreement on price and I bought a one way ticket to get the car. A week later, he told me he was going to sell it to someone else because he wasn't comfortable with my method of payment even though it was a cashiers check from a bank and apparently some guy was going to give him cash. I pleaded with the guy and reminded him I'll be out of my plane ticket and we had an agreement so he finally relented and let a friend of his who owned a car dealership sell the car on his behalf to me. When I got to Dayton, I took a cab from the airport to this dealership and as we drove up the GTS was sitting outside gleaming in the morning sunshine. The weather had worked out perfectly for January as it was sunny and a little warmer that day than usual with no recent snowfall. The dealer introduced himself and proceeded to show me the car. We fired it up and it was a sound that still puts a smile on my face even today. He didn't know much about Vipers and when I got into the cockpit I noticed the pedals were extremely close to me and I could not figure out how I was going to be able to drive this thing as I'm 6'3" (which gave me that uh-oh moment) until I found the knob under the dash which moved the pedals back towards the fire wall. Whew! Now I'm relieved and we went for a quick test drive. Everything checked out and I paid the man, checked my map I brought (no GPS on your phone back then... or at least mine didn't have it) and plotted my route back to Charlotte, NC. I found a great 2 lane highway which wound through the countryside with great scenery as I got acquainted with my new beast. After a while, I had made it down through Ohio and into West Virginia to Charleston where I stopped for gas and called my wife to tell her about my experience in the car thus far. She could tell I was over the top! Having 5 more hours to go, I picked up 64 to 77 down to Charlotte and finally arrived home 13 hours after I left that morning. As I rolled into the neighborhood, my neighbors were out walking with their families or walking their dogs and as that Viper came rumbling around the corner their mouths dropped wide open when they saw it was me. One of those priceless moments. A few months later, as my wife was 8 months pregnant with our first daughter, we took the GTS up to the NC mountains and hit some of the great roads I used to ride on my sport bikes. We stopped for a photo opportunity on the Blue Ridge Parkway:
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    To this day, my wife says my daughter's love of sports cars and going fast is due to that drive we took as I carved through the twisty mountain roads and our unborn child felt the force of lateral G for the first time. Needless to say I wasn't being stupid and going crazy fast, but it was definitely a spirited drive and one to remember! We will be taking the '16 GTC up to that same spot in the not too distant future and recreating these photos soon, but no pregnancy this time!
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    Great stories, please keep them coming

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    My car story

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    Great stories, please keep them coming
    Not sure how to do this . Go on you tube and type in My Car Story ACR Voodoo with Lou Costabile . I wish I knew how to post this on the Viper forum.

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    Here you go Vince...and, GREAT POST, Bro !!

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    Give this a try:

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    Even better...thanks, Steve !!
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    Since we're on the topic, I'll share the moment that stands out most in my head: the day I bought my Viper.

    It was nearing the end of 2011. Six months prior, I had separated from active duty military. Five months after leaving the military, I was diagnosed with cancer. My wife and I had been married for a little over 3 years, and neither of us saw this coming - no family history, no prior health problems whatsoever. Thankfully, I caught the cancer early, so all that was needed was surgery. During the healing process, my wife and I started taking a good hard look at our priorities...I think we both realized that everything can change in an instant, and we may never get a chance to realize our dreams.

    My first car was a black 2002 Camaro SS - man I loved that car:



    I spent a lot of time and money modifying it (like, A LOT). It took a life altering event, but I was finally willing to admit that no matter how much time and money I spent on it, it would never be the car I wanted it to be. The LS1 engine was amazing, but it was sitting on a platform that hadn't really been modified since 1993. I spent more time wrenching on it than driving it, and I no longer enjoyed fixing all of the little issues that kept popping up.

    I started poking around online, mostly looking at newer used Corvettes. There were certainly a lot of decent looking options out there, but for whatever reason, I also started looking at Vipers. Aside from the '96 blue/white GTS Indy pace cars I drooled over growing up, and a 2008 I sat in at the Detroit auto show many years prior, I knew nothing about them. Most of the ones I saw were well out of my price range, but a nice looking '08 popped up at a Chevy dealer in Oklahoma that had fairly low miles (~9,500) at a decent price.

    I called the dealership and asked if they still had it. They did, but I wasn't sure what to do other than ask if anyone else had put in an offer; no one had. I called my wife at work, and we decided to go out to lunch to talk it over. We weren't sure what was going to happen, but we decided that if it was meant to be, everything would fall in place. My wife called the bank to work on securing a loan, and I called the dealership asking what it would take for them to hold the car for me. The salesman talked to his manager, and said that they would hold the car in my name as long as I proved that I had a plane ticket. I bought two one-way tickets to Oklahoma, and my wife and I got on a plane the night of December 30th headed to Oklahoma. We didn't tell anyone what we were up to.

    We woke up that morning in our hotel room, but we still didn't really know how the day would turn out. I was prepared to walk away if it was a lemon, but our only backup plan was to drive a rental car back to Ohio since we didn't have plane tickets back. We arrived at the dealership, and the car was sitting out on the lot right next to all of the other used POS's they were trying to sell. I was a little surprised it wasn't inside, but didn't worry too much about it. I looked the car over, and the salesman grabbed the keys so I could take it on a test drive. That was the first time I had ever driven a Viper. It was a tight fit, but I fell in love with it. As it turns out, the guy that owned it had bought it from a dealer in Las Vegas in 2009 (it was an early '08 build, so it must have sat around for a while), drove it for a couple of years, and then decided to sell it along with another car in his collection through the dealership. The car drove well, and it still had a few months left on its factory warranty. The dealership wasn't in the mood to haggle over the price - they basically said "either take it, or we're selling it to another dealership in Texas today." They wanted it off their lot ASAP. We grabbed some lunch while they drew up the paperwork, and finished everything up about an hour later. My wife snapped this pic right before we left the dealership:



    We still had to take the rental car back to the airport, but before we did that, I made my wife drive it around an empty parking lot to get used to it since she was going to have to help me drive it home. Thankfully, she had been driving a manual for about 10 years, so aside from the massive boost in power over her little Celica, she had no problems with it. We took the rental car back to the airport, and started driving back toward Dayton right away. The weather that day was perfect - it was nearly 70 degrees, but a cold front with snow was coming through within the next 24 hours, so we knew we had to get home pretty quickly. We ended up grabbing dinner after a few hours of driving, when we took this pic:



    We drove through the night, ringing in the new year somewhere in Illinois. We made it back to Dayton around 5AM, grabbed her car from the airport parking lot, and headed home to tuck it away in the garage:



    It was a great way to get to know the car, and a trip we'll never forget. We'd never done anything like that before, and haven't done anything like it since.
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    Great Stories.

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    We got the car back a few days ago and the kids and I decided to give her a nice wash and wax.
    She's running great now, much cooler with the new hoses and thermo installed.

    Need to change out my reverse light switch, been holding it off for years.

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    Ok, I will throw this one into the Ring, Sprint demonstrations on a closed road course on the South coast of England, my car was parked in the Paddock with genuine Le mans and Historic F1 Race cars. The whole 3 day weekend fri, sat, Sunday was free, Including meals and Hotel accommodation!



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    Geez, my 'great moments' in Vipering would fill a book..... but here is a clear and early favorite:

    VOI-1, 1994, Detroit. My 1993 was arriving via a Roush Racing hauler, also carrying an Oregon-based Nascar to Roush MI, then enroute to Inaugural Brickyard 400. My car was a stow-away almost free-loader, friend-of trucker Rod Poole. I had parked it in the hauler myself, in Portland about 10 days before.

    My car was half-day late due to trucker legality, and he had to belatedly drop my car at the Marriott Hotel, one of 2 HQ hotels. A Viper-escorted parade was beginning to assemble, as the ROUSH RACING Hauler pulled up beside the hotel.

    My 93 was on the top deck of the hauler, and the big-guy driver lifted the huge beavertail trailer up to become the "floor" behind my Viper, which was an unseen "Mystery" car, parked all the way inside, on top deck.

    My mods were simple: 12" glass-pack 'mufflers' big tips, lowering springs, track-alignment, 5-pt harnesses, polished wheels with 1989-red show-car wheel trim, and BFG R-1 marbled-up track tires (315s up front)

    Mind you: 99% of VOI-1 attendees were pristine and BONE STOCK. As I recall there were about 20-30 and later 75-80 owners hanging around waiting for the parade. The huge ROUSH RACING hauler drew em in like bees to honey!

    I clambered up the ladder after driver Rod staged the deck/floor up top. He and I quickly released the strapping and I climbed in and fired her up inside the hauler. VA-VA-VROOOM from the car hidden inside! "Viper Pete" Agalzoff and John Somoza, fellow club guys from Portland, were my spotters as Rod lowered the rumbling Snake with me 2-footing the brake. I just HAD to vroom-vroom the sidepipes a couple times as the car slowly lowered. As it came to a stop, I backed off the tailgate, Pete and John staged some 1x6" boards due to my lowering. As I plopped down off the tailgate I backed up about 1 car length and shut it off. What happened then? APPLAUSE!!! Dozens of excited and curious questions ensued, and incorrect assumptions floated about the car, about me, {and the likely NASCAR owner......NOT !}

    I also met Roy Sjoberg that day..... Now THAT'S a HIGHLIGHT !!!

    Rod pulled away, tooted the air-horn, and my life has NEVER been the same.....

    Thank-You Team Viper.



    Post Script: Immediately After VOI-1, Rod came back to claim my Snake, and loaded it up and hauled it to INAUGURAL BRICKYARD 400 with a Roush NASCAR.

    Keep in mind how RARE a Viper was in 1994..... my snake was a hit at Indy garage area! As a joke, when they took the Roush car thru tech, they actually pushed my Viper thru the tech line with it. Rod reports it was the hit of the tech session, as Nascar actually Teched my Viper! The 3-page carbon-paper forms showed about 75 lines of inspected components:

    All pass-fail categories were check-marked as "FAILED".....except for the Harness and the Brembo front Brakes !

    My car returned to Portland the week AFTER the Brickyard.... the Portland Based Nascar did not even qualify. As far as I know and suspect, my 1993 Viper may be the ONLY Viper to have ever been thru an official Nascar Tech Inspection. [Several Vipers have been thru CART and IRL pace-car inspections.]

    Be Well......
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    This thread is a great read for slow days like today. Here are a few of my longer reads that I have posted:


    Cross-country road trip in an Orange TA, which led to a small article on Edmunds.com
    https://driveviper.com/forums/thread...500-miles-home
    https://www.edmunds.com/dodge/viper/...nashville.html

    Cross-country road trip in an Anodized Carbon
    https://driveviper.com/forums/thread...nodized-Carbon

    ACR-E build
    https://driveviper.com/forums/thread...My-ACR-E-story

    Stryker Green build and demise
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    Delivery Day... still haven't gotten her out on the road.

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    Viper Days 2.0 at VIR in 2015. I believe this was the first time that I had the Viper on a Road Course, so don't mind the crappy driving.

    Plus you get a couple of cameos of Jon B and his voice in there.

    That was such an awesome weekend! VIR is such a great track; I appreciate it even more after having run on other courses.
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    two things come to mind immediately. there are too many fun things to type but here goes.

    1. picking my gen2 up at woodhouse from bill pemberton and driving it home to NJ
    2. street racing one night with a buddy in an all original 70 hemi cuda (one of the nicest in the country at the time) on the gandy rd bridge in st petersburg florida.

    i got my moneys worth out of that car and then some.
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