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Words by Richard Kratz photos by Tim Marshall and Richard Kratz
We’ve talked a lot in these pages about how amazing these late model HEMI cars are that Chrysler builds. While we dearly love all of the great classic Mopars out there, when it comes to overall balance of power, handling, braking, comfort and convenience, you can’t beat a late model HEMI.
Take our project Maulin’ Magnum for example. This 2007 Dodge Magnum SRT8 with its 6.1L HEMI can do it all. It has over 60,000 miles on the odometer, which seems like no big deal. But amongst those miles are nearly 150 miles that were done in nearly 600 quarter mile at a time increments. Yep, the car has almost 600 drag strip passes since it competes in NHRA, PSCA, WCHRA series and independent races. And most of those passes were made with a power adder, first nitrous oxide then supercharged.
But the car has to get to the races and we don’t tow it there. Rather, the Magnum tows its own trailer to the races carrying the pit and race gear—a pop-up canopy, jack, tools, race tires, etc. We tow the trailer 250 miles across the Mojave desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas or up the I-5 Grapevine to Bakersfield to go racing. We arrive, unload and set up the pit, jack the car up, change the wheels and tires, strip some weight out of the interior and go racing.