It started out quietly at Adam’s shop, Spankin’ Time Motorsports, tucked away in a semi-industrial area in San Bernardino, CA. A handful of us were there early and were drinking coffee and eating doughnuts when we heard a roar, sounding like rolling thunder in the distance. We looked up the street and saw a rainbow of bright Challengers going over the railroad track hump and down into the parking lot. This could have been a scene from a Fast and Furious movie. I think even Steven Spielberg would have had goose bumps seeing that. I know I did.

ST Motorsports Dyno Day

Eventually the parking lot filled and Adam and his crew got busy strapping down all of that horsepower to the dyno chassis. Everyone had their 15 minutes of fame as one by one the car owners were called out to bring their ride to the starting gate. A huge four foot Vizio TV screen was placed outside the work bay for all of to watch the horsepower and torque readings in real time for each dyno pull. With so many Challengers on the dyno, oohs and aahhs were heard all day long.

Both of the major Dodge Challenger car clubs were there, West Coast Challengers and SoCal Challengers as well as members from SoCalLX and the Mopar Syndicate. Chris (aka SparkChicken), from SoCal Challengers, helped me match faces to forum screen names to their individual cars.

ST Motorsports Dyno Day

The wonderful aroma of cleanly burned exhaust and a little tire smoke eventually gave way to the sweet smell of 100% beef patties grilling on the barbecue. The gals did a professional job on feeding the hungry Challenger owners all the while keeping the line down to two or three. Also hot dogs, chips, cookies and soft drinks were served.

Once Adam finished his own lunch he and his crew were right back on the dyno.

Karl (aka lowwlife) trailered out his Challenger in unfinished fashion, pushed it off the trailer and set it up in a corner. He opened all of the doors, trunk, compartments and the hood for all to see the expert craftsmanship that is going into this future record breaker. He even took time to give this writer a detailed explanation on the fabrication of the roll cage, nitrous system, extinguisher, custom ice box and virtually every other aspect of the car.

Participants and spectators and their wives and girlfriends enjoyed the day by mingling with other car owners and swapping stories. It was a great day to see old friends that you haven’t seen since the last Mopar event or race. Dyno days aren’t just for the dyno pulls. When you can get that many people to hang around all day in the smoggy air and heat, then it has alot to do with friends and friendship, exchanging phone numbers and giving and getting advice.

You can find pictures from the event in our club photo gallery.

Until the next one — Bill (aka CrankCase).

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