Videos and photos - Military Salute 2016 and Rides and Smiles 2016

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  1. Bobpantax

    Bobpantax VCA Member - South Florida

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    http://www.samaonline.org/ridesandsmiles2016/index.htm This is long. Keep watching there are multiple videos back to back.




    http://www.samaonline.org/samamilitarysalute2016/index.htm


    For the third year the Southern Automotive Media Association did a car show for the military at Homestead Reserve Air Force Base. The next day SAMA held its annual Rides and Smiles event where we gave rides to pediatric cancer patients and survivors in the morning and military personnel in the afternoon at the Homestead Speedway road course. We had perfect weather.

    In the morning we were limited to 100 MPH. In the afternoon only certain cars and drivers were permitted to run since we were allowed to go as fast as we wished to go. I was fortunate and privileged to be one of those drivers.

    A brought the Viper TA for both the show and the rides and the Hellcat Challenger to show only at the Speedway since it had Nitto 555R drag radials on it. But I managed to take it out on the track just to see what it would do in the straights. I did two laps with an Air Force Colonel and his son in the Hellcat and two in it by myself.

    The TA performed flawlessly lap after lap after lap. I did about 90 miles of rides with the TA. It was one of the favorites.

    The Challenger's power and acceleration is mind blowing. If they ever figure out how to put a Hellcat engine and its eight speed auto transmission in a Viper or atleast a car which is the size and weight of the Viper, the car, being 1000 pounds lighter than my Hellcat Challenger, would probably be the fastest drag racing production vehicle of any brand ever made by an OEM. Dodge rates the engine at 707 HP but the truth of the matter is that it has to be puting out around 760 or 770 to allow my car to do what it does. I have been driving high performance cars since 1963 and all I can say is that I never expected anything like the Hellcat to ever be produced by an OEM from the factory. Boy was I wrong.
     
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  2. ViperJeff

    ViperJeff VCA Legacy Member - UT/AZ Staff Member

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    Outstanding, thanks Bob
     
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    Bobpantax VCA Member - South Florida

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    Thanks Jeff. I put the wrong link in for the Rides and Smiles video. See above. There are multiple videos of the event back to back. Just keep watching and they load up automatically.
     
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    ViperJeff VCA Legacy Member - UT/AZ Staff Member

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    Oh Yea!!!!!!!


    Even better
     
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    3whitevipers VCA Member - South

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    Bob--
    What a wonderful event--nice to see 2 Vipers there--Dave
     
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    Bobpantax VCA Member - South Florida

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    Hi Dave. The event really puts a smile on everyone's face. I've been privileged to participate since 2011 and look forward to it each year. The manufacturers provide many of the vehicles. The other Viper and the grey Charger Hellcat were brought down by FCA. An SRT engineer was there along with a PR person and a driver.

    Each year there are many moments when a child gets in the car clothed in the fear and fatigue of having dealt with cancer and during the ride that all goes away and they break out in a big smile. It does not get any better than that.
     
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    Great job, Bob. So important in this life to still care about others.:2tu:
     

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