In the winter 2009 issue of VIPER Magazine, Rene Mahr of Luxembourg presented his yellow 1994 yellow RT/10 in various settings around his home and garage. Later, he discovered this field of bright yellow flowers and figured his Viper would be a perfect complement for this bucolic setting. We tend to agree.
By Jeffrey Rose
A couple of years ago, VIPER Magazine ran an article about how, in the space of about a week, I purchased three Vipers from John Gastman at Roanoke Motors. I just wanted to provide a short update to that story.
After the initial purchase of those three Vipers, I went on to buy three more Vipers over the next 18 months—a VOI.9 Special Edition Viper from Ringgold Dodge; a 2006 red and silver GTS coupe from Royal Gate Dodge; and a 2008 black and silver GTS coupe, also from Royal Gate.
In closing, I just want to add that Vipers have become a big part of my life since losing my wife Leslie, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2005. The Vipers and the Gateway VCA members help me to fill that void.
Viper owners are always eager to show off their modifications, but usually that refers to their vehicles. In this case, John Twele’s Viper is stock, but it’s his wife Maressia who has undergone some fine tuning. According to John, “My wife won first place in the Ms. Minnesota Bodybuilding Competition. A favorite trip was her victory ride along the bluffs of the Mississippi River.”
In the last issue of VIPER Magazine, we featured a photo from Maurice Liang where he placed an attractive model on the rear wing of an ACR and listed her as “an optional 100 lbs. of downforce.” VM had a number of inquiries about this photo, along with a request for any other outtakes from that photo shoot. As always, VM is happy to oblige.
Former Georgia VCA president Peter Mansolillo had an encounter recently that goes to show you’re only as old as you feel. “I had this 76-year-old widow customer come in the office last week, with this custom made 2009 ACR look alike,” he explained. “She has another Viper with 130,000 miles on it. When her husband passed away six years ago the GTS only had 900 miles on it. She drives it everyday. This kind of thing really gives me hope for the future.”
By Paul Schlageter
I want to tell everyone that I enjoy VIPER Magazine very much—especially the Tech Notes section. My brother and I both have 1995 RT/10s. We got them about six years ago and have had little or no problems with them. Mine is the red one and my brother Kurt has the black.
When we were growing up one of us always had to have a better car than the other. Now we have the same but, as I tell him, mine is better because it has “Last 300 side exhaust” etched on the frame.
We live in Grass Valley, California, so we get to drive them almost all year round. And all Viper owners know you always get the looks from people. As my brother and I say, “A Corvette is just a Corvette, a Porsche is just a Porsche—but a Viper is bad!”
If you frequent the drag strips around Ohio and Pennsylvania, chances are you’ve seen the “Viperizer” roaring up to the starting line, emerging from a cloud of white smoke as Ron Siegal heats up his slicks to make a quarter-mile pass. It’s a sight to see!
This beastly beauty, handcrafted for Siegal by Jerry Bickel Race Cars, can burn the quarter mile in 7.19 seconds @ 194 mph. The Viperizer’s chassis is fabricated from Chromemoly tubing, the body is hand laid fiberglass. The interior is carbon fiber, while titanium and other exotic metals are used for wheels and wheelie bars to make this race car weigh in, driver included, at a remarkable 2150 lbs.
Incredible attention has been paid to every detail. For example check out the hand- painted tail lamps. Siegal is also an avid Mopar® collector, so when it came time for him to build the power plant for the Viperizer, there was no doubt it would be based on the legendary Mopar V8s. The current power plant is an all-aluminum 572 cubic inch V8 creation that produces nearly 1,300 hp.
The Viperizer is for the race track, but if the weather is right you might see Siegal in his 1998 Viper GTS or his Snakeskin green 2008 Viper SRT10® cruising down the road.
By Bill Rodway
Recently, the New Mexico Viper Club organized an event with the main purpose of raising money for the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation (MC-LEF). The event was the First Annual Roadrunner Charity Fun Run in Albuquerque, N.M. More than 50 exotic sports cars participated in the poker run, where participants picked up playing cards at seven locations around town and at the final stop, played their best five-card poker hand.
Hand-made trophies made of engine parts were awarded to the top three poker hands, and more than 15 door prizes were given to random entrants. With the help of an additional large donation by a local business, Motiva Performance, the New Mexico Viper Club was able to raise a donation of $2,000 to be given to the MC-LEF. We hope to make this an annual event and we anticipate an even larger donation next year. Come and join us for this very worthwhile event.
As the glow of the 10th Viper Owners Invitational still lingers for many of those who attended, Robert Schwarzli noticed this unusual alignment when going through his photos from the event. He wrote, “Here is a picture that was taken in the parking garage at VOI in Detroit. This was not a mirror behind my car—it’s a twin Viper. And it was not planned this way. Just one of those happy coincidences.”