What A Father Gives To A Son

Written by editor on . Posted in Parting Shots, Summer 2010

By Darren Jacobs

Southern California VCA member Mike Moore loved cars. The Inglewood, Calif. native’s high school days were spent working on cars and motorcycles and palling around with his amigos from the “King Pins” car club. Moore raced all over the West Coast, competed in prestigious off-road events such as the “Baja 500,” belonged to numerous car clubs and owned and restored practically every type of classic and exotic car you can name. In short, he was a “car guy” through and through.

But when he fell for the Viper, Moore fell hard. Despite suffering from the illness that would eventually claim his life, Moore purchased his 1999 solid black Viper ACR in 2009 and soon hooked up with the Southern California VCA.
“Mike loved cars and was able to buy his dream cars, and when he had the opportunity to buy his Viper, although quite ill, he was so excited,” recalled Mary Lou Moore, Mike’s wife. “He would tell everyone that it was the fastest car he ever had and it ‘scared him to death’—which he loved! He joined the VCA, but unfortunately was not able to participate in many of the events.”

Although he wasn’t able to drive his new Viper as much as he would have liked, Mike got nearly as much enjoyment from watching his son, Curt, take the wheel of his Snake. One SoCal VCA event in particular stands out for the Moore clan.
“Mike paid to have Curt enter and drive the car at the November 2009 event held at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana,” said Mary Lou. “Curt came in second in the autocross. Mike was so proud of him and the car.”

“My dad got sick very suddenly, and was only able to survive just over a year past diagnosis,” said Curt. “All throughout my childhood my dad was building and racing cars and motorcycles. He wanted to attend the Viper day at Fontana, and he told me to register the car and drive it for him. Dad said it was the best day he had during his entire sickness. He had all his immediate family there and the car ran great! My dad passed away two weeks to the day after that event.

“Dad had an exclusive collection of cars and motorcycles that we have already sold, but the only one from the collection I am keeping is the Viper ACR. My dad and I have driven many outrageous cars, but this is by far the fastest street car either of us have driven. I intend to keep the car as my permanent reminder of my father and will continue to be a part of the last club he was with, the SoCal Viper Club. I miss and love you, dad.”

Mike Moore might be gone, but his spirit lives on, roaring to life every time his son turns the key of one very special Viper.

Perfect Match

Written by editor on . Posted in Summer 2010, Viper Lifestyles

By Brian Reynolds

We are in the business of rebuilding and selling helicopters and as a Dodge Viper enthusiast I look for a new color to build a show helicopter with every year. The problem is I end up having to buy the car to make sure I like the colors! Here’s the project we did last year. It’s an overhauled and modified Bell UH-1H Huey. It’s painted with Viper Violet and black and looks stunning in person! I just sold it to a customer in Alaska. We added some silver to it for him but it still—and always will be—the only Huey painted with the Viper Violet paint code. I have also attached the one we did in 2007 with the Viper Racing Yellow paint code. Yea, the yellow one was a little faster for some reason—not sure why. Thanks to Mark at Woodhouse for his help with the paint codes. We can’t wait until the next project.

Diecast ACR

Written by editor on . Posted in Summer 2010, Viper Lifestyles

By Maurice Q. Liang

A welcome but last minute addition to the Viper ACR collectibles is this new Bburago 1/24 scale model (#18-21046). It’s the first larger diecast model of the ACR. Comes in red with black hood and red driver’s stripe paint scheme, and features opening hood, opening doors, and steerable wheels.


Written by editor on . Posted in Summer 2010, Viper Lifestyles

By Kim A. Peterson

Okay, I have been impressed with the garage mahal photos in the past. But let’s get down to basics—not everyone in the Viper Nation is a gazillionaire. Here are pictures of my just finished garage. My second Dodge Viper, a 1995 RT/10 red with tan hides, is my pride and joy, and I would not sell it for anything—notice the 2006 wheel update. And, of course, there is my new 2006 Slate Crystal Pearl SRT10® —and check out those 6-spoke wheels.

The garage is painted with all the racing flag colors, and my assortment of various pictures and posters. How could I be in the flooring business and not have a garage without a kick-asp checkerboard floor? Betty Boop says it all, “Boop-oop-a-doop! Illinois Viper Club Rocks!”

We Love All Three …

Written by editor on . Posted in Summer 2010, Viper Lifestyles

By Jack LoVerde

This is my 1996 Dodge Viper RT/10 that I purchased seven years ago. I’ve put a few bucks in it with red inserts in the seats, Eibach suspension, powder-coated red calipers, custom exhaust and those 3-piece Forgiato wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. I absolutely love the Viper and hope to never part with it—unless I get a new ACR. My other car is a 2001 Plymouth Prowler and my wife drives a 2005 Chrysler 300C, which we bought new.

We love all three—a Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge. Now I’d like to get that new ACR, if I only had the garage space.

Old Friends Reunite at Car Show—Viper Wins the Crowd

Written by editor on . Posted in Summer 2010, Viper Lifestyles

By Brian Kroger

Last summer an old friend from high school, Dave, got in touch with me for the first time in 34-years. After talking, we found we shared an interest in performance cars and Dave owns a rare 850 Series BMW V12. We ended up taking our rides to a local car show. Now, I’m not really into showing my Viper at shows, but he talked me into it.

So Dave breaks the ice with the comment, “I have a V12, got you beat.” I laughed and started talking about our rides. Both rides got a lot of attention
at the show. I never had such a wonderful time with an old friend. As we were about to leave the word Viper came over the loud speaker. With Dave telling me, “I think you won something.” As it turns out, my ’98 Viper RT/10 won favorite of show. What a nice bonus to a great day with an old friend. Dave
took the picture of our rides just before we left.

Like Son, Like Father

Written by editor on . Posted in Summer 2010, Viper Lifestyles

By Rich Berube

It all started in 1993 when my son Darren saw his first Dodge Viper in a magazine. He was hooked. When the 1996 GTS came out his room was filled with posters and model cars. Of course, he chose the GTS in blue with the white stripes. At that point in his life he made a decision that he would one day own a 1996 Dodge Viper GTS.

As a junior in high school, he purchased my old Toyota pickup. He had the option to buy a sportier ride, but chose not to do so. He graduated from college and took a job in the Dallas area. During this time I had come across a great deal on a Pontiac Trans Am but he did not budge and kept saving his money. In May of 2004, he called and said he had found a car in Amarillo, Texas. It was owned by a doctor and had a little over 8,700 miles on it. And yes it was a 1996 GTS, blue with white stripes. He and a friend went to look at the car. It was exactly what he wanted and he drove it home.

The following weekend was Mother’s Day and he drove the car to Wichita. Wow, what a ride. We took the GTS for a spin and I was immediately hooked. There is nothing like a Viper. The torque is awesome. I was currently driving a supercharged Dodge Dakota and knew that it had to go. My search started immediately. It took several months, but in July I found my own Viper on the Internet. It is a 1999 Silver GTS. My son has kept his GTS stock but I am a performance nut and had a Roe Supercharger installed. WOW!

We are having a blast with the cars. No trailer queens here. They are driven often. Like son, like father. What can I say, we both love our Vipers!

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