I was on the phone with him; I was quite specific on the colour, and I had a heap of options. Bryce was like, “How about this one?” or “No, not that one”. I decided on this one based on price and mileage.
It must’ve been a bit frightening buying it sight unseen off the internet? Yeah, it was, but I have no regrets — not with Bryce in control of things.
So, we take it that it goes quite well? [Big smile] Yes, yes. When it arrived, I was thinking of transporting it back but Bryce said, “Ange, you’ll be disappointed if you do; you have to drive it home.” So I flew to Tauranga to collect it, then drove it to Auckland to show a few friends, and he was right. I was cautious, though, but not so much now sometimes — every time I drive, I have a smile on my face.
You have an interesting sticker on the back window, “You’ve just been passed by a girl”; that must raise a few eyebrows? No, not really, I was parked up in town one day and people were looking at the car. I pressed the button and unlocked the door, and they said, “Oh, it’s yours?” Some people do expect it to be owned by a male, but most just look at it and admire it. I love how people just like the car; I did a local fundraiser for a school and a boy won a ride in it. It was the girls, though, who seemed more interested in the car. I love that; I said to them that one day they could own one. Cars like this are not just for boys! Do you plan to take it down the drag strip? Yeah, absolutely. I gotta do it at least once; it’s in a controlled environment without any pesky police around.
We see you’re also a member of Ram Rodders. Not just a member — Ange doesn’t do things by halves; Ange just doesn’t join the club; Ange becomes the secretary! At the first meeting, I introduced myself and they asked me what I drove. I said, “Hi, I’m Ange and I drive a Toyota Corolla.” Someone from the back said, “Yeah, but tell them what you’ve got coming.” I said, “But I’ve got a Hellcat on the water.” Bob [Wilton] then piped up, “And I’ve got the keys to a drag strip.”
Do you have any plans to buy something else now you’ve got the bug? I have to keep it for four years, so after that who knows. At the moment, it suits my needs. Being a Hellcat, it won’t depreciate like a normal Challenger.
You’re not disappointed that you didn’t hold out for a Demon? I don’t like the flared guards, and they are a bit more expensive. The Hellcat is mad enough — and, besides, I own a cattery so ‘Demon’ doesn’t really fit.
Thanks heaps for your time, Ange, and enjoy your cat.