Win a Chal­lenger!

You Could Win These Two Chal­lengers. What’s the Catch? You Might Not Win, But It’s Still a Wor­thy Cause

Hot Rod - - Contents - Johnny Hunk­ins John Machaque­iro

hFor the past 10 years, the folks at Dream Give­away Garage have been grant­ing gear­head wishes while pro­vid­ing much-needed re­lief for a va­ri­ety of char­i­ties. In that time, Dream Garage Give­away has handed out no fewer than 42 gob­s­mack­ing prize pack­ages to reg­u­lar guys like us. If you’ve seen the ads, you may have won­dered how all this works. It starts with a core group of car nuts who have been part of the af­ter­mar­ket in­dus­try for years. The com­pany’s Clear­wa­ter, Florida–based head­quar­ters is home to not only its op­er­a­tion and ve­hi­cle photo stu­dio but a well-stocked garage any gear­head would be proud to own.

If you had to boil it down to one idea, Dream Give­away Garage is es­sen­tially a build­ing full of mus­cle-car ma­ni­acs with a heart of gold. They get to buy, de­sign, build, test, and then give away the cars they love to play with, then pay the rest for­ward to char­i­ties like New Be­gin­ning Chil­dren’s Homes, Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing, Honor Flight of West Cen­tral Florida, The Detroit Res­cue Mis­sion, and oth­ers. The DGG team mem­bers love their jobs, and they’re al­ways look­ing to outdo them­selves with every new give­away they put on.

Last spring, we got a call from Christo­pher Phillip, DGG’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­nica- tions. As a prior editor for TEN, he knows ex­actly the kind of cars we like: Iconic mus­cle ma­chines with piles of power. His pitch that they were buy­ing a new Hell­cat Chal­lenger and a 1970 Dodge Chal­lenger R/T Hemi, adding $45,000 in cash to the pack­age, bump­ing up the Hell­cat’s power to more than 1,000, hav­ing Don Gar­l­its drag-test it, then giv­ing it all away was some­thing he thought we’d be in­ter­ested in. It was.

At the time, yours truly was the editor of Mopar Mus­cle mag­a­zine, so we jumped in feet first to get the scoop on the story. We boarded a flight to Florida, then met up with Phillip, Gar­l­its, and DGG’s two give­away

spec­i­mens. The pristinely re­stored 1970 Hemi Chal­lenger R/T needed no in­tro­duc­tion, but the Hell­cat—now re­named “Hellscat”—made us do a dou­ble take. Dodge had re­cently an­nounced the De­mon, and the DGG crew took that as a chal­lenge: build this or­di­nary Hell­cat into some­thing that could run away and hide from the De­mon.

DGG’s recipe for ratch­et­ing up the power on the Hell­cat was re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to Dodge’s ap­proach with the De­mon: go with a much big­ger blower (a 4.5L Whip­ple su­per­charger), get a killer tune (from “AJ” at Hemi Tuner Per­for­mance out of New York), beef up the half­shafts, and bolt up the stick­i­est Nitto drag ra­di­als that will fit. To set the Hellscat off vis­ually from or­di­nary Hell­cats, special badges, graph­ics, in­te­rior, wheels, and brake caliper call­outs were added. On the dyno, Hellscat belted out 945 hp to the tires, but would it de­liver the goods at the track?

To find out, we headed to Bran­den­ton Motorsports Park, where Gar­l­its laid down a string of im­pres­sive passes cul­mi­nat­ing in a best of 10.33 at 132 mph. “The trick is to just give it enough throt­tle to be right on the edge of break­ing the tires loose, and I feel that in the seat of my pants,” Gar­l­its told us. “And once you get go­ing, it never stops shift­ing. Think about it, I built ‘Swamp Rat I’ in 1956 and I ran it un­til 1961. It went through ma­jor con­fig­u­ra­tion changes, and ran in the low-9s and high-8s. And these new Chal­lengers are close to that.” Gar­l­its is no stranger to late-model Dodge ma­chin­ery, hav­ing cam­paigned a string of var­i­ous Drag Pak Chal­lengers in NHRA Su­per Stock.

The Hellscat, of course, is not a one-trick drag pony but a fully weaponized street ma­chine. Along with the le­git 1970 Hemi Chal­lenger R/T (one of 150 R-code TorqueFlite Hemis built that year), this give­away pack­age—signed and driven by Don Gar­l­its and spon­sored by Re­li­able Car­ri­ers—could right­fully be called the ul­ti­mate gear­head fan­tasy. Even bet­ter, it also in­cludes $45,000 in cash to pay the taxes, mak­ing the cars free and clear.

If you’re ask­ing what you have to do to join the ranks of 42-plus prior give­away win­ners, the an­swer is sim­ple. Go to DreamGive­ or call 866.600.0646 be­fore June 26, 2018, to en­ter to win. (HRM read­ers get 75-per­cent bonus tick­ets with a do­na­tion of $25 or more, promo code HR2018H.) On the level, it’s free to en­ter the give­away and no do­na­tion is re­quired, but we do ask that you sup­port DGG’s char­i­ties (do­na­tions are tax-de­ductible), mak­ing it a win-win for all.

01] DGG’s “Hellscat”—orig­i­nally a 2017 Hell­cat— takes its cue from the Scat Packs of yore with special graph­ics and badges. 02] Mak­ing 1,000+ hp with the 6.2L Hell­cat Hemi is rel­a­tively sim­ple with a 4.5L Whip­ple su­per­charger in place of the stock...

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