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