The Feature Mopar this month is a 2013 Challenger SRT. Our new member is Eric Martin Accardo born in Chicago,Ill and raised there for 35 years, I developed my first passion for racing going airborne on dirt bikes at age 10. We raced motocross everyday but a serious injury pulled me away from my bike and racing to 4 wheels. We only had a small 1/4 clay track we used to do Tournament of Destruction demo derby's. I moved my way into college working in an architectural firm for 7 years building skyscrapers. I was also in a band in Chicago doing originals . We transformed into a Deep Purple/Rainbow Tribute. I've done UFO, Robin Trower and Alice Cooper Tributes over the years.
I wind up in Las Vegas NV in 1998 and in 2004 find myself in a band Southern Stue "A Tribute to Southern Rock " for over 10 years here in Las Vegas.,Iive opened 3 pizza restaurants, a designer resale shop and now am a vintage guitar dealer.
as far as my cars .
My 2013 Challenger SRT-8 in Plum Crazy is a 6-speed ("The Panzer") was originally built for the actor Nicolas Cage. Somehow I wound up with it and am happy about that . As you can see its a looker. The 392 Hemi delivers over 500hp to the rear wheels with a couple of minor mods and is ready for the track off the show room floor ! Reminds me of my 70 Challenger 440 mag 4 speed I had as a kid. Also my 69 Charger 440 4-speed brings a tear to my eye ,,,,,, as they are in Mopar Heaven !!
My 2005 SRT-6 Chrysler Crossfire was the first effort when Chrysler bought its Mercedes Benz R170 road race chassi.with a 3.2 L 6 cyl supercharged by AMG, They build the Formula 1 race engines. 380 hp to the rear wheels. its basically a Mercedes Benz SLK 32 AMG in USA form.
My goal is to eventually race competition most likely SCCA or a car club whichever is most feasible . I want to form a race team with myself as the driver ( I race under the name Vinny Vango), that can be a non-profit organization which will be able to give all proceeds to a charity that is dedicated to saving the lives and senseless killing of animals by the MILLIONS each year . I presently would race the Dodge Challenger SRT8 and the SRT6 Chrysler Crossfire which I ran at Laguna Seca in Monterey Cali and such tracks that have a decibel limit. My idea , at the present, is to run as many track days that I can get. I'm going to do a thing like organizations do for a cancer walk or such. it will start like this. for example:
I will be racing at Laguna Seca July 20th. for every lap I complete, will you donate "X" amount of dollars for each lap. (kind of like people donate for every mile walked or ran etc.) ALL of these donations will be considered a "public" division where pledgers can see that the money goes DIRECTLY to the right place. THEN
ill have a "private" division where I try to pick up sponsorship to fund the racing mostly through advertising on the car. more for businesses and such.. that wouldn't mind advertising for a cause that also provides help for a "save the animals" atmosphere.
at present I fund ALL aspects of the racing car, repairs, rubber & track time also the risk, EVERY TIME ON TRACK of a wreck to either or both cars that would cost me over 70K.... so of course id love to get a sponsor who can provide help with funding ...even the smallest amount of sponsorship will be a tremendous way to relieve some of the burden. even if I pick up a few connections no matter how small, even something like a sticker on the car from a business say like pep boys, who will do my brake fluid changes after every race day, or anything that will help propel this charitable organization into reality!
my next track time will be September 20 and 21st at Buttonwillow International Speedway and I also have a fb page Sin City Roadrunners that has all the events that are planned. " ITS ONE THING TO LOVE RACING,,,ITS ANOTHER THING TO LIVE IT !! " peace Vinny Vango !
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"Five Star Productions" and friend of your President has his final DVD's produced. Be sure to click on image above to order your copy now. Your Mopar might just be on the Video! I worked for John at MATS and had a blast taping what I could of some of the coolest Mopars that caught my eyes. My daughter took hundreds of photos for John too. Thanks to Phil and Jill Painter and John allowing us to help show the planet some cool Mopars! Smilin' Ed Yes, that's my 1969 GTX out on the Autocross too! I had a member, my son and daughter document me beating on this car I have now owned for 36 years! Driving in the snow in New York teaches one how to drive with oversteer! I would not have it any other way! Nothing like it.
The site was updated August 3rd 2:27 AM
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Mopar of the month is a 2013 Challenger SRT. The guitar player is a (member) of our club and is in a local cool band called "Southern Stue". Be sure to put your mouse over Rick, and Click to see the band's website. Lots of cool Southern Rock! A must see band! I just posted videos of Rick / Catfish racing his SRT and his Crossfire. To view the videos posted on YouTube, just put your mouse over the SRT Challenger and Click the car. This will take you to the next page where videos are posted. Now just click the Challenger, or the Crossfire image to watch the videos. Rick's Car can be viewed (photos) by clicking the spinning Mopar image, or the Club flashing logo on the Video page for this Mopar.
I formed this club in July 2002 with the idea I just wanted a few more cool Mopars to park my 1969 GTX beside. Over the years this club has grown to be known in many states, and also other parts of the world. I have very simple rules in our club with no dues. If you think you want to be a part of us simply contact me. I will be more than happy to send you the club rules to become a part of this "Private Club". Thank you, and enjoy our Mopars! We do! I am Smilin' Ed the President.
Click my (Dash / Headlight) button below to view Smilin' Ed's personal page where I have photos of my 1969 Plymouth GTX and " KRISSY", my 1968 Dodge Dart GTS Convertible. (clone) You can Email me too with the Envelope.