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Hello to the memebers of ChallengerLife. I am Chris Vitale, the president of FairImage.org

I learned of this forum in a rather unusual way... While checking stats for the FairImage website, I began to see hits routed from this website. it was a bit confusing at first, because none of the pages seemed to contain discussion of the website. And then I scrolled...

So I'd like to thank Dave, who unknown to me, placed a banner ad at the bottom of this website. (We spoke a bit about it through email)

To add some actual Challenger content, I had just been to a Dodge dealer the same day I learned of the hits from this website. Guess what I was looking at? A white R/T, cloth, 18" wheels. (This is pretty much what I want) I am weighing the purchase right now, but as an autoworker invested in both MI and AZ real estate, you can hopefully understand my hesitation. If I do push the button, you can count on some interesting mods, as my background is in paint/body and mechanical.

In the meantime, I offer you an avatar with one of my "fun cars" ('73 Imperial) with a million-dollars worth of Dodge in the background.

I can't guarantee that I'll post often; it's taken me a week to make this post. Although you might not see daily changes on the FairImage.org website, I assure you that something happens daily. Expect our group to be mentioned on a major web portal soon. (Story about restrictions placed on US auto exports)

Until then, thanks for your purchases and know that the guy behind FairImage.org is a Challenger fan. One day I'll post how proposing this retro-car idea about 11-years ago almost resulted in a show-proposal, and got me 2 hours with John Herlitz (Google him).

Chris
 

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welcome to our world Chris!!:bigthumbsup:
 

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Welcome Chris.

I just want to say that when I stumbled across your site, FairImage.org, I knew I had to do any little thing I could to help. This unfairness that exists is something that I feel strongly about. The American auto companies have been playing the underdog far too long. And it really bothers me how much of America is OK with it. If Chrysler went into Japan and outsold Honda or Toyota, I think the Japanese people would begin to resent Chrysler being there - but that won't happen, because Japan will not allow it to happen. I want Americans to begin resenting Toyota outselling American companies on their own turf, and start showing some American pride.

Glad to have you here.
Looking forward to the story on John Herlitz.

[g]John Herlitz[/g]
 

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Chris
:thumbupright:glad to see you signed up. love that avatar. what color is that?
look forward to your stories, its always neat to hear the inside
things that go on:thumbupleft:
 

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Thank you for the welcome... Since this page displays well on my Blackberry (kudos to the webmaster) it ups my ability to post when I have a little downtime!As for the color of the Imperial in my avatar, it's called "mist green" F1 on the Chrysler color chart. It looks like faded sub-lime. The car in the photo is wearing mostly original paint, which of one of the reasons I purchased it. I have since sold it to a collector in PA.As for the story on John Herlitz... Back in '96, I was aware that Plymouth was going to use "retro" styling cues to re-invigorate the brand (as later witnessed with the Prowler, then PT Cruiser). Just for fun, I started comparing key e-body dimensions to then-current pony cars, and found them remarkable close. This turned into a proposal using some then current platforms/powertrains. I submitted it to Tom Gale using intercompany mail (keeping in mind this was nothing to do with my "real" job). A short while later, I received an invite to Auburn Hills to meet with design VP John Herlitz. We talked about the plan, and the short version was that John was quite interested in the idea for the next auto show cycle. This is decided upon at a directors meeting. John was a SUPER nice and down-to-earth guy... Also a real car-guy. He toured me through all the design studios, even asking my opinion on a clay 4-dr sedan at that time titled "Pronto" (although he said that name would never be used in production because of copyright issues with Polaroid). Interestingly, one side of the clay was very close to the production PT, the other looked like the current HHR! Anyways, John promised to "go to bat" for the retro-cuda proposal, and I am told he did, but it would have to delay a year as the next show season would emphasize (try out on the public) the second gen. LH cars. By the time it was the '98 cuda's turn at bat, Daimler was at the wheel and the idea was scuttled. Had Chrysler gone with it, they surely would have beaten the 2005 Mustang to the punch. All academic at this point, but the "next" musclecar idea never really went away, but it was definitely quashed for a decade.
 

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Wazzup Chris?

I was at the Viper open house last year. You should remember me...... I was the one with the camera and we have a mutual friend who was parked near you that day.
 

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Wazzup Chris?

I was at the Viper open house last year. You should remember me...... I was the one with the camera and we have a mutual friend who was parked near you that day.
Don't take this the wrong way, but saying you were the one with the camera at the Viper open house is a bit like saying "I'm the Viper owner who likes fast cars", lol... However, I think I might know who you are... This car that was parked next to me, was it a gray brand X that has since been replaced with a baby? I'll have to ask the mutual friend if he knows any new Challenger owners...
 

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I seen him tonight and he told me you talked to him.
Yeah I may not have the SRT Challenger but I still love it just the same!
Anyone who is fortunate enough to get a Challenger should be proud of what they got. I have to say MOPAR did this one right!! My second favorite car is the Viper.
It would have been my first but it sits out there in the untouchable relm for me.
Except for when I get the honor of being a passenger in one every once in a while.

Years ago I worked at a Dodge dealer and one night me and a buddy were handed a set of keys each and told to have fun! I wont say what dealer in the open because I dont want any problems for this person. Lets just say we floored it up Van **** into Romeo and back. Had a blast and I am glad we didnt get stopped!
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what ever happened to this guy? :think:
 

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I've got a theory....
 

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I thought this was new til I read the post date, wow, if only he could have got the Cuda out in time to take on the Mustang.....sweet piece of history there
 

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yup, haven't seen him in a while, was just wondering what happened to him.:think:
 
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