History Made at Spring Fest 6!

The California sun has set on the sixth annual LX Spring Festival. Once again, great memories with old acquaintances were rekindled while forging new friendships within the Dodge community. This year’s event smashed all previous participant attendance records as over 830 LX owners from all over the USA, Canada and even Europe came to share the love of their Challengers, Chargers, Magnums and 300s.


Our president and CEO (and #1 LX fan) Ralph Gilles, was in attendance and shared his passion for these great vehicles as he walked among the masses. He even had the opportunity to sign a few Challengers and Chargers much to the delight of their owners. Our designers and SRT engineering gear heads held round table discussions with owners to exchange valuable feedback and discuss future product concepts.


Our fans also got a taste of hot burning rubber in their faces as our own Samuel Hubinette wowed us with a drifting choreography that included billowing clouds of tire smoke to the sounds of a high-winding 7, 000 RPM Mopar small-block. Sam wasn’t the only one tearing up the runways at the former Marine Naval Air Station. For $20 a run, participants had a chance to race against the clock and test their driving skills behind the wheel of a 2011 Charger R/T on the ‘Challenge Course’ (both Ralph and Sam laid down some smoking lap times!).


There was no shortage of competition among those looking for a shot at beating those numbers and the best part was all proceeds went towards charity. The sponsor, midway, was filled with the latest go-fast and styling goodies from a wide variety of manufacturers. We also had our latest hardware for all to see, like the stunning 2012 Charger SRT8 and 2011 Challenger R/T “Green with Envy”. We also got to see event organizer and LX patriarch, John Fortuno unveil his 2011 Chrysler 300C “Fat Chance 2.0”.


Yes, history was made this past weekend at Spring Fest 6 and we were glad to be a part of the fun and share it with our fans. Let the countdown begin to SF7!


  • Posted March 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Great event and a great effort by everyone that attended. Dodge was CEO and staff are the best.

  • BigJim SRT
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Excellent event this year! Test drives and drifting expo and 830 cars! will be there for sure next year.

  • Posted March 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Well I won’t miss next year God willing..

  • R. Krupa
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Looks like everyone had fun . What about having one in the Detroit area??

  • Posted March 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    We had a blast! Special thanks to the SoCalLX members for putting this event together. Kudos to Chrysler/Dodge for supporting the event. Same time next year everyone!

  • So Cal Challengers
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to SoCalLX for an outstanding event and we are already planning for SF7. We got a chance to make some new friends from all over the USA and Canada. It was a treat to see Hubinette working that drift Challenger and to get a close up look at some of the new Mopars. A big thanks to Ralph Gilles for coming out to show his support and spending some time with us.
    All the members of SoCal Challengers appreciate everything that went into making this event such an overwhelming success and will be back next year with even more Challengers! Thank you SoCalLX!

  • Mopar Jack
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    This was my first time attending Spring Fest and it was great. Well worth the 6 hour drive from San Jose. CA It was fantastic to have Ralph Gilles attend this event. It’s a great demonstaration that the new Dodge regime is different and that connecting with true Dodge and Mopar enthusiasts is a priority. Thanks Ralph and Dodge for supporting this awesome west coast event. 

  • Notsure
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    I cant wait for SF7 Driving 2400 miles one way is not an issue in my SRT8.
    See you all again soon.


  • Notsure
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    SF6  Our trip out west to Cali for the event!!
    The Frederick Scat Pack runs strong with Dodge,cant wait till next year Ill bring both cars out white and black for this not to miss event put on by Dodge and LX So Cal.
    My SRT8 is the most comfortable ride on the market 2500 miles and nothing but smiles to Cali. I wish I could say that for the ride home as the car was left in So Cal and I drove a buick home ,doh……..
    See you all at SEMA this Nov Looks like my cars going to have some vortech and speed factory heritage applied ,wink ,wink ,nudge ,nudge…TY Dodge,and the great crew I met many more good times from here.Many more miles with smiles as well …and nice smokey burnouts.

  • Rab
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Great time was had. I drove from Brampton Ontario for this first class event. Thanks to Tom and JonW for putting this together.
    See everyone next year @ Camp Canada 2

  • Posted April 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a little video of Spring Fest 6 that our club put together. Enjoy!
    <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adibDhdom8U”>
    YouTube Channel: WestCoastChallengers

  • Notsure
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    West Coast Challengers your a great crew it was real nice meeting you all at SF6 ,nice video ty for sharing with us all…
    Tom and Jon W Salute to you as well.  SF7 I cant wait  we loved the ride out west,you can forget about the ride home, next time Im shipping back … Go Big or Go Home!!

    Great time!!!!!!!!

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