Dodge Spotting

As a certified, dyed-in-the-wool car fanatic, I love to drive. Anywhere. And it’s not just about the excitement and fun of sliding behind the wheel of that magical Blue Streak Pearl Challenger of mine, but the possible encounters I’ll have along the way. Oftentimes, it’s a stoplight conversation, which usually starts with “’Nice car! How do you like it?” at which point I express my love for the car and encourage my new friend to test-drive one. Yet there’s something else that I look forward to just as much:

 

Dodge Spotting.

 

Dodge Spotting

 

The train aficionados have the whole idea down to a science, heading out to the tracks to see a particular engine or series of cars as they make their way from place to place and sharing these sightings with their like-minded pals. Car folks, well, we have it a bit easier, as we can take in the sights while we head to our destinations. And I have a blast doing this. Sure, traffic can be a bore, but I find, more often than not, that there’s always something interesting in the line of cars ahead or to the side, and when it wears a Dodge badge, the hunt becomes exponentially more interesting! I have this ever-growing mental list of cool cars I’ve seen on the street, broken neatly into categories like “Nice Wheels,” “Outstanding Stance” and “How Rare Is THAT?!,” which receives a lot of attention by way of real-time updates and reviews. It truly makes me glad that I’ve yet to run out of memory. And if I did, I’d most likely just elect to overwrite more nonessential things, like the grocery list or how to tell time.

 

It has never gotten old for me, either. That same skip of the heart, the quick rush…that “Look over there!” moment when I spot a Charger or another Challenger, or a restored or tricked-out classic. Something stirs, and for as long as I can recall, it’s always been the same feeling. I make those mental notes about the Phantom Black Charger or the Header Orange Dart GT I saw while hopping on the freeway, and grin just a bit. Even better are those moments when I encounter another Challenger, and its driver and I each give a little wave, acknowledging that we’re both keeping entertained and enjoying another drive. That little moment of camaraderie can make even the worst day just a bit brighter. Strangely, I’ve never experienced anything similar regarding a pair of pants or shoes, and probably for the best, really. That could be a bit odd. Thinking about it, though, consider how many other people must own a similar shirt to yours, and yet we’d probably not think about that as we walk around. I’d have to theorize, then, that it’s got a lot to do with the excitement that a Dodge can create in traffic. Classic, aggressive and, I have to admit, a constant source of that goofy grin on my face.

 

Here’s hoping that you’ll return my wave or nod of approval should we meet on the street one day, and that you’ll know that I’m adding your ride to my “Dig What I Saw Today” list.


  • Del Swanson

    It is neat to share the nod or the wave of the “brotherhood of cool stuff”

    • http://www.problemchildkustoms.com/ Brian S.

      That little nod (or wave) always packs a ton of good feelings! I was going to experiment with creating new variations of the “thumbs-up”, but so far, my attempts have been misinterpreted as “I really dig your wavy hair” and “that guy loves addition”.

  • Aran de Baron

    Love the read Brian. I feel that anyone that comes on here is at a unified level of appreciation and that ‘feeling’ that life has been simplified by our fond memories of our favourite ride … and yes, it will always beat that experience; of buying a new pair of pants or shoes, haha

    • http://www.problemchildkustoms.com/ Brian S.

      Thanks, Aran! I have to agree: Even if the pants (or shoes, I suppose) in question were terribly worn, nothing compares to the feeling of seeing a favorite car, and knowing that we share a memory or two with someone else!

  • Joe Bortz

    Did you ever notice that fellow “like kind” car owners will always give you a break in traffic as well? It’s kind of a non spoken bond between the group of owners who dig what they drive. I always enjoy reading your blogs. I get more enjoyment reading your material than from the three different car magazines I subscribe to.

    • http://www.problemchildkustoms.com/ Brian S.

      I have noticed that! I always wondered if I was giving a bit too much credit to those breaks or impromptu rights-of-way, but now that you mention it… And big thanks for the kind words on the blogs! Glad to know that they’re being enjoyed!

  • Scott Summerson

    Hi guys, I guess I’m the first one here that has a truck, 04 Ram / 5.7 Hemi – Red, Anyway I have had my truck since 05 and almost every time I go out anywhere and park in a parking lot, when I come out of where ever it is, there is another Dodge Truck next to mine sometimes several all together! if there is a spot close to or next to a Dodge car or truck I will always grab that spot, we are like magnets to each other, and we do it without thinking about it! I think it’s Awesome!