Jay Lightner’s Custom Muscle Earns High Praise at Spring Fest 5

Since its completion in August 2009, Jay Lightner’s 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 has garnered over a dozen awards. It’s been recognized for everything from the sick sound system (Winner, DUB Best Dodge & Best Audio, 2009) to its flawlessly executed custom paint job (semi-finalist, SEMA Mother’s Shine Award 2009), but nothing means quite as much to Jay as this newest accolade. Explained Jay, “The car has now won 12 Best of Shows…When the maker of the car gives you recognition that is something you have to appreciate.”

Although his humility in the face of his numerous awards is admirable, don’t let it fool you – this car is every bit as deserving as you might suspect. Everything from stem to stern was painstakingly custom crafted, right down to the hand-stitched leather. Many, many different hands were involved in building Jay’s vehicle, but you couldn’t tell from the seamless, impeccable craftsmanship. The body itself was modified by LA-area specialist Topo Villafana and is actually the first full metal wide-body “suicide” Charger to be created, replete with 4.5” wide custom front fenders. The slick paint job was mixed, poured, and applied by Lucky 7 Customs in Antioch, California and the perfectly-matched 3-piece rims were specially forged by US Wheels. Inside, the black-on-burnt-orange theme is continued with a unique pattern designed by Jay’s wife, Alicia, and brought to life by Oakley, California-based shop, Tony’s Upholstery.

Beneath the custom hood liner, the snarling 6.1-liter HEMI® received a blindingly bright make-over, including polished Inertia heads, Super Spartan cam, polished Airhammer intake, one-off power steering tank, one-off Coolant tank, and a color-matched engine brace. A Diablo Predator tune and Megan coil-overs round-out the performance upgrades while Billet Technology badges tie the fearsome theme together.

Hit the jump to check out more pics of the masterpiece and be sure to leave some love for Jay!

Want more? Hit up the Dodge Autos’ official Spring Fest 5 photo stream on Flickr.


    Posted May 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    That car is pretty tricked out. I would assume HAHA is jealous. Cool car, the engine compartment is really clean and I like the suicide doors.

  • 1bad4dr
    Posted May 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Jay’s whip is, by far, the best custom LX car I have had seen. As awesome as the car is, the owner is just as great. Jay is very humble, but is a true enthusiast and I am honored to have Jay as a friend.

  • moparman
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Well, for me it doesn’t help that he chose this car. That said, although the paint job is done very well, flames…have really been over done, in my opinion. I mean every cruise in/car show I’ve ever been to had at least a couple cars with flames on them.

    There are many times more cars in the world with flames on them than say…General Lees or General Lee clones.

    It’s just a theme that’s kinda worn out. Maybe it’s just me. Not into the flames.

  • 440
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I bet HAHA,would drool if this was a Honda or Toyota !!

    Posted May 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Permalink


    Chrysler has hired a new ad agency, Interpublic Group of Company’s Gotham, to create a new image campaign with the hopes of repairing customer perceptions of the company and its products. Maybe they will listen to what you and the rest of us has had to say so they can sell some vehicles already.

  • Posted May 16, 2010 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Great Looking Car. Love the paint scheme.

  • ruster1971
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Someone in Winnipeg is building himself a Charger but he’s getting a five-finger discount!! Somebody stole the hood & grill off of a SRT-Charger that a customer had at our dealership for repairs, and then they stole the front & rear seats from a brand new R/T-Charger that was sitting on the front row of our lot!! I’m surprised that they didn’t strip the SRT-Charger down to nothing!! They were probably scared off by something or they probably would have!!

  • Jeremy M.
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    Wow I Just saw this car in a car show down the street from my house in september about the 19th. Its amazing in person. They should have posted pictures of the trunk. Has a nice sound system. 4 memphis audio 12’s and a monitor in the trunk lid. Its really nice.

  • Garry
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Hey Jay. I love your car. I was lucky to peep it at Ditos Motors in South San Francisco. From one Charger lover to another, you inspire me, bro.

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