Bob S 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 2dr Hardtop Coupe

Twin Chargers on the Brickyard

Back in 1980, my wife and I, (she was expecting our 1st child) her neice and a dear friend headed to Indianapolis from Princeton, W VA in our Dodge Chargers. Mine was a '68 R/T, 440 Magnum, 4 spd. with the Dana 60 rear, and his was a '69 with the identical power train. Via the U.S. Mail, we had sent in our entry forms months ahead to be participants in the June 1980 Car Craft Magazine Street Machine Car Show. Both cars were in near mint condition. We enjoyed cruising the interstates in our Chargers and we got a lot of looks along the way. We had a great time at the show. On Sunday afternoon as the show was wrapping up and the door prizes were being awarded, my friend wanted to leave early and beat the crowds. (there were 5,000 entrants in the show) My wife and I wanted to stay and try our chance at winning a door prize. In order for us to travel back home together, my friend decided to stick around, he waited for us at the other end of the fairgrounds. After all prizes were distributed and the only one left was the grand prize, a fully customized 1980 Pontiac Firebird, we waited anxiously to see who the lucky person would be. Well, when the ticket was drawn and the announcer stated that the grand prize winner was driving a Dodge Charger from Princeton, W VA , you can imagine the excitement my wife and I experienced. It seemed like an eternity before he asked Damon Wade, my friend to come to the stage. Again, he was at the other end of the fairground and it took an hour to track him down and convince him that he was the winner. My wife and I were ldisappointed that we did not win the car, but we were happy for Damon.

So, my most memorable time in a classic car was that trip to and from from Indy. On the return trip back home with Damon in the lead driving his Charger, my wife had the pleasure of driving the Firebird and me picking up the rear in my Charger. We had a great time, got a lot of looks from passing motorists and I savored every mile of the trip.

Oh, I almost forgot, the icing on the cake was that the first 500 entrants to the car show had the opportunity to drive their car on the Brickyard...and we did that very thing! That too, was awesome!

Bob Sawyer

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