• 2015

Pick up Artist-ry.

Jeff Fowler’s 2005 Dodge Ram SRT10®

Jeff Fowler, Tacoma, WA

I wasn’t in the market for a new vehicle. I just happened to go by a dealership and saw it sitting there. I didn’t even realize there was a Dodge Ram SRT10®.

At the time I was driving a ’96 Dodge Ram. About a week later my wife and I went to take a look at it and took it out for a test drive and I just fell in love with it. I came back and said, “where do I sign?”

MY-SRT-10-award-winnerMy truck is a limited Ram SRT10®. They only made them for three years – 2004-2006. Mine is a 2005 pearl silver metallic with clear coat. They only made 200 that year. It’s got the factory Hurst six speed, it’s fully loaded with leather, and it’s got the 4:56 rear end and the Dana 60 axle. I like everything about it. I like the silver, it just really stands out, and it has the nice stripes on it. I like the spoiler on the back — you don’t see a lot of spoilers on Dodge Ram trucks.

My dad always taught me how to tune up cars, but older vehicles were so easy to work on compared to now. I did oil changes and tune-ups; that’s how I learned to take care of cars. I love Mopar® vehicles because of the styling. I love the late ‘60s and early ‘70s models, especially the Charger, Challenger, ‘Cuda and Road Runner – I love those cars.

I’ve been a Mopar guy all my life. In fact, my parents had Mopar vehicles. The first vehicle I can remember was a ‘51 Dodge station wagon my parents owned. You don’t see those anymore. Then my mom got a ‘57 Plymouth Fury and my dad bought a ‘68 Dodge Monaco. I wanted him to buy a Charger or Super Bee or something like that — but he bought a four-door Monaco, you know, practical. Growing up I had a ‘70 Charger 500, I also have a ‘70 AMX in the garage. It needs restoration, it’s tired.

I want a ’71 Dodge Challenger R/T SE in crazy purple — that’s the year I graduated from high school – that’s the next one on the radar for me. I also love the new SRT® Hellcat. I’d like to get one of those. Now, if they could make a Ram SRT Hellcat, that would be right up my alley.

As for my truck, I never race it, I never take it to the drags. I don’t have to prove it. It’s just so fast. It’ll do 160 easy. I do take it to shows. I usually win something, first or second place. I’ve won plaques and small trophies for my class.

I love driving my truck. Every time I push that start button it puts a smile on my face. It’s like I’ve been reborn or something. Every once in a while a car or truck comes along in your life and you just have to have it — and keep it.

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