Dodge Challenger Forum banner

1 - 20 of 27 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,732 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
I am very lucky to live within 40 mins of some world-class drives.

This morning I took my Challenger along scenic Angeles Crest Highway, which meanders 50 miles into the Angeles National Wilderness, and up the San Bernardino Mountains. The views are fantastic and the road tons of fun.

I hit the road at sunrise before Corollas and Priuses clog the road. It was a hoot driving the Challenger on this Hwy.

Here are some shots I took.



The road






View of Mount Baldy




San Bernardino Mountains


View of the Mojave Desert from the top of the San Bernardino Mountains


One more
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,293 Posts
Wow! Some great vistas there, car look great too! Could you feel a little power loss at elevation?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,732 Posts
Discussion Starter #6 (Edited)
Wow! Some great vistas there, car look great too! Could you feel a little power loss at elevation?
Thanks!

I did not, to be honest.

The road is so curvy, I kept the shifter between 3rd and 4th gears most of the time. Between 2,000-3,000 RPMs, the 392 just leaps forward as soon as you stomp on the gas. It was sweet hearing the growl of the HEMI echo off the mountain sides, too.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,732 Posts
Discussion Starter #9

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,732 Posts
Discussion Starter #10 (Edited)
Where are these pics taken?? I'll be working in the San Fransisco bay area soon. Taking my Challenger, even if I can't garage it!!
This the section of Hwy CA 2, right north of Los Angeles, in La Cañada.

It is a famous route, made popular in Motor Trend and Road & Track articles. By 9:30am the road starts to get busy with expensive sports cars, slow tourists and fast motorcycles, which is why you need to hit it at sunrise. As you can see, I had the road to myself.

Angeles Crest Hwy., CA 33 north of Ojai, Mulholland Drive, Ortega Hwy., and Pacific Coast Hwy (between Malibu and Santa Barbara, and between San Simeon and Carmel) are favorite for testing cars, bikes and photoshoots.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,732 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
Nice shots.

A Challenger, a open road, a little imagination and a camera = will a nice day.

Thanks for sharing.

:cheers:
Indeed. Thanks!

Saw yours too: very nice shots! Love the orange.

A handsome subject makes photographing so much easier LOL
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,732 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
A few more







 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
This the section of Hwy CA 2, right north of Los Angeles, in La Cañada.

It is a famous route, made popular in Motor Trend and Road & Track articles. By 9:30am the road starts to get busy with expensive sports cars, slow tourists and fast motorcycles, which is why you need to hit it at sunrise. As you can see, I had the road to myself.

Angeles Crest Hwy., CA 33 north of Ojai, Mulholland Drive, Ortega Hwy., and Pacific Coast Hwy (between Malibu and Santa Barbara, and between San Simeon and Carmel) are favorite for testing cars, bikes and photoshoots.
I like Ortega, but its a little on the short side - and for some odd reason one of the more dangerous spots to drive. Angeles crest is fantastic, and I'll have to check out the CA 33.

Great pictures. I don't think I'd have the patience to pull over and get out if I had an SRT. Just an R/T for now...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,265 Posts
Very nice pictures of your SRT and the icy scenery! Driving to the keys today, in our (I hate to admit it) mini van.

Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,732 Posts
Discussion Starter #18 (Edited)
I like Ortega, but its a little on the short side - and for some odd reason one of the more dangerous spots to drive. Angeles crest is fantastic, and I'll have to check out the CA 33.

Great pictures. I don't think I'd have the patience to pull over and get out if I had an SRT. Just an R/T for now...
LOL

I drove 50 miles eastbound non-stop; stopped for photos on the way back --with the sun behind me. It totals 100 miles of fun, or about 2.5 hours both ways with so many hairpins.

The one thing about Angeles Crest Hwy: you have to keep your eyes on the road for fallen rock at ALL times. Despite the plow trucks clearing debris constantly, there are a couple of sections towards the eastern end of the drive where you may need to come to a near complete stop to negotiate around the rocks.

I blew a front tire on it a year ago, without a spare or cell reception. I was able to turn around and limp 25 miles until I got reception...only to find out that Chrysler Roadside Assistance does NOT cover flats. I learned my lesson and now carry a spare tire kit in the car. BTW, the added weight of the spare so far back and low actually balances the car nicely, too: that rear end likes to slide around a little more easily in tight turns...FUN!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,881 Posts
The pics are awe inspiring. Your Challenger and the scenery surrounding it are beautiful.

Got any video? hint, hint.............
 
1 - 20 of 27 Posts
Top