turboswede UltimaDork
7/12/10 3:35 p.m.

Honestly, after watching the 3rd episode of the 15th season of Top Gear, and then this. I have to say I think JG and the rest of the GRM crew are now better at making entertaining car-related films than Top Gear!

Great film, JG. Congrats on 20 years, go USA! and hope you can keep your Thai Food down in the future :)

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amg_rx7 Dork
7/12/10 4:35 p.m.

That steering wheel looks as big as the donuts. :)

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
7/12/10 5:28 p.m.

Thanks guys. Not bad for a one-man crew on a Sunday, eh?

I want to like the Challenger more than I do. The numbers are all there—big power, big tires, lots of gears, big brakes—but the whole seems less than the sum of the parts. The size is certainly working against it. When I stopped for gas I was standing there filling it and I suddenly realized that the trunk lid was even with the middle of my chest. It's a physically imposing car, and I don't think that's helping in the user-friendly department.


Quasi Mofo
Quasi Mofo MegaDork
7/12/10 6:24 p.m.

That and the Irish call you a wee little man J.G.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
7/12/10 6:30 p.m.

Five and a half feet with my big boy shoes on. Still, no "car" should have a truck at man-boob height.


mistanfo UltraDork
7/12/10 6:55 p.m.

is the trunk at man boob level for a teenager, or should you be wearing a Brozier?

dean1484 UltimaDork
7/12/10 6:56 p.m.

That is some funny stuff rite there!!!! GRM needs a TV show!!!!!

Although I am a huge Hendrix fan I was so hoping for the Dukes of hazard music with the horn dubbed in.

Ohya. Just because I noticed it how did you get the camera to move / follow you if you were all alone? About at the halfway point of the video or close to the start of gratuitous examples of american HP & Torque.

Keep these videos coming!!!!!!

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
7/12/10 7:09 p.m.

Hey, someone noticed my camera moves. Nothing gets by you guys.

That's all Hollywood magic. I just shoot a lot higher resolution than I need so there's plenty of extra image area that I can pan around in the editing process. After some practice you can start to make the animated movements look pretty "real," as if someone were holding the camera. Go back and take another look. Some look pretty realistic, but a couple are a little too smooth and fluid to be actual hands moving a camera.


Oh, and my boobs are at regular height, and I'm not a midget as defined by the law.

ansonivan Dork
7/13/10 9:22 a.m.

I like what you did with the sound levels, quiet for the introduction, loud for the action. Looking forward to future installments.

scardeal Dork
7/13/10 10:17 a.m.

JG: I just want you to know that I'm just as short as you. But I think you can take me in a fight.

JohnGalt Reader
7/13/10 8:30 p.m.

Good looking cars. I parked beside one at a gas station last Sunday. Made my RX-8 look quite small. One question, where is the handbreak? Can you just not see it from that angle?

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
7/13/10 9:19 p.m.

The handbrake is operated by your foot.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

Yeah, it's got a Hemi. When Chrysler brought back the Challenger, they were quick to show that performance was part of the package. The model lineup included the fabled Hemi, part of the SRT8 package.

The 6.1-liter Hemi can now be ordered with a six-speed manual (a five-speed auto was the only original offering) plus some new colors, including Furious Fuschia (shown here) and Detonator Yellow (our test car).

Small disclosure: Dodge doesn't have a published weight for the six-speed Hemi Challenger—or if we do, we can't find it. The weight listed is for the automatic car.

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