So here it is, at long last -- my 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 test drive. As a rule, I try to avoid whining about how hard my job is -- I drive cars and write about them for a living, how hard can it be? -- but I have to tell you, this one really threw me for a loop. I wrote no fewer than a half-dozen different versions, two of which I came very close to publishing. One involved a dream I had one night, in which I drove the Challenger to a Chrysler media event. In the dream, I had a conversation with a Chrysler executive about the Challenger that just so happened to correspond perfectly to the About.com Cars review template. I wrote it, edited it, re-read it, and promptly began contemplating a change in career.
Why the sudden obsession with perfection? When it comes to old muscle cars, I'm a Chrysler man through-and-through, and the Challenger struck a deep emotional chord, so really I wanted to get this one right. You know what they say -- if at first you don't succeed...and if at second, and at third, and at fourth, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Finally, after enough tries, I got what I wanted. Here it is. -- Aaron Gold
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