Raging Bull

4 01 2012

On Tuesday I Accepted a challenge from my Friend Matt. The Challenge is to be the first blog to write 12 Posts in 2012 and beat the other contenders. Now I thought I would start off this challenge with a Charge, A Charge to Victory. Now you may not have noticed the pun there. Well my first post is about an Icon in the History of Automobile’s. A TV Star, One of the First Muscle Cars and Compared to all the other vehicles on the Market it was a Raging Bull. The Dodge Charger.

Dodge Charger 1969

GM and Ford were battling for muscle car supremacy with Ford having a clear lead in front. Then Chrysler decided to get involved and just like both the Mustang and the Camaro, Chrysler made another Iconic Muscle car. Chrysler used one of their subsidiary companies called Dodge and in 1966 they released the Dodge Charger. The term muscle car looks like it was created for the Charger. The Charger was big and it looked mean and nasty. The Mustang and Camaro were sleek horses whereas the Charger was a raging bull.  According to MuscleCarClub.com “the Charger was launched in 1966 and quickly became a sales hit with its dramatic fuselage styling of 1968. From the beginning, it packed serious muscle, from the 318 V8 to the all mighty 426 Hemi. Finally, the MOPAR street crowd had some serious midsize muscle to bring to the party”.

The Charger also became a TV Star. In between 1979-1985 an American TV show called The Dukes of Hazzard (Opening Credits) was about Bo and Luke Duke who are a couple of Moonshine Runners who live with their cousin Daisy and their wise old uncle Jesse. One of the other stars of the show was General Lee – a Dodge Charger with a confederate flag on it. Due to the show’s success General Lee became a famous car and it also helped to turn the Charger into an Icon. One of the biggest changes in the past 30-40 years is the Dodge Charger. The Charger is no longer much of a Muscle car and is now more of a Sedan. However Dodge has a new Muscle car on the block, the Dodge Challenger. The Challenger does have the styling of the original Charger but it is much larger than the original Charger.

The Dodge Charger is one of the Great Icons in American Automobile Manufacturing and while it does not have the Rage in it anymore it has passed on this Ferocity to the Next Generation. The Dodge Challenger is this New Generation and it honours its ancestry by being the toughest, meanest car on the Market. The Raging Bull is here to stay.

GENEPOOL

Statistics:

First 12 for 12: 1 – 11 to go

Last Book I Read: The Bible

Last TV show I watched: Hairy Bikers (I listened to it because the TV was behind me)

Latest Piece of Music I have heard: IKEA by Mitch Benn

Last piece of Food I ate: Microwaveable Chocolate Pudding with After Eight Ice Cream

Main Colour of Clothing I am Wearing: Black

Web Pages that I have open: WordPress, AWhiteHorizon, HannahLikesSheepBaa, Mitch Benn IKEA Song (YouTube)

Am I Winning this Challenge: Not at the Moment


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14 responses

5 01 2012
Hannah

Mitch Benn! He’s part of this musical comedy night in London that I went to in October and it was cool 🙂 I think I’m going next week too.. I think my friend got me a ticket… but yeah, Mitch Benn!

5 01 2012
numb3r5s

IKEA

5 01 2012
Tim

I’m not usually a fan of that sort of car in general, but the Charger is cool. V. Cool…

5 01 2012
numb3r5s

I wouldn’t mind owning one (When I get a drivers licence and the money and an Original).

5 01 2012
The Colclough

very informative – i feel all educated now.

and i liked the pun.

5 01 2012
numb3r5s

Thankyou for noticing my comedy.

5 01 2012
The Colclough

you’re welcome.

6 01 2012
numb3r5s

Thankyou

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