Reader's Rides: Arick Voigt


This Floridian traded his way up to a car as beautiful as the background he drives it in.

Myname is Arick Voigt. I'm a 25 year old Floridian now living in Colorado and havebeen a car fanatic since I was a little kid and got to ride in my dad'sfriend's C4 Corvette. But the obsession with cars really kicked off when I was15; my uncle let me thrash his '77 Trans Am around a parking lot. My first car was a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE Coupe. Nothing special there. But my 2nd car was a Special Edition 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. Other than the FWD, it was a fun car.

After about 2 years in the Grand Prix, I traded it in for a 2006 Dodge Magnum R/T. The RWD, shockingly good reliability and 5.7 HEMI were such eye openers that after 3 years, I traded it for my current car; a 2007 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T in "Sub Lime" Green. It is #1036 of 1500 made for the United States. Other than exhaust, it's stock. It has 350hp and 390 lb-ft torque. What I love about the Daytona Chargers is how much of the SRT8's parts are in it, the near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, the way power is delivered, the SRT seats, the Mercedes-derived 4-wheel independent suspension and a Mercedes-derived transmission that feels utterly bulletproof, considering the last gen. S65 AMG and all its torque used the same one.

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My short-term goal is to add a C7 Stingray to my garage in a year or two. My dream car list is enormous, but if I had to choose just one car to call my pride and joy, it would have to be either a Lime Light Green 1971 426 Hemi 'Cuda or a black on black McLaren MP4-12C Spider.