Re: Goodbye SRT experience
Bittersweet news here. I recently attended my first SRT Track Experience, 5DEC2015 in Vegas, which turned out to be the second to last event the current crew was conducting, after running it for 9 years. While it was an awesome event (even had Hellcats and Vipers, which I was told would not be there), it was sad hearing how it is going to change in the coming year. As mentioned in previous posts, you will no longer be able to enjoy your local track, or different tracks around the country (which I thought was an excellent aspect of the program, and would have enticed me to participate again, had they continued the current program); it is only now offered in AZ with Bondourant. It may be a small point to some, but for a track event the catering was well above expectations which I have been told will no longer be the case; a nice breakfast and lunch was offered, making for a nice day, whereas future plans seem to be BYOC (chow). Also, as previously mentioned, with the new event you only get the first day free and have to pay for the following days if you want to try the Viper or Hellcats. While I honestly would have preferred a little more time in the Jeep (since I don't track mine), it was an excellent opportunity to get to run the Challenger Hellcat and Viper (I think a GTS, definitely not a TA or ACR) around the track and appreciate what they each have to offer. That, and without a doubt, the best part of the day was the hot lap in the Viper with one of the instructors (I went with Ricky). Of all the in-car videos from that day (14 in total), that is the one I watch the most.
My hope is that enough people who completed surveys from the event complained about the changes, as well as enough other people do the same here and other places that FCA/SRT follows, and maybe even they see a significant dip in participation, that they will go back to how it had been done (successfully) the previous 9 years. If they do, I will definitely go again (likely several times), and will go back to being a proponent of the event.
->2014 JGC SRT; White, Black chrome wheels, Pano, HK audio, Tow pkg, delivered 6JUN2014
->2011 Shelby GT500; FRPP 2.9 Whipple kit, 1-7/8" AR long tubes, etc.
->1966 Corvette Coupe (Pro Touring Resto); built LS7, T-56, SRIII chassis, much more
->2015 JGC Altitude (Wife's); Black on Black on Black, looks meaner than the SRT