I grew up in a car
an engineer at
used to go
to racetracks and car shows.
in the 1990s
I was walking
campus one day
saw a Dodge Viper on display in the Engineering Mall.
was up. I
thought this was
the coolest, most exotic American car
It had a V-10 engine partially developed by Lamborghini.
I ended up going to law school, raising kids, and driving boring cars.
But, in 2016, I started looking for a Viper. I found one at a local dealership
bought it, and drove it for five years.
Then, when Dodge announced the end of Viper production
they had a homecoming at the factory in Detroit in 2017.
My dad and I went. We got to tour the assembly plant
ee how these cars had been built by hand.
There were about 200 Vipers there, and I saw one in Snakeskin Green paint.
The color spoke to me. I told my dad, “I need to find a Viper in that color