I grew up in a car dealership. My father was an engineer at General Motors

we used to go to racetracks and car shows. While attending Purdue University in the 1990s

I was walking around campus one day and saw a Dodge Viper on display in the Engineering Mall.

The bonnet was up. I thought this was the coolest, most exotic American car I've ever seen

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