May 4, 2012 4:25 PM
Viper owners sure know how to throw a party.
About 500 hale and hearty members of that special auto club
attended a gala just hours after the 2013 SRT® Viper and its
soul mate, the non-street legal and competition-ready 2013 SRT
Viper GTS-R, were introduced to the media at the New York
International Auto Show last month. And the owners – from all
over North America and abroad – were able to get an up-close
look at the two motorized guests of honor at the gala held at
Skylight SoHo in the SoHo section of Manhattan.
“Chrysler hit a home run with these two models,” said
Charles Cole from Steamboat Springs, Colo. “They are
absolutely stunning just sitting here. Imagine what they’ll
look like on a track!”
sight of these two supercars seemed to make the well-heeled owners
weak at the knees, while at the same time shifting the atmosphere
in the room into high gear. And the deep pockets of the Viper
owners were matched only by their big hearts. A $50,000 check was
presented to the New York Police and
Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. The money
was raised from the registration fees that the Viper owners paid to
attend the event.
Later in the evening, public and silent auctions raised more than
$110,000 for the Young Detroit
Builders project, which, among other activities, rebuilds and
repairs homes for low-income families. Its members also participate
in community service projects.
Finally, the members of the SRT Team announced that the very first
hand-made 2013 SRT Viper to come off of the Connor Avenue Plant
assembly line in Detroit would be auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson
Auction House. The owners went wild upon hearing the news.
Barrett-Jackson issued a statement:
“It is an honor for
Barrett-Jackson to offer such a significant car at our Orange
County event to benefit such an exceptional cause as the Austin Hatcher
Foundation (for Pediatric Cancer, the American Le Mans
Series’ official charity). We are proud to be a part of what
is sure to be a monumental and memorable moment for all
The Barrett-Jackson Orange County (Calif.) auction featuring
the sale of the first 2013 SRT Viper will be the weekend of June
See our Flickr set for more images from the SRT
One of the many items during the silent auction was a print of the
various early versions of the new SRT Viper Stryker logo.