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Paul W. Smith

Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’

Just back from the press days of the New York auto show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The first day, this past Wednesday, was jammed. Day two, Thursday, not so much.

I’m hoping the “Public Days” do well, with big crowds of people coming in to see the latest and greatest. Let’s face it, we love our cars; we just need everyone else to love “our” cars, as well.

From what I could see, they will, now, more than ever. Everyone is presenting the best cars ever. And for now, money is still relatively cheap.

Our sponsor, FCA, made a couple of big splashes with their 707 horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. (I guess soccer moms wanted to have the ability to go 180 miles per hour, but I hope they do not realize that potential on our roads.)

The smoke of the Trackhawk reveal had not cleared the air when the thunderous arrival of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon blew the doors off everything at the show — 840 certified wheelie popping horsepower will do that.

Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles told me he was very excited about this Guinness Book of World Records entry. And for good reason. It’s awesome. For the right responsible customer. It did later occur to me that, as the head of passenger car brands, this fire breather has only the driver’s seat on board !

Dodge head of passenger car brands Tim Kuniskis talks about features for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon during a media preview for the New York International Auto Show.

(Tim did assure me you can put another front seat in it for $1, and a back seat for a buck more. However, I seriously doubt you will get many takers bold enough to sit still for a ride with more G forces thrown at them than any other Earth-bound vehicle).

Paul W. Smith is host of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.