When the latest iteration of the Dodge Challenger was released in 2008, it was designed to be a throwback to the iconic ’70 E-Body. The design nailed the look, and the car was an instant success. Since its reintroduction, the Challenger has been used for daily transportation, cruising, fun on the show field, and even racing. Not only has it been doing these things, it’s been doing them well.

Jack Snyder was one guy who really appreciated the retro looking car, and decided this second-year R/T would be his ride of choice. He knew that the car not only had to look the part of a vintage muscle car, but it needed to perform as well. To make sure that happened, he ordered this Stone White gem with a 5.7 Hemi and a six-speed gearbox. Jack also tells us that he ordered every option sans the block heater. As good as the combination is, like many car guys, he couldn’t leave it stock for very long. In fact, before the car even left the dealer’s lot, he knew he had to “upgrade” his Challenger a little bit. So he ordered items like the 20x9-inch Cragar wheels, an R/T stripe reminiscent of 1970, and a Hurst Pistol Grip shifter. Are you getting that retro vibe?

Once the car was in his possession, the mods kept on a comin’. The guys at Dan’s Driveline in Las Vegas made sure the suspension was fitted with Hotchkis and Eibach parts to increase the handling capabilities. Not only does it handle better, it lowered the car 21⁄4 inches up front, and 2 inches on the rear. To give the Hemi just a little more punch, a Predator Performance tune was installed, and a blackened Cervini’s Shaker scoop and cold-air kit do the job. Not only does it look good, it definitely helps with performance.

Jack says he uses the car mostly as daily transportation when he’s not working (he has a company car for that), and goes to cruises and shows when he can. He told of an experience he had while preparing to leave the Fall Classic All-Mopar Car Show held in Southern California: “I was putting the travel bra on the car when the owner of the Second Place Challenger came by to assist his team of car haulers who were loading his car into a tractor trailer rig. After congratulating me on winning the class, he asked what I was doing putting a travel bra on the car. I laughed and said, 'I have to get back to Vegas, and my Challenger is my transportation.' I could see the look in his eye when he realized his show car was beaten by a driver."

When the ’08 Challenger took the market by storm, its fate was sealed as a true late-model muscle car. Jack Snyder just helped and made it stone-cold cool.


Fast Facts 2009 Dodge Challenger
Jack Snyder - Las Vegas, Nevada

Mopar Power

Engine: What else? A 5.7 Hemi was the choice. It’s basically stock, with a Predator tune. He did, however, remove the primary mufflers and then added a crossover pipe.
Transmission: Nothing like grabbing your own gears when you want to. Jack has the option of doing six times.
Rear: It’s what you would expect—it's factory independent and features a 3.92

Sure Grip

Suspension: As good as the factory stuff is, Jack felt that an upgrade could be had by adding Hotchkis suspension parts and Eibach springs.
Brakes: Factory disc up front and on the rear.
Wheels/Tires: Before the car ever left the dealer lot, a set of 20x9-inch Cragar wheels were ordered. The factory tires were then installed.

High Impact

Paint/Body: Body is Stone White and features a few upgrades, if you will. The Cervini’s Shaker hood and retro R/T stripe harkens back to 1970, and color-matching the rocker covers and air dams gives the car a clean look.
Interior: Factory stock two-tone seats are complemented by the addition of the Pistol Grip shifter. Since tunes are a must on the various times behind the wheel, parts from Rockford Fosgate, Kicker, and 13 speakers make sure that the 1,390 watts get pronounced cleanly.