A group of local motor enthusiasts recently paid tribute to the Chrysler Valiant Charger, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021.
The Charger model arrived in the latter half of 1971 and despite winning the 'Australian Wheels Car of the Year' that year and its popularity, it was only produced over a seven year period.
Over the past several months Charger owners across Australia have participated in a range of activities organised by their respective auto clubs and vehicle interest groups.
Lincoln Auto Club members Rolly Binns, Rick Price and Hilton Trigg, with their respective partners, got together with their Chargers recently to go on a short regional cruise to celebrate the anniversary.
Mr Binns was service manager for Cairns Chrysler when the Charger was launched and said he owned one before the model he had now.
"Of course I had to have one, and did, however the Charger was not ideal for delivering parts so it was reluctantly replaced," he said.
"The fact that we have now returned to Charger ownership decades later is icing on the cake."
Mr Price said his desire to enter muscle car ownership was realised in 2007 when he sought out a 1977 CL Charger, which required work on the body and trim.
"This led to a stripped down bare metal restoration, then repainted and trimmed in original format," he said.
"Evident by the comments received on three Bay to Birdwood rallies, and two road trips around Tasmania, the vehicle is a great example of the last model Charger ever built."
Mr Trigg said it was symbolic the models that took part in the local celebration cruise represented the beginning and end of the Charger production run and while they were now half a century old, they were still a pleasure to drive.
"One of those pleasures is responding to the iconic 'V' finger salute and 'Hey Charger' greeting," he said.
"The fact that this acknowledgement still exists 40 years after the iconic promotional campaign ended, is an indication of the impact it had at the time."
Article courtesy of Lincoln Auto Club.
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