Of quaking and living: Kurt Molzer rides the '69 Charger R/T

Since Kurt started writing for ramp again and driving these insane, up to 1,000 horsepower supercars, he's been losing more and more touch with and interest in normal life - according to himself. What helps? Hopefully this completely normal madness behind the wheel of a 1969 Dodge Charger.
Text Marko Knab
Photo Matthias Mederer & Marko Knab · ramp.pictures

Five US classic cars to choose from. And after a long back and forth? Kurt Molzer decides on an apple-green 1969 Dodge Charger R/T with a silver skull and crossbones on the radiator grille. 432 horsepower, the same year Woodstock took place! We fear: Kurt can't help but put the pedal to the medal. And hope that he himself will stay cool anyway. Its not like Armin, the owner of the 7.2-liter V8 Musclecar, warned him in advance: »This doesn't have too much in common with driving a car, it's more like boating on the Mississippi, mainly because of this rubbery steering, firm suspension or not.« More specifically: Rocket boating on the Missisippi. How that was meant? »You pretty much don't feel the road. In curves, that can become a problem. You should estimate the radius pretty accurately beforehand, then take aim and drive through without corrections.«

Yes, driving a car like this is actually fun - as Kurt quickly and, above all deafeningly loud realized while on the road. In the city, of course, purely in the service of science. His three-part research question here is: »How do people react to a gas-guzzling berserker with a skull on the front? Am I about to get some environmental activists on my back? Will they hate me and stone me?«
Let's reveal this much: The city survived Kurt, Kurt survived the City - of course not without reprimanding the youth in the meantime.

But two sentences from Armin in particular stuck in Kurt's mind. As the owner of the Charger said: »As a matter of principle, I would advise against going full throttle into a bend. Otherwise, that's guaranteed to make the local news.«

"With full force, the tail was about to break away. Keep calm. Don't rush the steering wheel. Don't take your foot off the gas. Otherwise it might start to swing. "

Kurt Molzer

But we know our Kurt. After all, what else did he do all his racing for? And besides: the thrill of the forbidden! What Mr. Molzer was up to on this quiet country road, free of trees, with clear curves surrounded by fields … you can imagine. He got back to normal life. At least a little bit.

→ How Kurt's drift turns out, what he experiences with the Skull-Charger in a handicapped parking lot and what all this has to do with a six-pack, you can read in rampstyle #24.

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