The day had come to collect Lucy up from the restoration shop. I had mixed feelings. From being nervous about driving her for the first time in 3 years to being excited beyond words. I uplifted the Challenger from the resto shop on the 23rd of December 2005, 2 days before Christmas. I've said it the past but this time, without a doubt, it was true. This was by far the best Christmas present EVER haha!
Lucy was cleaned, polished and given her final seal of approval by the restoration shop. We had a 30 min discussion about oil, fluids, GPS tracking alarm functions, etc before finally been given the keys. OK... key in the ignition...the starter whines... BROOOOM. The restoration is over. She's all mine. What. A. Feeling! The drive was fantastic. It was so tight and firm on the road, I loved it. So many looks and thumbs up even on her maiden voyage. When I eventually returned home haha, it was time to drive my family around first. Mum, Dad, my sister then my cousins. After that, it was first in, first served.
For New Years 2005/06 I took Lucy up North for our maiden voyage together. We clocked up around 2,000km (1,200-miles) driving time. She drove superbly, not a single problem, she never missed a beat. I was over the moon. The handling was surprisingly fantastic, as let's face it, muscle cars aren't the greatest corner lovers ever made.
We got plenty of thumbs up, waves and people coming over to have a closer inspection of the car. One guy who followed had one hand on the wheel and the other trying frantically to take footage on his cellphone. Hard-case. I even had one girl at a petrol station say, "Whoa, that's a cute little car!" Little!?!? haha. Anyhow, Lucy deserved all the attention she had received and I was one very proud Mopar owner to say the least.
I hope you enjoyed viewing he restoration. It was a very long 3 years. But, the money, stress and time have all been worth it. Now it's time to enjoy the car as this is what she was built to, drive. A very special thank you to Adam who built the Challenger and now works at the Upper Hutt VTNZ. With his help, he meticulously restored Lucy to what she is today. We worked together to build and restore Lucy to my tastes and needs. I couldn't have gone through a build like this without Adam or more importantly, my Mum, Dad, Sister and family support. Keep safe everyone.... see you on the blacktop.