Featured Member Of The Week: Mopar Tim

From the heart of Switzerland, roaring in the Alps.

1970DodgeCharger-650The owner of this 1970 Dodge Charger R/T is Tim Ogi.  He is 21 years old and lives in Switzerland.  One thing he mentions is that he has been a huge US car fan for many years.  His family as a matter of fact is crazy about these type of cars and he mentions that they push each other more and more into the hobby of restoring these amazing cars.  Below is just a little more about what Tim shared with us, including some of his dream cars which I have a feeling some of these are on many of our own wishlists.

How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?

A friend of mine (Chris Giardina – ’69 Charger R/T) won the “Ride of the month”-award.

What Cool Rides do you currently own?

I drive a 2012 Ford Mustang GT/CS for more or less daily transportation (except when there’s salt on the road) and as a weekend cruiser a 1970 Charger R/T with a four speed.

Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special?

Of course that’s the Charger. What makes it special? Well look at it and the landscape that surrounds the car. A brute, loud, anti-social muscle car in sophisticated Europe, where a lot of people think cars like VW Golf are hot rides. It stands out, people love it and it’s sure as hell fun to drive! Even in the twisty Alps it really does the job with PB & PS, front discs and rear Koni shocks. And since we rebuilt the engine it’s probably the loudest car in a circle of 50 miles. And of course I love the 4-Speed (Hurst on the floor) 😉

What’s next for your Cool Ride?  Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?

We just rebuilt the whole engine and did a lot with it in the last years. Next we will probably exchange the A-833 18-spline HEMI 4-Speed for a more modern Tremec-unit, so that I can actually drive on the European highways without hitting almost 4k RPM at normal driving speeds. Of course the 4-Speed would stay with the car.

What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?

Hmm, difficult? Well, the engine rebuild was quite tricky as the last guy who did work on it sure as hell wasn’t a pro. So it needed quite a lot of work to really perform well again.

What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?

It’s probably when I entered our biggest meeting in Switzerland (2’500+ old US-Cars) and everybody just looked at it with the chin down on the asphalt. But it’s the quantity of good memories that makes it special. Old grandmas that say that I have a nice ride, old guys that turn around when I drive by, joyriding in our beautiful scenery with other US-Car-friends…

What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?

Well, there are some possibilities:

1.) 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Hemi 4-Speed

2.) 1969 1/2 A12 Dodge Coronet Super Bee 440 Six-Pack 4-Speed

3.) 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi 4-Speed

4.) So many more, including GMs and Fords

Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy.  Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?

No rain/salt, good garage, possibly with climate/humidity control, always doing the maintenance and not sparing costs in the wrong place.

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

I guess that’s about it.


Thank you Tim for sharing with us, this is a really great looking ride.  So what do you guys think? Share your thoughts in the comments below or join the conversation in our forums.


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