Featured Member of the Week: Yellow Jacket

2012 SRT8 Challenger

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello, my names is Joe Manzella. I am 44 years old, married, and live in Greenville, SC. I was born and raised in Roxbury, NJ. I have 2 children, 1 boy who’s 21 and 1 girl who’s 16. I am a branch manager and have been with my company for over 10 years.
 2012 SRT8 Challenger

How did you first get interested in this hobby/passion?

I have been playing with cars since the age of 15, and have owned over 150 cars in my life. My wife and I are members of deep south Mopars. We attend car shows just about every week. I work in sales and enjoy going out on weekends and meeting new people. We travel to different states to shows and really enjoy it.

2012 SRT8 Challenger

What Rides do you currently own?

I own a 2012 SRT8 Yellow Jacket Challenger that is a limited edition. There’s only 500 made. I have customized it and win trophies just about every show.

2012 SRT8 Challenger

What do you like most about your Cool Rides?

I enjoy seeing different cars on Cool Rides Online. Before I bought my Challenger, I had a 72 SS Chevelle. I have had many cars and just don’t have time to work on them on weekends, so I decided to go more modern and have 500 hp and ac, and get 25mpg on the hwy lol.

 2012 SRT8 Challenger

What is the best memory you have with your favorite ride?

My 1968 Firebird; I bought the car with a blown engine for $500.00. In 1987, I bought a 455 engine from a friend. I installed the engine and test drove the car, and it would pull the wheels off the ground.

 2012 SRT8 Challenger

How do you store your ride(s) during infrequent use, and what maintenance tips can you provide for readers?

My car is garage kept. I keep a cover over my car and when I do take it out to go somewhere, I always park very far away from any other car. I change my oil every 3k miles.

 2012 SRT8 Challenger

What was the first car you ever owned?

A 1973 duster that I paid $25.00 for.

What is/was the BEST car ever made?

A 1968 Chevelle Super Sport. It’s easy to work on and easy to find parts for.

 2012 SRT8 Challenger

What is/was the WORST car ever made?

The Dodge Neon

How did you first hear about the Cool Rides Online website?


2012 SRT8 Challenger

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

Anyone can own a cool car, but the friendships and memories you make are priceless.