• May 11, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

If any of you were stuck in traffic trying to get through the Detroit Windsor tunnel late last week, we may now know why. There was no major international incident or terrorist crackdown happening. Apparently, Chrysler Canada CEO Reid Bigland grabbed a fresh-off-the-line Dodge Challenger SRT8 and headed over to Detroit from his office in Windsor, Ontario. Agents of the Customs and Border Protection Service decided they wanted to check out Chrysler's new muscle car. Several agents spent time going over the new Challenger and asking questions about it rather than processing travelers through the downtown Detroit border crossing point. Traffic quickly got backed up and according to Bigland there was about an hour delay by the time the agents let him proceed. Oh, and they never even asked for Bigland's ID.


[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they were fired.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What were they gaurding?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great story, unless I was stuck behind the car in question. They seriously couldn't just move the car to the side and let everyone else pass?

      it seems there has been a lot of this sort of stuff going on recently. With the One Lap of American finishing up, it seems like there were a lot of cars on The Lap that got "pulled" over for some "curious" reasons.

      Randall Prince
      www.easyautosales.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would do the same thing. I'm dying to check out the Challenger SRT8 in real life.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nice to know... Obviously he hasn't and wants to.
        • 6 Years Ago
        meh, why. Been there, done that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, this is Canada we're talking about, there's nothing of importance to blow up there.

      I jest, I jest.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sounds like something you'd hear corrupt border guards from third world countries doing.

      Oh wait, Michigan IS a third world country.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Michigan is a country?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't tell from the above pic if its a new design or just a replica. When creating a retro design is too much to ask, just rip the original off curve for curve.

      You could always put the car on a scale to see if its new or old, thanks to the effects of modern technology and light plastics.

      Oh wait, nevermind...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think I speak for everyone when I say "what?". I assume you were trying to be funny, possibly sarcastic, but you missed. Completely.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it made in Mexico or something?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You wouldn't think somehting built in Canada would be that alien to a bunch of Detroit border guards, maybe they really do put the "bord" in border there.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's built at Chrysler's Brampton Ontario plant along with the other LX platform vehicles. That's the CEO of Chrysler Canada was driving it
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can hardly wait to see this bad boy cruising the streets!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't give the bad guys any ideas by using an all-new car as a distraction.

      When the first new Camaro crosses via the DW Tunnel there might be REAL terrorists in it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bet you wish you had that nice '70 Camaro now;-).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Speaking of new Camaros crossing the Canadian Border, My wife and I went to Canada in June 1970. We had a brand spanking new 701/2 RS/SS Classis Copper Camero. The first question was, "What did you buy in Canada"..."Lunch", next, "What kind of car is this, pull over there!"
        He even had his fingers in the ash tray before he let us go through. THAT was a beautiful car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Quality government work. I feel safe now. With an hour delay, any terrorists would have probably blown themselves up out of frustration before actually getting to the crossing!
        • 6 Years Ago
        In Canada nonetheless. GOOD WORK GUYS!
      • 6 Years Ago
      No way the CEO embellished this story to get press, right?
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