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A raft of important production models from the last hundred years were available for me to either drive or ride in.

Dodge is 100 years old this year. So, as happened on Ford’s recent centennial, the 50-year birthday of the Porsche 911, and others, the company has an excuse to trot out the highlights of its history next to its upcoming model lineup, and declare that “these are the fruits of the Dodge Boys’ tree whose roots have grown strong.” Or something like that. Never so hampered by marketing skepticism that I’ll pass up the opportunity to burn someone else’s rubber, I was happy to drive out to Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills, MI – former grand estate of the Dodge family – to hear the spiel.

Chrysler Group Historian Brandt Rosenbusch, the lucky so-and-so that manages the corporate museum, brought out an insanely great selection of motoring history for myself and my colleagues to take in, photograph, and drive. Greeting us in the swanky circle drive in front of the Dodge manse was a smattering of Dodge concept cars from the last twenty years or so, Viper, Sidewinder and Demon concepts included. Continuing out the gates, however, were a raft of important production models from the last hundred years, all available for me to either drive or (in some delicate instances) ride in. My mission, beyond keeping the stupid grin off my face long enough to look like a serious journalist, was to suss out any link between the past and the future of Dodge.

Spoiler: I found it. And I only broke one car in the process.

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July 3rd, 2014

Dodge lets us drive 100-years’ worth of history [w/videos]

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A raft of important production models from the last hundred years were available for me to either drive or ride in.

Dodge is 100 years old this year. So, as happened on Ford’s recent centennial, the 50-year birthday of the Porsche 911, and others, the company has an excuse to trot out the highlights of its history next to its upcoming model lineup, and declare that “these are the fruits of the Dodge Boys’ tree whose roots have grown strong.” Or something like that. Never so hampered by marketing skepticism that I’ll pass up the opportunity to burn someone else’s rubber, I was happy to drive out to Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills, MI – former grand estate of the Dodge family – to hear the spiel.

Chrysler Group Historian Brandt Rosenbusch, the lucky so-and-so that manages the corporate museum, brought out an insanely great selection of motoring history for myself and my colleagues to take in, photograph, and drive. Greeting us in the swanky circle drive in front of the Dodge manse was a smattering of Dodge concept cars from the last twenty years or so, Viper, Sidewinder and Demon concepts included. Continuing out the gates, however, were a raft of important production models from the last hundred years, all available for me to either drive or (in some delicate instances) ride in. My mission, beyond keeping the stupid grin off my face long enough to look like a serious journalist, was to suss out any link between the past and the future of Dodge.

Spoiler: I found it. And I only broke one car in the process.

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July 3rd, 2014

Dodge lets us drive 100-years’ worth of history [w/videos]

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A raft of important production models from the last hundred years were available for me to either drive or ride in.

Dodge is 100 years old this year. So, as happened on Ford’s recent centennial, the 50-year birthday of the Porsche 911, and others, the company has an excuse to trot out the highlights of its history next to its upcoming model lineup, and declare that “these are the fruits of the Dodge Boys’ tree whose roots have grown strong.” Or something like that. Never so hampered by marketing skepticism that I’ll pass up the opportunity to burn someone else’s rubber, I was happy to drive out to Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills, MI – former grand estate of the Dodge family – to hear the spiel.

Chrysler Group Historian Brandt Rosenbusch, the lucky so-and-so that manages the corporate museum, brought out an insanely great selection of motoring history for myself and my colleagues to take in, photograph, and drive. Greeting us in the swanky circle drive in front of the Dodge manse was a smattering of Dodge concept cars from the last twenty years or so, Viper, Sidewinder and Demon concepts included. Continuing out the gates, however, were a raft of important production models from the last hundred years, all available for me to either drive or (in some delicate instances) ride in. My mission, beyond keeping the stupid grin off my face long enough to look like a serious journalist, was to suss out any link between the past and the future of Dodge.

Spoiler: I found it. And I only broke one car in the process.

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July 3rd, 2014

Dodge lets us drive 100-years’ worth of history [w/videos]

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A raft of important production models from the last hundred years were available for me to either drive or ride in.

Dodge is 100 years old this year. So, as happened on Ford’s recent centennial, the 50-year birthday of the Porsche 911, and others, the company has an excuse to trot out the highlights of its history next to its upcoming model lineup, and declare that “these are the fruits of the Dodge Boys’ tree whose roots have grown strong.” Or something like that. Never so hampered by marketing skepticism that I’ll pass up the opportunity to burn someone else’s rubber, I was happy to drive out to Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills, MI – former grand estate of the Dodge family – to hear the spiel.

Chrysler Group Historian Brandt Rosenbusch, the lucky so-and-so that manages the corporate museum, brought out an insanely great selection of motoring history for myself and my colleagues to take in, photograph, and drive. Greeting us in the swanky circle drive in front of the Dodge manse was a smattering of Dodge concept cars from the last twenty years or so, Viper, Sidewinder and Demon concepts included. Continuing out the gates, however, were a raft of important production models from the last hundred years, all available for me to either drive or (in some delicate instances) ride in. My mission, beyond keeping the stupid grin off my face long enough to look like a serious journalist, was to suss out any link between the past and the future of Dodge.

Spoiler: I found it. And I only broke one car in the process.

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July 3rd, 2014

Dodge lets us drive 100-years’ worth of history [w/videos]

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A raft of important production models from the last hundred years were available for me to either drive or ride in.

Dodge is 100 years old this year. So, as happened on Ford’s recent centennial, the 50-year birthday of the Porsche 911, and others, the company has an excuse to trot out the highlights of its history next to its upcoming model lineup, and declare that “these are the fruits of the Dodge Boys’ tree whose roots have grown strong.” Or something like that. Never so hampered by marketing skepticism that I’ll pass up the opportunity to burn someone else’s rubber, I was happy to drive out to Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills, MI – former grand estate of the Dodge family – to hear the spiel.

Chrysler Group Historian Brandt Rosenbusch, the lucky so-and-so that manages the corporate museum, brought out an insanely great selection of motoring history for myself and my colleagues to take in, photograph, and drive. Greeting us in the swanky circle drive in front of the Dodge manse was a smattering of Dodge concept cars from the last twenty years or so, Viper, Sidewinder and Demon concepts included. Continuing out the gates, however, were a raft of important production models from the last hundred years, all available for me to either drive or (in some delicate instances) ride in. My mission, beyond keeping the stupid grin off my face long enough to look like a serious journalist, was to suss out any link between the past and the future of Dodge.

Spoiler: I found it. And I only broke one car in the process.

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July 3rd, 2014

Dodge lets us drive 100-years’ worth of history [w/videos]

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A raft of important production models from the last hundred years were available for me to either drive or ride in.

Dodge is 100 years old this year. So, as happened on Ford’s recent centennial, the 50-year birthday of the Porsche 911, and others, the company has an excuse to trot out the highlights of its history next to its upcoming model lineup, and declare that “these are the fruits of the Dodge Boys’ tree whose roots have grown strong.” Or something like that. Never so hampered by marketing skepticism that I’ll pass up the opportunity to burn someone else’s rubber, I was happy to drive out to Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills, MI – former grand estate of the Dodge family – to hear the spiel.

Chrysler Group Historian Brandt Rosenbusch, the lucky so-and-so that manages the corporate museum, brought out an insanely great selection of motoring history for myself and my colleagues to take in, photograph, and drive. Greeting us in the swanky circle drive in front of the Dodge manse was a smattering of Dodge concept cars from the last twenty years or so, Viper, Sidewinder and Demon concepts included. Continuing out the gates, however, were a raft of important production models from the last hundred years, all available for me to either drive or (in some delicate instances) ride in. My mission, beyond keeping the stupid grin off my face long enough to look like a serious journalist, was to suss out any link between the past and the future of Dodge.

Spoiler: I found it. And I only broke one car in the process.

Continue reading Dodge lets us drive 100-years’ worth of history [w/videos]

Dodge lets us drive 100-years’ worth of history [w/videos] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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