This week’s Fireballer… Bob Ricewasser and his ScatPack Challenger

Car shows like mine here in Malibu bring out a lot of interesting people, including collectors who have amassed many different kinds of designs and nostalgic brands.

And as cool as classics are, every now and then you have to cover something new that someone has added to their collection.

This week we welcome retired car enthusiast and collector Bob Ricewasser and his sparkling, green 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack. Yeah, it’s a mouthful, but oh-so-worth-it.

According to Ricewasser, this green machine has a 392cu Hemi MDS Powerplant with an eight-speed Torqueflight AutoTranny.

“It also has Bilstein high-performance suspension … Brembo 4-Pistons and an active exhaust,” gleams Ricewasser. 

“I am not planning any serious mods,” continues Ricewasser. “I am going to get a front license plate mounting bracket that attaches the plate to the lower grill so I don’t have to drill holes in my front bumper cover. That’s about it for mods at the moment.”

I’m both torn and relieved by that statement, as most true car guys can’t wait to get busy.

But since the green Hulkster was acquired on April 16 from Cerritos Dodge, snack-packing it into the garage only means that Ricewasser will have to share his time with his other rides. And, trust me, look at the photo and you’ll see what I mean.

But Ricewasser goes on.

“My big first attraction to this car was the color,” he said. “Known as F8 Green, a 1969 color. I first became aware of it when I saw a Challenger T/A in F8 Green at the LA Auto Show. My fascination with the color stems from my ’69 Dodge Charger (pictured) that is F5 Green, a few shades lighter.

For some reason, I couldn’t get this color out of my mind. Also, owning a muscle car has always been on my bucket list. I turned 75 in March, so I figured if I am going to complete this item on my list, I better do it now while I am in reasonably good shape and can enjoy this car. It is belated birthday gift to myself.”

Nicely done, Bob!

But Ricewasser also gets his twinkie turned because of the engine and powertrain, making this vehicle very exciting to drive.

“I plan on using this as a cruiser, visiting various Cars & Coffee events, (yeah, you better, buddy) car shows and taking some scenic rides in the local mountains and other places of interest,” he said. “It will not be a grocery getter or commuter vehicle. I have other cars for that role.”

Well, as much as I believe him, the wifeys have an uncanny ability to ask for groceries during drives out.

Ricewasser says that people are attracted to the color and what makes it look different is the stripe delete.

“I have also had a few people wanting [to] challenge me to a little acceleration contest on the street, which I have declined,” Ricewasser said. “This car is fast and with a slight blip of the throttle, it will throw you back in your seat.”

Thus, exactly why it’s called the Challenger, but a true enlightened person will know that he can, but never has to.

And finally, a bit of the ’Bu.

“I always enjoy driving in Malibu except when the high winds came up for a Wheels and Waves event a few months back,” he said. “I love cruising PCH when there is light traffic and no road construction.

I also like Mulholland, Topanga Canyon, Malibu Canyon, Stunt Road and ‘The Snake’ near the Rock Store. I have yet to cruise with the Challenger, but I plan on bringing it to the next Wheels and Wave in May.”

Very cool. Always fun to hear how someone is living their passion. Great job, Bob. Let ‘er rip.


1100hp JAGUAR DRIVE TO EARLY RODDERS LA CANADA – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 711 – Fireball heads to The English Car Company to grab 2 Jaguar Supercars with Michael Axon (SVR & XKR-S) to take to the Early Rodders La Canada Car Show.

The English Car Company

The redesigned Jaguar XK debuted in 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, styled by Jaguar’s chief designer Ian Callum.

The X150’s grille was also inspired from the famous 1961 Jaguar E-Type.

The standard Jaguar XK model has a limited top speed of 158 mph whilst the XKR a limited top speed of 174 mph.

An even faster variant, the JAGUAR XKR-S model was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012.

The JAGUAR XKR-S gained an additional 40-horsepower over the XKR bringing the 0-60 mph time down to only 4.4 seconds and the top speed up to 300 km/h (186 mph) – making it the fastest Jaguar yet after the Jaguar XJ220.

A convertible version of the JAGUAR XKR-S was released in 2012.

At the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016, Jaguar unveiled the JAGUAR F-Type SVR.

It features the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 from the V8 S and R, but with 575 PS and 680 (500 lb·ft), launching the car from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and to a top speed of 200 mph, making it the first Jaguar since the XJ220 to reach 200 mph (320 km/h).

The convertible can only reach 194 mph (312 km/h). It is available in both coupe and convertible versions, but only with all-wheel-drive.