First Production Model of the SRT Viper GTS Auctioned for Charity

The new Dodge SRT Viper GTS is a hotly anticipated vehicle, one that anyone who loves sports cars would want in their garage. One such fan was lucky enough to snag the first production model. The catch to owning it however was that it was placed on auction. The best part, however, is that the winnings were donated to charity. The chance to own the first Dodge SRT Viper GTS ended up bringing in $300,000 which will be given to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.

The Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology brand partnered with the Austin Hatcher Foundation to put this charity auction together to benefit the children and families that struggle with pediatric cancer. Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC, said of the partnership, “What an exciting and momentous occasion for the Austin Hatcher Foundation and the SRT brand. We’ve enjoyed a lot of attention since showing the all-new SRT Viper to the world just three months ago in New York, and now being able to use some of that interest in our flagship supercar to generate support for this deserving charity is simply outstanding.”

The production of the new Viper is slated to begin later this year at the home of the Viper at the Detroit Conner Avenue Assembly Plant. It is being reborn with a emphasis on more power and more performance with an 8.4 liter V-10 that is able to produce 640 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque.

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Dodge Dart One of the Coolest Cars of the Year

The excitement surrounding the impending release of the Dodge Dart is really building. There’s been plenty written about in regards of just what to love about it. There’s even more good news for those readers anxiously awaiting the ability to get behind the wheel of one. Not only is it a high quality ride, but it’s also going to be one of the coolest cars of the year. I’m not just making that statement out of thin air, I’m just repeating what Kelley Blue Book said.

The editors over at Kelley Blue Book have chosen the Dodge Dart as one of the “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000.” In order to be placed on the nomination list, the vehicles were judged on two things. The first, is a fun drive? Second, is it fun to own? Not a perfect system, even the editors agree, but one that works well to identify coolness in a car.

“The Dodge Dart’s enticing combination of style, performance, features, and value have earned it the top spot in our 2012 coolest cars list,” said Jack Nerad, the executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book. “With exceptional interior space and loads of personalization potential, the all-new Dart will definitely make its presence felt in the ultra-competitive compact sedan segment.”

At this point it’s almost impossible not to caught up in the furor. The Dart is certainly going to be of the most exciting car releases of the year.  Now all that remains is to keep track of all the positive news and reviews that are starting to

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Bayside Cares

Bayside is proud to announce a 500 dollar donation to The Bayside – Whitestone Lions Club, sponsoring their Annual Scholarship Dinner. The Bayside – Whitestone Lions Club was just formed in March of 2011, but are striving to improve the community with donations from charitable organizations and fund raising for scholarships.

Dodge Announced Dart-Inspired Art Winners

With its many customizable features, Dodge has encouraged car buyers to look at the Dart and make it their own. In that same spirit of creativity, they asked fans to make art based on the 2013 Dodge Dart as part of Dodge and deviantART’s “Inspired By You” art contest.

Last week, Dodge announced the winners of the contest via their Facebook page. Here’s a look at some of the winners.

Of the six final pieces, there are two 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. First place winners will get $2,000, 8,000 deviantART points, the new 16 GB iPad, a deviantWEAR hoodie, a dA Pro Digital Artist Backpack, and a one-year membership to deviantART. Second place winners get $1,500, 4,000 deviantART points, a deviantWEAR t-shirt, a dA Pro Digital Artist Backpack, and a one-year membership to deviantART. Third place winners get $1,000, 2,000 deviantART points, a deviantWEAR t-shirt, a dA Pro Artist Backpack, and one-year membership to deviantART.

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Edmunds and Parents Award Dodge Durango Best Family Car

With the Dodge Dart’s approaching release into the wild, all the focus of late has been on what to expect out of the new compact. Not to be overshadowed, the Dodge Durango decided to take a hold of the news cycle for the day. and Parents magazine both included the 2012 Dodge Durango on the list of “Best Family Cars of 2012.” This is a great milestone for the vehicle as this is the 10th award that the 2012 Durgano has received so far. The other awards that the car has is the “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and “Full-Size SUV of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association.

Scott Oldham, the editor-in-chief, explained the Durango’s win, “Modern and functional, the 2012 Dodge Durango has been designed with style and family-style versatility in mind. The seven passenger Durango packs a high-quality interior, the latest high-tech gadgets, a fuel-effcient drivetrain and a fun to drive demeanor.”

This is the fifth year that Edmunds and Parents have been going over hundreds of cars to find out which ones stand out in terms of safety and reliability. Each one gets evaluated on the performance, interior, exterior, and the family-friendly features.

“We are honored that and Parents have featured the Dodge Durango on this exclusive list,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO of Dodge Brand. “Dodge is committed to providing quality products to our customers that are safe, innovative and family-friendly, while doing so with passionate styling that sets us apart.”

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