by Patrick Rall

    Recently, the SRT High Performance Tour kicked off with a small presentation at the Walter P Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The SRT marquee is a unique automotive brand with high performance vehicles from three different automotive brands and the newly formed performance division will take a similarly unique approach to advertising their new vehicles. 

    Rather than your normal television and print advertising (referred to as
    Tier 1), Ralph Gilles, CEO of the new SRT brand, is taking their four
    newest vehicles on a 40 stop tour around the United States to give
    enthusiasts around the country a first-hand look at these awesome high
    performance models. The tour will be finishing up at the 2011 SEMA Show
    in Las Vegas.

    The SRT High Performance Tour includes a 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8, a 2012
    Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, a Chrysler 300C SRT8 and the 2012 Jeep Grand
    Cherokee SRT8
    – all of which are piloted by SRT brand engineers who are
    on hand to answer any questions enthusiasts might have along the way. 

    The Tour officially began at the Chrysler Museum, but the first stop on
    the three month long road trip was the Mopar Nationals at National
    Trails Raceway in Columbus, Ohio.  DodgeForum.com was on hand for the
    2011 Mopar Nationals and the four sexy new SRT models were tucked along
    the race track at the end of the grandstands, offering a chance for
    Mopar lovers to sit in and experience the new models, and also get a
    chance to grab some free SRT swag and learn more about the SRT brand.

    The goal of the SRT High Performance Tour is to spend advertising
    dollars putting the new SRT cars and sport utility vehicle directly in
    front of the people who are the most interested in seeing it.  Over the
    next three months, these SRT engineers will stop at a wide variety of
    events around the country, including NASCAR events, TORC truck racing
    events, a couple dealership car shows and Mopar/SRT club events, before
    reaching the end of their tour at the Las Vegas Convention Center at the
    SEMA Show.

    SRT CEO and President Ralph Gilles had this to say about the SRT High
    Performance Tour: “We’re excited to take our 2012 Chrysler, Dodge and
    Jeep SRT vehicles directly to our performance fans and loyalists across
    the country.  Each of these vehicles is loaded with new technologies and
    content that SRT customers want to fulfill their need for power,
    performance, contemporary luxury and safety while maintaining each of
    the vehicle brand’s key design differentiators.”

    The SRT High Performance Tour makes 40 stops before finishing up on
    November 1st in Vegas. With stops all over the country, most Mopar
    enthusiasts should have a chance to check out the Tour at a stop near
    them.  Check out the list below for a closer look at the Tour schedule!

    Tour dates include:
    12 Walter P. Chrysler Museum, Auburn Hill, Mich.
    13 Mopar® Nationals, Columbus, Ohio
    13 Evening Cruise, Heath, Ohio
    15 Junction Auto Sales, Chardon, Ohio
    16 Wauseon Cruise, Wauseon, Ohio
    17 Monroville Chrysler Jeep, Monroville, Pa.
    19-20 Woodward Dream Cruise, Royal Oak, Mich.
    21 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.
    22 Viper Club of Illinois Track Day Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, Ill.
    26 Mr. Norms Garage, Rockford, Ill.
    27 Jack Wolfe Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Belvedere, Ill.
    28 Cruising for Hope, Chicago
    30 Tail of the Dragon, Deals Gap, N.C.
    31 Deep South Mopars, Anderson, S.C.
    31 Lake Keowee Chrysler, Dodge, Seneca, S.C.

    2 Panama City Friday Fest, Panama City Beach, Fla.
    4 Mopar Insanity Auto Show – Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Ocala, Fla.
    7 Cruise Night, Cardi’s Furniture, Braintree, Mass.
    8 NJ Mopar Group Meet and Greet, Springfield, N.J.
    9 Chick-fil-A, Dulles, Va.
    10 Southern Maryland Mopars, USMopars.com, Lexington Park Dodge, Lexington Park, Md.
    11 DC Modern Mopar, Chantilly, Va.
    14 Middle Georgia Mopar Club, Robins Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Warner Robins, Ga.
    15 Cruise Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach, Fla.
    16-18 2011 Sebring Thunder Car Show , Sebring, Fla.
    17 Cars & Coffee DuPont Registry, St. Petersburg, Fla.
    23-25 Denver Oktoberfest, Denver
    28 Flashbacks, Omaha, Neb.
    29 Baxter Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Omaha, Neb.

    1 St. Louis SRT Club, St. Louis
    2 Gateway Viper Club, St. Louis
    7-9 NASCAR, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
    13 Space City LX, Allen Samuels, Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Katy, Texas
    14-16 TORC Series, San Antonio, Texas
    21 SRT Track Experience, Firebird Raceway Chandler, Ariz.
    22 Tucson Mopar Club, Tucson, Ariz.
    28 Bob’s Big Boy, Burbank, Calif.
    29 Cars & Coffee, Irvine, Calif.
    29 Mille Miglia, Santa Barbara, Calif.

    1-4 SEMA Show, Las Vegas, Nev.