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RUNNIN’ WITH THE SCAT PACK: TAYLOR AND SARRAH
When the original Dodge Scat Pack program debuted in the late 1960s, Dodge spokesmodels were along for the ride, answering questions and providing information about the legendary Scat Pack at auto shows and events across the country. More than 40 years later, a new team is hitting the auto show circuit with the reborn Dodge Scat Pack. Meet Taylor and Sarrah: the next generation of Dodge Scat Pack product specialists.
Dressed in updated versions of the outfits worn by their predecessors, complete with white skirts emblazoned with the Scat Pack logo, matching white go-go boots and specially reproduced versions of the Mini-Tickler costume jewelry worn by the original models, Taylor and Sarrah will serve as highly-informed travel companions for the Dodge Scat Pack, helping to engage crowds and spread the word about the revived “Hive.”
For Taylor, a 20-year-old from Dearborn Heights, Mich., the recent North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit marked her first as a product specialist. Provided with background information prior to Detroit to familiarize herself with the Dodge Scat Pack, Taylor says show-goers excited over the rebirth have also played a huge role in helping her understand the importance of the program.
“We’ve been learning a lot, especially with the help of people at the show,” says Taylor, whose hobbies include all types of dance, including tap, hip-hop and jazz. “Fans were constantly telling us, ‘Oh, we’re so happy the Scat Pack is coming back.’
“They’re very into the details of the Scat Pack. I was surprised; I didn’t realize how excited the fans would be. You can see how they really appreciated the club. They love our look.”
Her new role is apropos — Taylor’s first vehicle was a brand new Dodge Caliber she received when she was 16, and she comes from a tight-knit Dodge family (her mother drives a Durango), with her parents and siblings all living in the Metro Detroit area.
Taylor will likely need to find a sitter for her three dogs, a German shepherd, cocker spaniel and a lab, as her upcoming travel schedule is booked. “I said in my interview, ‘I’m ready to travel, I’m ready to do something different,’” Taylor says. “I’m 20 years old, and this is the time to do it. I’m really excited.”
Judging from the reaction in Detroit, fans were also excited to see the 2014 Dodge Challenger upgraded with the new Scat Package Performance kits on display. “They loved it,” says Taylor. “Everyone loved the Shaker hood.”
The NAIAS was a homecoming of sorts for Dodge Scat Pack product specialist Sarrah, who grew up in Port Huron, Mich., before moving to Las Vegas. Most of her family still lives in Michigan, including her parents, sister and two brothers. The 23-year-old fondly recalls attending the Detroit show as a child.
“I remember coming to the auto show as a kid and seeing the models, the cars, and it was so exciting,” recalls Sarrah, a skilled golfer on her high school team who has studied piano for 15 years (her favorite composer is Beethoven). “It was great having our first event in Detroit.”
Although she’s been modeling since she was a baby, Sarrah became more focused on product specialist work after moving to Las Vegas — the tradeshow capital of the world — in May 2012. Following an interview through Skype, a video submission of a vehicle narration, and a final interview, Sarrah was picked from a large pool of candidates, as was Taylor, to be a Dodge Scat Pack product specialist.
“I feel honored to be chosen to be a part of this,” says Sarrah. “It’s definitely been fun to learn about the cars, and see how they work. The fans have been really excited and are receiving it really well. The Dodge Scat Pack image is pretty true to how it was originally, and I think the fans appreciate it.”
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We really hate old man winter right now, seriously, we really do. As February is drawing to a close, another Polar Vortex is ready to blanket the Motor City and sucker punch the occupants with bone chilling artic air. If you live within grasp of the dreaded Mr. Freeze, we can assume your Challenger, Charger or other prized Mopar possession has been hibernating comfortably for last few months while awaiting the arrival of spring.
For those of you who do drive your LX every day and venture out regardless of what the National Weather Service is predicting, you’ve probably embraced the record amount of snow fall with the zeal of a teenager as you go drifting around corners pretending to be Samuel Hübinette. However, most of us are tired of seeing our cars covering in salt and spending more of our paycheck on windshield solvent than milk.
If you’re like us, you’ll need a midwinter break and a high-octane fix of seeing cool cars, awesome displays and meeting up with your friends. The Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama is the perfect venue to check out both vintage Scat Pack muscle, new school modern Mopar rides, hot rods, cool custom and even the occasional celebrity walking the show floor. With it being just a week away, we’re already getting excited like children during Christmas Eve.
Since this show has been around for over six decades and has become Motor City institution, we’re hoping our friends at the mother ship have something cool planned to commemorate the centennial of the Dodge brand and the 50th anniversary of the iconic 426 HEMI® that wreaked havoc and terrorized the competition on the high-bank ovals, drag strips and main streets across the country.
One thing we can confirm is Richard and Kyle Petty will be a this year’s show signing autographs and telling tales of when the King’s Super Bird flew past the Ford teams at Daytona and Talladega back in 1970. What’s just as cool, the folks from Petty’s Garage have will also have their arsenal of tricked out 2014 392 HEM® powered Challengers for us to drool over. From what we understand, these are built in the same shop that engineered and constructed the NASCAR championship winning Plymouth and Dodge race cars back in the 1960s and 70s.
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