The Hennards’ 2016 Dodge Hurst Heritage GSS Challenger is scheduled to appear at Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama March 1-3 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

The Hennards’ 2016 Dodge Hurst Heritage GSS Challenger is scheduled to appear at Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama March 1-3 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Photo provided by George Hennard


Sterling couple’s Challenger to rise at Autorama

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published February 15, 2019

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It wasn’t a difficult decision for George and Lynn Hennard to purchase a specialty 2016 Dodge Hurst Heritage GSS Challenger after seeing one last September.

“She once pointed the car out to me,” George explained. “She said, ‘You gotta see this car. I would let you buy this car.’ 

“I taught her how to drive a stick shift on a Challenger when we got married,” he continued. “We’d seen (the 2016 Challenger) at Frankenmuth when they had a big car show up there. It was parked on a street during the big parade they had on Friday night.”

The original owner ended up agreeing to sell the Challenger, and now the Hennards plan to showcase the car at Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama, which is coming back to Detroit’s Cobo Center March 1-3.

Every year, Autorama promises an assortment of hot rods, trucks, motorcycles, classic cars, antiques and other customized, chrome-laden vehicles for the public to see. Its organizers promote it as “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show.” Organizers expect more than 800 vehicles to be on display.

George Hennard, 58, from Sterling Heights, said he has been into classic cars for around 40 years. He said his love of the Challenger started in 1978, when he bought a 340 model. He explained that he has loved Challengers “ever since I started liking cars.”

He said he currently has three Challengers —  the others are a hardtop and a convertible from the 1970s.

This year, he plans to show his latest vehicle, the 2016 Dodge Hurst Heritage GSS Challenger. He said the modified car is very rare and sports a Plum Crazy purple paint job and a six-speed stick shift. He added that “it’s kind of a take on the old-school.”

“This is probably the 10th Challenger I’ve owned,” he said. “ I’ve had them shown at Autorama these past couple of years too.”

George’s wife, Lynn, explained how the Challenger’s color combination caught her eye when they saw the vehicle together. 

 “I liked how sharp it looked,” she said. “Just the colors: purple and white with the red pinstripe on it. It’s just very different and unique.”

She also mentioned that the 2016 Challenger was sent out to California. Hurst Performance auto parts were installed as part of a vehicle package. That package includes its name on the car’s back, a new interior and a signed gas cap, she said. 

“The Hurst package upgrades were an additional $18,000,” she said. “The upgrades make the car stand out when compared to the regular 2016 Challenger.” 

George explained that the car also has Hurst wheels and a car hood with a Hellcat air induction system. He said the car is “pretty much as-is” from the time he got it from the previous owner.

Hennard explained why he keeps coming back to Autorama year after year, as well as why he showcases his cars. 

“I love the atmosphere of all the people and all the old cars,” he said. “Every car has a story. … People bought cars because they had it in their childhoods. They bought it as a project to work on with their sons. We’re all kids at heart.”

The 67th annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama will be at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit, Friday noon-10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  March 1-3.

Admission at the door costs $21 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12, and is free for kids 5 and younger. Discounted tickets are being sold while available at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Find out more by visiting www.autorama.com.

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