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HUMONGOUS Gallery Of Mopar Readers Rides!

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001-2006-dodge-magnum-032 HUMONGOUS Gallery Of Mopar Readers Rides!

The results are in and the photos sent in by Mopar Muscle readers around the world are awesome. From the get-go, we got piles of packages of pristine Pentastars and at times we thought the deluge would never end. When the June 17, 2017 deadline finally arrived, we had amassed well over 100 entries, proving that at the end of the day, print magazines still rule, and getting on the newsstand trumps being buried in a Facebook feed any day. Disagree? Next time you go to a show, see how many cars display posters with magazine stories of their car in print.

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If you sent in pix of your pride and joy and followed our simple guidelines, there's a 98 percent chance your car made it into the story. That said, we had to make some tough decisions at times, such as limiting the number of cars submitted per reader to just two. (Yes, we know some of you are prodigious collectors!) There were also technical reasons some didn't get in, like you forgot to hit the "burn" button on your cd, or you forgot to submit a tech sheet with a signed affidavit attesting you were the photographer. (And while we're at it, at least one of you doesn't know which way you want to spell your own name.) One person even sent in their entry two weeks after the deadline. Sorry pal! You had over five months to get it together!

Some of the images are truly breathtaking, making it hard to pick the best. What we noticed is that some of you are quite adept at expressing the shape, stance, and personality of your Mopars. This is not uncommon. You may have drawn Mopars as a bored kid sitting in math class, or you may have spent hundreds of hours smoothing body panels for paint—the fact is, you know the lines that drive you crazy, and you found a way to succinctly capture that. Thanks for taking the time to show us—through your eyes—what you see when you look at your machine.

In the end though, we had to go with the amazing work of 40-year-old Brian Turney (San Diego, CA), who knocked us over with pix of his 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8. Brian has apparently been paying rapt attention to some of the best automotive photographers on the planet, as he combined his eye for detail, composition, and lighting with competencies in lensmanship and photo illustration. Congratulations to Brian on a job well done. We hope he enjoys his grand prize of $800 worth of Auto Meter Custom Shop gauges!

Grand Prize: Auto Meter Custom Shop Gauges

Until recently, only the most lavishly equipped machines on the show car circuit had one-off instrumentation. Then Auto Meter came up with a great idea: set up a custom shop for gauges so that anybody could get exactly what they want. The Auto Meter Custom Shop lets customers design their own gauges with unique color faces, ticking, pointers, cover glass, fonts, bezels, and lighting. If it's part of a gauge, the Auto Meter Custom Shop can do it for you. After logging on to the Auto Meter Custom Shop website, download the Custom Shop configurator, and start picking out your gauges with all the features you want. As you build your dream gauge package, the gauges take shape right on the screen. You can try out several different designs, save them for future reference, or compare them. You can even print them out and try them in your car before ordering. And all while you're building your virtual gauges, the cost is updated and displayed with every revision. You'll also be quite surprised how affordable it is; when compared to a standard set of catalog gauges, it's only a few extra bucks. Once you order them, they'll show up at your door in a beautiful handcrafted wood box. They look so nice, you won't even want to put them in your car!

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Winner!

2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8 | Brian Turney; San Diego, CA

"Pam The Demon Wagon" is the name Brian Turney—an IT manager from San Diego—has given to his 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8. Brian has been a Mopar guy ever since he was four months old, which coincides with his parents buying a new 1977 Dodge Aspen station wagon. That car would later accompany him to college almost two decades later. His current car, the SRT8 Magnum, is the Aspen wagon's spiritual incarnation. Brian writes: "In 2014, I was driving down the Coast Highway in San Diego and I ended up behind a Dodge Magnum SRT8. Memories of my Aspen wagon came back to me. I decided it was time to get another wagon and started shopping for one. I found one on Auto Trader being sold by a private seller. During the test drive, I was hooked. After coming to an agreement on price, I took one last look at her in the garage as I walked away. That's when I saw the license plate frame, which said 'Kimi's Hemi.' This was the exact car I had seen a few weeks prior on the Coast Highway! It was meant to be." Brian has kept the 425hp 6.1L Hemi all stock, except for a Borla exhaust.

On the photography side of things, Brian is a bit of a self-professed nerd. Besides driving his SRT8, Brian loves photography, and has put his Canon 5D Mark II and L-Series zoom lens to good use. On the post side, Brian uses Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to amp up the emotion and deepen the mystery. We would put his photography and Photoshop chops on par with our best contributors—our only gripe (and it's a small one) being that he needs to increase his depth of field and lower the ISO (to reduce noise) just a tad.

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13 Ways To Fail At The Mopar Muscle Photo Contest

From month to month, we typically feature cars that are extraordinary in some manner. Highlighting the best of the breed—whether that's for customization, speed, rarity, ingenuity, or the perseverance of its owner—is the goal in light of the fact that we typically only have the resources to feature between 24 and 36 cars each year. That means a lot of folks don't get into the magazine. To level the playing field and give the typical Mopar owner a chance, we've created the Photo Contest, which places the emphasis on your photography, not your car-building or income-earning prowess. We've lowered the bar so that theoretically at least everybody with decent eyesight and a smartphone can participate. Nevertheless, some find it difficult to hold a cellphone camera level and get the entire car in the shot. To keep guys on the right track, we even provided a list of photo tips to follow when shooting a car for a magazine. Those tips can be found in our original call-out introducing the Photo Contest here [Get Mopar Muscle Magazine Win Auto Meter Gauges]. Naturally, Mopar guys can be a stubborn breed. Who among us hasn't laughed heartily while tossing out the instructions for installing or assembling an expensive piece of equipment? The same thing happened here. Forthwith, enjoy the failures depicted below, and please don't take it too personally if you find your photo!

© Hot Rod Network Staff 1. Chop the front (or back) of the car off. Heaven forbid you take a few steps backward to get the whole thing in.

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2. Cars are like cattle, and are in their element driving through the pasture. Show them grazing on grass.

3. Shoot into the sun with harsh back lighting and plenty of lens flare.

© Hot Rod Network Staff 3. Don’t give the subject visual room to breathe. Crop the photo right to the edge.

© Hot Rod Network Staff 4. Make large, strange objects grow out of the roof of the car. Helicopters, tanks, totem poles, flags—let ’em know Armageddon is coming!

© Hot Rod Network Staff 5. Don’t wipe the pocket lint and sweat off your cellphone camera’s lens before you shoot. That would take too much time.

© Hot Rod Network Staff 6. Looking for a large enough piece of pavement to shoot a car is such a hassle. Just roll it halfway off the road.

© Hot Rod Network Staff 7. Turn it into a selfie and get your own shadow in the photo.

© Hot Rod Network Staff 8. Tilt the camera at a crazy angle, then crop it so we can’t put the horizon straight again. Because keeping your lunch in your stomach is really overrated.

© Hot Rod Network Staff 9. Make all your best shots vertical in the presumption it’s going to be the main cover of the magazine.

© Hot Rod Network Staff 10. Drive your car into the swamp, or at least get the tires soggy at the edge. Again, this is a completely natural environment for a Mopar.

© Hot Rod Network Staff 11. Crop the photo so flat, it can only be viewed through the rear window of a new Camaro.

© Hot Rod Network Staff 12. Destroy a really great photo by setting the windows at weird openings, or leaving the quarter windows up on a convertible.

13. Spend 30 seconds taking your cellphone shots in harsh midday light, then spend half a day triple-wrapping your photo cd in bubble plastic, printing giant 8x10 pix at Staples, assembling your tech sheet and story in a hefty scrapbook, then pack it all carefully in a giant box with half a roll of packing tape.

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