Police Car Fantasy: Realized
When I was a kid, I never fantasized about becoming a police officer, but I definitely dreamed of driving a police car. And I don’t mean heading down to the auction lot and picking up a well-worn Crown Victoria: I’m talking about triple-digit speeds, sirens blaring, lights flashing, and the accelerator pinned to the floor through a dramatic power slide that would no doubt instantly vaporize my driver’s license should I make a similar maneuver in a civilian vehicle.
I’m happy to report that in the past five months I’ve had the chance to realize this particular childhood passion not once, but twice – and in two very different circumstances. The first opportunity came this fall when I was handed the keys to a Dodge Charger Pursuit at Summit Point Motorsports Park and told to chase down perps on the track and not spare the horses. The second, and more recent, stab at law enforcement legitimacy came just last week at the ICAR racing facility outside of Montreal.
This time, I was also behind the wheel of a Charger Pursuit, only with the added wrinkle of all-wheel drive. The goal of the exercise was to demonstrate just how competent Chrysler’s AWD was at handling the iced-over snow course at ICAR, but to me, it merely provided an outlet for four-wheel drifts in a blaze of blue-and-red strobe lighting, accompanied by the high pitched yelp of a takedown siren.
It might be possible to have more fun in the left seat of an automobile than I did plowing the Charger Pursuit across ICAR’s snowy hinterlands, but if there is, I haven’t figured it out yet.