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author photo by Doug DeMuro August 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, the next DougCar is here. It's blue. It's fast. It's loud. And I'm a little scared of it.

It's a 1997 Dodge Viper GTS, painted in blue with white stripes -- possibly the most distinct color combination of any modern car, save for Ferrari's famous red on tan. And over the next 2 days, I'll be driving it back from North Carolina to Philadelphia, a distance of nearly 450 miles.

I am not excited for this long, hot, loud, uncomfortable drive. But I suspect many of you are.

I say that because the last two times I asked you what car I should buy, you answered -- repeatedly, loudly, sometimes with emails written only in capital letters -- that I needed a Viper. Last year, I carefully considered your suggestions, read your remarks, heard your calls for a Viper and then bought an Aston Martin. But this year, it was unavoidable.

So I realized early on that I was going to get a Viper. But exactly which Viper was it going to be? I briefly considered an early-'90s model, with the plastic side windows and the exhaust that will burn your legs, but I ultimately decided that I wanted the blue and white GTS -- a car that was featured in so many advertisements, posters and magazine articles when I was younger. I even had a scale model of one next to my bed.

And so, the DougCar Viper adventure begins. Get ready, because I suspect it's going to be exciting. And loud. And hot. And uncomfortable.

1997 Dodge Viper

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