Last month I got offered a huge opportunity, to record music out by New York City and get paid for it. Normally anyone would fly, but the recording studio had asked the drummer and I to bring our own gear. So a set of wheels was needed. It would be 14 hours of driving time each way, which meant the infamous $300 van (and all of its 16 miles per gallon) was out of the question. On top of that, the drummer doesn’t know how to drive, even at age 21, so all the seat time would be on me. Luckily, a generous friend with a Chrysler 300 allowed me to borrow the car for the trip, which not only saved me from having to rent a ride, but also cut costs considerably. Win!
We loaded the car with so much music gear in the trunk and the second row that you couldn’t recline the front seats. The car zipped down the highway as if it was made for it. Being that it’s a 20-year-old Mercedes under that American badged shell (now owned by Italy), it was a perfect highway cruiser. I didn’t know we were going past 60 miles per hour until I looked down and noticed how the 80 looks like 60 with the needle over the number.
The blue tooth worked great and the drummer was showing me songs by The Melvins and I was turning him onto Little Richard. It took the instruction manual to find the gas door release, but it run good on regular gas and we went about 350 miles between fill ups without even going down to reserve. We made it to New York City and parked in 3 different spaces spending a total of $3.50, really.
At the end of the trip I wanted one, but I’d want to put the 707 horsepower Hellcat engine in it. That would be quite a sleeper being that 300’s do no offer that engine option currently. I might make another trip with it from Chicago to Austin, TX soon. The only down fall was the headlight high beams went right up to the trees instead of the road. Driving with the fog lights on worked, but several cars thought those were the high beams and flashed at me. It was all worth it and I would road trip the car again given the opportunity.