7 MONTH HIATUS

7  NOVEMBER 2018

WORDS  Bill Mackin

We were off-the-reservation for nearly 7 months! What could derail the HELLHAWK for that long? Well it wasn’t anything off-road and it certainly wasn’t something we planned. I’m sad to report that one of the suppliers we worked with caused a lot of damage to the vehicle. Our insurance company estimated the damage at more than $43,000! After a lot of back-and-forth they refused to take any responsibility. We were gobsmacked. It left us and the project in a very difficult position. It’s taken awhile but I’m happy to announce we’re finally moving forward again. The good news is we’ve got plans to make things more wild than we originally envisioned. More data coming soon!


KICKING UP DUST & DIRT

11  APRIL 2018

PHOTOS  Daniel Snare Photography
WORDS  Bill Mackin

Through a haze of dust and dirt we caught a glimmer of where we’re headed. Straight ahead (faster than feels right) and then deep down into the corner… the whole car sliding… sideways… a cloud of dust against the sun… then back on the power… dirt flying; the grumble of the 500hp Hemi as we accelerate. Then we watched as a cloud of dust enveloped our photographer, Daniel Snare. “Run it again”, we’d hear across the UHF. The occupants in the car grinning from ear-to-ear at the thought.


BUILD STAGE 2 - GETTING GEARED UP

23  MARCH 2018

PHOTOS  Daniel Snare Photography
WORDS  Bill Mackin

We rolled in to Seven Slot Offroad’s new digs looking to install a pile of off-road gear. We pulled a few standard items from the Mopar catalog, but mostly had fun raiding the Chief Products Garage. With all of the new gear laid out in front of the SRT, it was clear were were going to have a busy day spinning wrenches.


BUILD STAGE 1 - ROLLING ON 33" RUBBER

15  MARCH 2018

PHOTOS  Daniel Snare Photography
WORDS  Bill Mackin

We pulled in looking stock and rolled out 2.5” taller sitting on 33” MT rubber. There was a fair bit of measuring and planning that went into lifting the SRT and fitting the larger tyres. As always Todd and the crew at Seven Slot Offroad delivered just what we needed.


BORN IN DETROIT... RE-BORN IN CHIEF PRODUCTS GARAGE

16  FEBRUARY 2018

PHOTOS  Daniel Snare Photography
WORDS  Bill Mackin

Born in Detroit as a Black 2015 Jeep SRT, we started to wonder what if it was re-born in the Chief Products Garage as a 500hp off-road machine, (Grand Cherokee SRT for a father and a Grand Cherokee Trailhawk for a mother). It couldn't be a mall-crawler trailer-queen — it needed to be fueled by whisky, dirt in its blood, able to turn heads, outrun the devil and seduce super models... at that moment the HELLHAWK Project roared into existence.


PROJECT LAUNCH

5  FEBRUARY 2018

GRAPHICS  Bill Mackin
WORDS  Bill Mackin

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Something is coming... and it's going to tear up the bitumen and the trails.