If you’ve read our story about the one-off 1973 Dodge Challenger presented to the winner of The Colonial, a Charles-Schwab-sponsored PGA Tour event held in Texas, you already know about how the car was miraculously put together in less than four months. It’s quite the feat, but perhaps more improbable is how the car’s eventual owner predicted it would be his. Steve Strope of Pure Vision explains:
“When Schwab announced this car as a prize and released the artwork in mid-April,” Steve recalled, “golf pro Kevin Na’s caddy, Kenny Harms, went on his Instagram saying that Kevin would win the tournament and give him that car.” Many took it to be wishful thinking, and perhaps it was. But Kenny was serious. Steve continued: “At the Schwab Challenge, the Challenger appeared on a pedestal at the 18th hole. As I was getting the car in position on the display a month later, [Kevin] introduced himself to me and told me that he was going to own that car.” And other than registering Kevin’s slightly startling forthrightness about it all, Steve thought nothing more of it.
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KNA when we win the Charles Schwab Challenge this year you win this 73 Doge Challenger! I don’t want a ride, I want it. I would definitely look a lot better in it than you with my baby blue eyes #schwabchallenge #caddienetwork #kevinna @charles_schwab_challenge @pgatour @caddienetwork @kevinna915
And then something remarkable happened. In a finish that you wouldn’t have believed if Hollywood had scripted it, Kevin Na won the Charles Schwab Challenge—his third career tournament win; the first thing Kevin did, in front of the world and all of those cameras, was point at the car and tell Kenny, “That’s your car, baby!” The feel-good story went everywhere from expected media outlets (Golf Channel, SportsCenter) to a wider audience (New York Post, The Dallas Morning News). Invariably they referred to the Challenger as “restored,” which strictly speaking isn’t correct — it’s a custom, or a restomod, but it’s nowhere near restored in the back-to-factory sense of the word. (If anything, it’s better than new; check the new issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines for a technical rundown of the alterations made to make this Challenger a proper 21st century GT car.
Strope estimates the build cost roughly a quarter-million dollars in parts and labor. “Little did I know,” Kevin joked (probably) in the post-game media scrum, “how much that car was worth.” Somehow we suspect the $1.314 million in prize money will console him.