Owner Profile: Jon Brobst, Washougal, Washington.
My passion for Mopar began as a pace car enthusiast – having owned pace cars from other brands since 1964. In the early 1990’s, my hunger grew for the Dodge Stealth TT. Then, thanks to the 1991 Indy 500 Official Pace Car program, my love for Mopar took me to the Dodge Viper – when I took possession of my first Viper in 1993, I was forever hooked on the brand.
Since then, I have owned at least 20 Dodge and SRT vehicles. I hold an International Pace Car drivers license, so my passion and focus can be summed up with one thought, “Setting the pace – with Dodge and SRT.”
First Mopar My first Mopar was a 1991 Dodge Stealth TT “Batmobile”, which was proudly featured in the September 1991 issue of Mopar Performance News as a “Ride of the Month.”
Mopar garage I currently own a 2009 Viper SRT10 ACR, which was used as the official pace car of the NASCAR K&N Touring Car Pro Series in Portland. I also own 2009 Charger SRT8 Super Bee, number 425 of 425. Previously, I had a 2003 Neon SRT4, 2005 Crossfire SRT6, and a 2006 Viper SRT10 Coupe.
Favorite stretch of road My favorite road to drive is along the Oregon coast on US-101. The beautiful scenery, twisting roads, and small seaside towns make the trip more than just a drive.
Farthest you've driven to meet with a fellow car enthusiast The farthest I ever drove was a 5,800 mile round trip from Portland, Oregon to Indianapolis for the 1996 Viper Owners Invitational where the Indy 500 Viper GTS Pace Car was debuted.
Racing or cruising My passion lies with racing, but more specifically pace cars. I have served as the official pace car team driver for countless races at the Portland International Raceway and the official pace car team driver at the annual Dodge Viper Cup. I also serve as a driving instructor for the High-Performance Drivers Education school in Oregon.
Badge of loyalty I have helped hand out over 5,000 Viper Hot Wheels to children at events our team paces for. It’s extremely satisfying to see the smile on a child’s face when we share our passion for the Dodge and SRT brands.
SRT clubs and owners are often known for their philanthropy. Jon and fellow Viper owners of the Cascade Sports Car Club in Portland, Oregon continue this tradition. Nearly two decades ago, they began giving exotic car rides to the public in return for charitable donations that. The club has raised tens of thousands of dollars through the years benefiting the Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon. The club’s actions helped to raise over $15,000 last year alone. All funds received go directly to the supporting the hospital’s efforts.
The club’s community service continues with “The Ride of Your Life” program it regularly conducts at Portland International Raceway. The track day presents ailing children with a free ride around the challenging road course in a premium sports car.