Recently we were invited to travel to the tiny town of Pattison, Texas, about 40 miles west of Houston for an open house at the Hemi Hideout, a striking cathedral-style building that is home to a fine collection of vintage Mopar Muscle and neon signs. Lots of neon signs.
The Hemi Hideout is the creation of John Hovas, the founder of HDH Instruments in nearby Brookshire. Hovas has been in love with Dodge muscle cars since his father brought home a 1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee. Over the years, his tastes have expanded to include Plymouths and he now has a stunning assortment of fully restored Chrysler classics from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s as well as a fine Hemi-powered 1937 Plymouth Business Coupe hot rod that Hovas says can crank out 1,000 horsepower.
With the business allowing him to satisfy his passion, Hovas and his wife, Diane, began traveling to auctions around the country, buying fully restored Challengers,’Cudas, Road Runners and Chargers. There’s even a Duster in the collection.
Hovas’ vision of a structure to house his collection began taking shape early in 2011. Groundbreaking was in June 2011 and construction was completed last summer.
At 20,000 square feet and reaching 53 feet high, the Hemi Hideout is one of the largest, if not the largest, timber-framed structure in Texas. It’s built with mortise and tenon construction instead of nails, like the classic cathedrals in Europe.
As much as I hate the phrase, the Hemi Hideout may well be one of the world’s ultimate man caves. In addition to the cars and signs, there is a beautiful lounge area with a huge 14 by 26-foot fireplace more suited for colder climes than Southeast Texas. There’s also a ’50s-style diner and ice cream parlor. Outside is the barbecue area required by state law and a skeet shooting range.
Hovas’ enthusiasm for classic muscle and the Hemi Hideout is infectious: he enjoys talking about driving the cars he collects and the history behind them.
Hovas says the Hemi Hideout will be open from time to time and will be available for special occasions.
Dodge and SRT are rejoining the Trans Am Series, with Miller Racing fielding two new Dodge Challengers at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 15 and 16. Driving will be four-time series champion Tommy Kendall, making his first Trans Am start since 2004 in the TA2 series class. The cars appear to be driven by 5.7 liter Hemi engines. [...]
Though the Ram 1500 just had major upgrades, another refresh is due in 2017, to deal with the new F-150s and a possible Chevrolet Silverado update. So far not much is known about these trucks, except that they will likely include the Pentastar engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have undergone weight reduction therapy [...]
With the supercharged 6.2 Hemi delivering 707 horsepower to the Dodge Charger and Challenger, the Viper boys are reportedly looking for ways to get back on top. While the Viper may be superior on a tight racing course, the straight-line performance of Charger and Challenger, in five-seaters with all the amenities, large trunks, and automatic or manual transmissions, is a challenge for Team [...]
Artist suzq044 has provided an alternative view of what the 2017 Ram may look like. This refresh will counter new F-150s. The trucks will almost certainly include the V6 engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have more high-strength steel and aluminum to cut weight. The 2017 Ram is also likely to have aerodynamic improvements to increase highway [...]
It has been years since Allpar first reported on the future launch of a new Jeep Wagoneer, and the dropping of the Dodge Caravan. With Wagoneer on the books, Chrysler planners may have had mixed feelings about the sudden success of the Dodge Durango. They wanted to drop the Durango for a more-profitable Wagoneer (essentially a Durango with the Grand Cherokee suspension design [...]