Road Test: 1928 Dodge Victory 6

Alexotics travelled to Kelowna, BC, to meet with the President of the Vintage Car Club of Canada, Derek Long. Derek had been kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule and invite us along for a test drive in his award winning dodge 6. The 1928 Dodge is a special commemorative "Victory" edition which celebrated the 10 years since World War One had passed. Derek has won every single trophy that the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada (NAACC) and the Vintage Car Club of Canada have to offer twice over. Once in the Pre War class, and the second year from the winners of all the individual classes. Furthermore the car has won the Presidents Highest Point Award and the NAACC Highest Point Award. The car is now in the preservation class and is now not allowed to compete in any more NAACC events. Derek spent several years rebuilding the car from the chassis up, using authentic parts, and recreating this Dodge to 1928 showroom condition. The plaques, trophies, and ribbons are only matched in numbers by spare parts, of which Derek has one for each part on the car.

How does the 1928 Dodge drive and handle you wonder? Like you wouldn't believe.

At idle, the Dodge's completely rebuilt six cylinder engine is as quiet as a brand new car. It makes all the correct noises when the throttle is feathered, and while shifting down it'll responds beautifully with a few extra decibels of noise from it's single exhaust pipe. It handles as graceful as a Land Rover, which isn't graceful at all but very very respectable for a pre War era automobile. And it shifts like a Smart car. Which again, isn't very smooth, but impressive for a 83 year old car. Double clutching is necessary, and nimble legs are required, since the Dodge does not offer much in the way of steering wheel adjustments. The brakes worked well, although an experienced classic car driver knows to never trust the brakes. The peach of an engine 6 cylinder failed to overheat at highway speeds or even while climbing steep suburban streets. What baffled me the most was that the engine felt as powerful as any other entry level sedan on the market today. Needless to say I spent the entire ride with my jaw to the ground and my eyes dangling out of my head at the disbelief of how this little old Dodge was keeping it's own in traffic. Astonishing.

A couple of neat features include a radiator mounted emblem which doubles as an engine temperature gauge for the driver. And rear brake lights which illuminate the letters 'STOP' in red as you hit the brakes.