The first of two sojourns with these new Rams was the second round of the vintage series at Perris Raceway near Riverside, California, last February. From my adobe on the Central Left Coast, I loaded the Laramie for a 350-mile round trip, plus racing, in one long day. A 4 a.m. start put me head-down on the freeway to pick up Hector, the 395-hp 5.7-liter gas Hemi V-8 humping along smartly and delivering 18 mpg—good but not exactly stunning, even with its “eTorque” battery assist; it’s a “mild hybrid” in truck-speak. The Crew Cab was brilliant—comfortable and plenty roomy in back to store riding gear, cooler, tools, and spares. Chemicals, race gas, ramp, and bike stand went in the 5-foot 7-inch bed along with two bikes. Predictably, the tailgate wouldn’t close, requiring most everything be tied down.