VOLUME XIII,  ISSUE  - JAN - FEB,  2018

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Beckman takes Charger R/T Funny Car to NHRA Gatornationals win

Although Matt Hagan (far lane) left the starting line first, Jack Beckman came on strong to take the Funny Car win. 

 

It was an all-Dodge Charger final round at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL, as Jack Beckman defeated Matt Hagan. See the complete race report at here.

 

Next on the schedule for the Mopar and Dodge//SRT squad is the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, scheduled for April 6-8 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event will be the first at the venue since the dragstrip was reconfigured to accommodate the unique “four-wide” drag racing format, which features drivers competing in four separate lanes simultaneously.  [03/29/18]

Body explodes off Hagan Funny Car but he still wins the round

Matt Hagan had problems at Gainesville during his quarter final match against Robert Hight, when both cars blew the bodies off (Hight first, then Hagan). Hagan crossed the finish line with a 4.027/291.26 win.   [03/29/18]

Three Challenger Drag Paks in NHRA Factory Stock competition

Leah Pritchett 

 

In addition to her customary seat in the Papa John’s/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Pritchett also took the wheel of a supercharged Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown category.

 

Pritchett, with crew chief and new DSR employee Kevin Helms on hand, drove at the first of seven NHRA Factory Stock Showdown events in which she will compete this year.

Joining Pritchett in the fierce, competitive field of 30-plus entries in Factory Stock Showdown was a name familiar to Mopar and Dodge//SRT fans — 2012 NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Allen Johnson. Johnson drove a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak owned by Jeff Teuton, with additional vehicle preparation and support provided by Don Schumacher Motorsports (DSM) and Mopar Dodge//SRT engineers. Unfortunately, he did not make the eight-car field out of a whopping 30 cars trying to qualify.

The third Dodge driver taking part in the Factory Stock Showdown was Geoff Turk. Turk made National Muscle Car Association history at the Bradenton, FL, event, becoming the first driver in the series to break into the seven-second range with a 7.996-second elapsed time at 170.10 mph during qualifying for the event on March 10. Turk is already unofficially the fastest in the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class after running an 8.02-second elapsed time in his Blackbird Drag Pak at an NHRA Division 3 event last October.   [03/29/18]

Former Viper plant to become home of car collection

The Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, the former production home of the iconic Dodge Viper, will get a second life as an internal meeting and display space that will showcase the FCA’s concept and historic vehicle collection.

 

Renamed Conner Center, the former manufacturing facility, tucked in a Detroit neighborhood just south of the famed 8 Mile Road, will have space to exhibit 85 of the nearly 400 concept and historic vehicles that will now be stored onsite under one roof. Previously, the Company’s extensive collection was housed in several locations.

 

Approximately 77,000 of the plant’s nearly 400,000 square-feet of floor space will be dedicated to displaying vehicles like the 1902 Rambler, the oldest in the collection, to one of the most significant, the 1924 Chrysler Touring. Conner’s administrative offices will be converted into nearly 22,000 square-feet of meeting space that can accommodate gatherings of various sizes. It is expected that the facility, built in 1966, could also open its doors to the public in the future. The building should be available for use by internal groups and departments in the second quarter of 2018. [03/29/18]

Viper memorabilia auction to benefit United Way

Production of the Dodge Viper came to an end on Aug. 31, 2017, and with that, the decommissioning of the plant began. As the assembly line was dismantled, office furniture removed and rooms cleaned out in preparation to repurpose the facility into meeting and display space, hundreds of pieces of Viper memorabilia, as well as a few items related to the Plymouth Prowler, were identified and salvaged. The decision was made to auction these items off to benefit the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

 

After the Company’s Historical Services group selected the items that would be kept for display or archival purposes, more than 1,800 items remained – including eight signed hoods; more than 500 pieces of art, prints, signage and posters; and an assortment of Viper merchandise from key chains to apparel to coffee mugs – that will be available for auction.

 

One of the many available pieces of art is a sketch of the Viper GTS with portraits of the three former Chrysler executives responsible for its development – Bob Lutz, President and CEO; Tom Gale, Vice President – Product Design and International Operations; and Francois Castaing, Vice President – Vehicle Engineering and General Manager of Powertrain Operations. The limited edition print – number 14 of 300 – features the signatures of the three executives along with an authentic blue Viper GTS emblem.

 

The auction began March 21 and will run through April 13. A full list of items with descriptions and bidding instructions are available at here[03/29/18]

Terry Chandler given posthumous award at Hall of Fame

Not only did Jack Beckman get to finally achieve his goal of winning the Gatornationals, but his victory was also a sentimental one for the driver of Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car.

 

“I flew in a day earlier, and on Thursday I went to the Hall of Fame [dinner]. I got to present Johnny Gray [Terry’s brother] with the Pat Garlits award in honor of Terry Chandler, whose name is still on the side of our car and is the one who made all of this possible. There are 21 of us who have jobs today because of Terry Chandler and how big her heart was, and now her husband, Doug, wants to carry it on. He’s loving it because he knows Terry is looking down and saying, ‘Alright -- my boys did it.’”   [03/29/18]

Mopar announces 2018 ‘Top Tech’ awards

Pietro Gorlier (right), Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) FCA, presents Joe Felix, a technician at Crystal Lake Chrysler Jeep® Dodge Ram in Illinois, with a Mopar “Top Tech” award.

 

Mopar recently announced its lineup of 2018 Mopar “Top Tech” award winners, part of the program’s mission to identify and recognize elite dealership technicians. The 100 Mopar “Top Tech” award winners were chosen from more than 26,000 eligible candidates throughout the FCA US LLC dealership network.

 

Now in its fifth year, the Mopar “Top Tech” program identifies outstanding dealership technicians using criteria such as dealership tenure, training achievements and Fixed First Visit data, a key metric used in customer satisfaction survey feedback.

 

The 100 Mopar “Top Tech” award winners hail from all regions across the U.S. Winners will receive a Snap-On BluePoint technician tool cart, a Snap-On cordless ratchet and video inspection scope.

 

The Mopar “Top Tech” awards are just one initiative used by FCA US to retain and grow its pool of technicians. Over the last three years, more than 3,500 techs have been added to its dealership network.  [03/29/18]

Three more teams qualify for HROT Engine Challenge

The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge third event of the 2018 season was held at the Summit Piston Powered AutoRama in Cleveland, Ohio, March 16-18. There eight teams from three states competed to qualify for the Dual National Championship held at the SEMA and PRI shows later this year.

 

To qualify for the Dual National Championship, a team must finish disassembling and reassembling a small-block Chevrolet engine in less than 33 minutes, including penalties.

 

Three teams qualified. Coming in at fifth place was team Mr. Gasket, C D Hylton High School from Woodbridge, VA, with the run time of 30 minutes 31 seconds. In second place was Team Remflex, Franklin County Career & Technology Center from Chambersburg, PA, with the time of 21:02.

 

The first-place team over all was team Vibrant Performance, Burton Center for Arts & Tech from Salem, VA, with a blistering time of 18:12.The IX Center also held the Junior Engines second year competition as part of this fantastic show. The experience allows individuals or teams comprised of two individuals with one team member being 5-18 years of age. Together they must completely disassemble and reassemble a complete single cylinder OHV engine, utilizing only basic hand tools. Some of the goals behind this contest are to help individuals develop great communication skills and self-esteem.

 

For additional information in starting a team or sponsorship opportunities, contact Rodney Bingham at RBingham@hotroddersoftomorrow.com or call at 815-722-5460.  [03/29/18]

New models, historic colors for Dodge SRT

Dodge//SRT answers enthusiast demand with a wide variety of models, trims, engines, packages and some of the most recognizable high-impact and heritage hues designed to flaunt the legendary Dodge performance attitude. For the latest in customization on Challenger R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker and 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker models, the all-new Shakedown Package is added to the vast array of stripe options available on Challenger.

 

Uniting old-school muscle and modern styling, the Shakedown Package adds unique asymmetrical black racing stripes that flow up and over the rear decklid and roof, then around the Shaker hood scoop, white-face gauges on the instrument cluster and an upgraded Alpine audio system. With the upgraded audio system, the R/T Shaker receives six premium speakers and a 275-watt amplifier, and R/T Shaker Plus and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker receive nine premium speakers and a 506-watt amplifier. The Shakedown Package was inspired by the 1971 Dodge Shakedown Challenger that debuted at the 2016 SEMA Show.

 

New for 2018, B5 Blue and Plum Crazy (shown) exterior paint colors are now available on all Chargers and Challenger models, bringing a sense of nostalgia and powerful bursts of color to highways and dragstrips across the country.  [03/29/18]

Any Polara fans out there?

One of 41 Max Wedge/3-speed Polaras sold in America during the 1963 model year, and one of only five currently listed in Galen’s Registry, this stunning Max Wedge Polara is a model of collectability.

 

Chrysler’s top option for power hungry gearheads, this car’s legendary 426 cubic inch Ramcharger V8 creates a dyno-proven 409 horsepower. Behind that mill, the car’s restorers substituted a tough A833 4-speed for the correct T85 3-speed that’s included with the sale. There’s a rebuilt front torsion bar and rear leaf suspension that’s been completely restored to include old school manual steering.

 

It’s for sale through RK Motors Charlotte. For more information or to make an offer go to here[03/29/18]

Fel-Pro celebrates 100 years

Fel-Pro Gaskets is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a schedule of customer-focused activities culminating in an industry and community open house on Saturday, July 21, at the Fel-Pro engineering, manufacturing and distribution complex in Skokie, IL.

 

Fel-Pro, founded in 1918 in Chicago, was acquired in 1998 by Federal-Mogul Motorparts. It is a worldwide manufacturer of replacement gaskets and sealing products for cars, truck, marine, performance, and severe-duty applications.   [03/29/18]

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mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

Although Matt Hagan (far lane) left the starting line first, Jack Beckman came on strong to take the Funny Car win. 

 

It was an all-Dodge Charger final round at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL, as Jack Beckman defeated Matt Hagan. See the complete race report at here.

 

Next on the schedule for the Mopar and Dodge//SRT squad is the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, scheduled for April 6-8 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event will be the first at the venue since the dragstrip was reconfigured to accommodate the unique “four-wide” drag racing format, which features drivers competing in four separate lanes simultaneously.  [03/29/18]

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!