Welcome to the Manitoba Mopar Association

The Manitoba Mopar Association is a group of Mopar (Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler, Desoto and AMC) enthusiasts. Our mandate is to responsibly enjoy our Mopars and contribute to the promotion of the automotive hobby. We encourage anyone with an interest in Mopars (either classic or modern) to join us at one of our events.

Update - Aug 25, 2014

2014 Labour Day Show - Monday Sept 1st (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
Sponsored by Gauthier Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

The show is on Labour Day (Monday Sept 1st) and runs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The location is the Gauthier Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 1375 Regent Ave. West. There is no cost but we will be accepting donations for the Movement Centre. (Canada Day dash plaque to those who donate - while supplies last). Spectators are always welcome.

The show is open to all Mopar vehicles and is Manitoba's largest all Mopar show. In tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 426 Hemi we will be reserving space for Hemi powered cars (any year or displacement Hemi) in the front row. Lets get a good display out. If you know of anyone with a Hemi, apply some arm twisting to get it to the show.

Show Sponsor, Gauthier Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will have sales staff on hand if you want to get a new ride. The parts department will be open if you need any parts or Mopar collectibles. Smokin Bob will have his hot dog cart on site for your lunch needs.

The proceeds of the show go to the Movement Centre of Manitoba. There will be a 50/50 draw, prize draws for participants as well as a silent auction.


50th Anniversary of the 426 Hemi

Update - MMA Drag Race Day - Saturday Sept 13th


Mike Arsenault's Cuda at Brainerd MN

The MMA Drag race sponsored by Eastern Chrysler Dodge Jeep will be Saturday Sept 13th at Interlake Dragways (Gimli Motorsports Park).

Directions: Go North on Hwy 8 (McPhillips Ave) to Gimli. Left (West) on Provincial Road 231 (about 2 miles) Watch for the sign on the south side. Google Map - Interlake Dragway

Once again the Manitoba Mopar Association along with our race day sponsor Eastern Chrysler Dodge Jeep will be holding a club race day at Interlake Dragway (Gimli). This year we will be honoring the memory of Brian Scott, a long time MMA member and Drag Racing enthusiast, by presenting the inaugural "Brian Scott Top Eliminator Award" to the race winner. Also members of the MBLX club have been invited to participate as our guests.

Those of you who have attended this event in the past will know that this is always a lot of fun, while the rest of you have just heard how much fun it is!! Don’t have a race car? Don’t worry! This is E.T. bracket racing. In this form of racing, two vehicles of varying performance potentials can race on an even basis. The predicted elapsed times for each vehicle are compared, with the slower car receiving a head start equal to the difference of the two. With this system, virtually any two vehicles can be paired in a competitive drag race.

We will be holding our own elimination rounds with awards. All awards will be based on the performance of the driver so every one has the same opportunity to win regardless of whether you have a 4 banger or a Hemi.

Anyone who has never raced before and has wanted to know more about Drag Racing but didn't know where to start is encouraged to come out. On race day, prior to time trials, we will be holding a pre-race orientation for all new racers and there is always your friendly Mopar club racers who will be glad to help you learn the ropes.

The race date is set for Saturday, Sept 13th, 2014. This is a normal track Test and Tune date so other cars will be there. Cost is $60.00 to race and spectators are $10.00. Testing starts at 10:00 am. This means you should be at the track by no later than 9:00 am so you can run your car through tech inspection. In the past, the line up for tech inspection can get long as you get later into the morning, so arrive early. Upon arrival at the track, you will be issued a tech card at the gate. BEFORE GOING TO THE TECH AREA you must bring your tech card over to the pit area where one of the event organizers will have you fill out a waiver and mark your car and tech card. If you do not do this, once your tech card is gone (they take it at tech once your car passes) it is too late, you can not participate in this event.

All cars must pass tech in order to run on the track. This means all IHRA rules apply. The rules are safety driven and correspond to how fast you run; the quicker you run, the more safety rules apply to you and your car. Some of the more common ones are:

Any Mopar is OK so you can bring your PT cruiser, Jeep Liberty, or even that 83 Reliant in grandma’s garage. We are also trying to make this an interesting event for the non MMA spectators, so please have an interesting bit of information that we can provide to the track announcer to talk about. ie “this is a numbers matching 383, 4 speed car” or “ this car has only seen 600 miles since a full rotisserie restoration!”

We will try to keep a pit area for participants but you must arrive early i.e. 8:00 am.

There will be prize money for the top 4 drivers. $100 to win, $50 runner up and $25 for semi final runner ups. Plaques to the winner, runner up and best light.

For more information contact Paul Kun at 1-204-853-7939. (after 6:00 pm). or e-mail Paul Kun

Dodge 100 Years - by Matt DeLorenzo, Published by Motorbooks


Dodge 100 Years - by Matt DeLorenzo, published by Motorbooks International

Dodge - 100 Years, Authored by Matt DeLorenzo.
Published by Motorbooks, a division of MBI Publishing Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Reviewed by Russell Morgan.

For 100 years now, the name Dodge - in one form or another - has survived on either the front, rear or side of transportation products. It all began in 1896 when brothers John and Horace Dodge invented a new kind of bicycle wheel bearing in Detroit, Michigan and (this is ironic) formed a bicycle manufacturing company with a third gentleman in Windsor, Ontario, producing bicycles. After four years of production, the brothers sold their share to the other owner, moved back to Detroit and began a machine shop business. A contract was secured with the Olds Motor Company to make engines for them along with contract work performed for Henry Ford (leading to a 10 percent interest in the company that became a $25 million payout) and the rest, as they say, is history.

Author Matt DeLorenzo is certainly no stranger to the inner workings of the automobile industry. He is the former editor at both Autoweek and Road & Track magazine and has published other titles related to the North American automobile field; he won the 2000 Best of Books award from the International Automotive Media Association for his book Modern Chrysler Concept Cars. With those credentials, his experience and attention to detail and orderly story writing makes this book one of the best written about Mopars in this reviewers opinion.

The book flows wonderfully from the early days at the Dodge Brothers Dodge Main factory, right up into the modern era. There are 20 chapters in the book, each dealing with their own specific element. One thing is prevalent: Dodge has managed to beat the odds. The company has been on the ropes many times. They've been through thick and thin. It's been touch and go. Eat or be eaten! In survival, they became innovative and creative. And sometimes controversial. All these aspects are covered very nicely and respectfully by the author. From the very early days in 1914 with the first Dodge off the assembly line, through the Depression, the war years, the fuel crisis of the 1970s and into the age of off-shore competitors, take-overs, mergers, recessions and bail-outs, the Dodge brand has managed to survive it all.

Dodge 100 Years contains 200 colour and over 100 black and white photos all in this 192 page, 10x12-inch hard cover book. Early historical photos show the test track built at the Dodge Main assembly plant along with early production photos and interior views inside the plant. Also included are many of the marketing posters produced over the years as well as photographs of just about every car produced over the 10 decade run. Concept cars, movie theme cars (left out, though, were photos of Daisy Duke's yellow Satellite and the star of the Dukes of Hazard, The General Lee), war year Allied Forces vehicles, Lee Iacocca's company-saving K-cars and mini-vans and on to the resurrection of the modern street muscle cars of today - it's all covered nicely in this book. Also included is a detailed index. Needless to say, for under $40.00, a Mopar car guy can have a hard-covered treasure of Dodge heritage at his fingertips with this inspiring book.!

Note: As a club we have an oportunity to order this book at a discounted price. If you are intererested please contact Paul Kun.

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