Since I was a little boy I have had a love for cars. I can still remember looking out the back window of my father’s 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline and naming off the brands of cars as they passed by. Americans have had a love affair with cars for decades and the brand loyalty towards car manufacturers is part of our heritage. One of those car brands is MoPar where this name was first used in 1923.
An exhibition of those brands of Plymouths, Dodge, DeSoto, and Chryslers were showcased recently at lot. There was every color imaginable both newer and older models, including a vintage1944 Plymouth 4-door sedan that was on display. Muscle cars of the current era were in abundance. The latter looked speedy just sitting in the parking lot.
I met the president of the two year old MoPar Club Chris Raymond. His wife Susan acts as the secretary. They currently have over 100 plus members.
What about the heart part of the club? The club at their annual fund-raiser gave over $3,000 to a young boy fighting leukemia and the latest report is that he is improving. They do a fund-raiser every year and this year they have designated the money raised to go to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children. The club is a 501(c)3 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the hospital. Club meetings are held on the second Sunday of the month at 11am at the Golden Valley Brewery, 1520 NW Bethany Blvd, Beaverton.
Membership for a couple is $35.00 or $25.00 for an individual. They have a car show that will take place Saturday, July 29th, from 10-3pm where you will find over 50 vehicles representing their club. The location will be at the Golden Valley Brewery.
They have two basic rules. One: you have to own a MoPar vehicle. Number two: respect other members.
From what I witnessed at Shirley’s Tippy Canoe restaurant they have a lot of fun and good fellowship; and they also talk about things other than cars, but let’s be honest, they mainly talk about their prized possessions.
If you are interested in attending a cruise-in go to pdxcarculture.com to see a more complete listing. They can also be contacted at pdxmoparmuscle for a Facebook page or firstname.lastname@example.org