VOLUME XII,  ISSUE 3 - SEPTEMBER,  2017

mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!
mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

Allen Johnson honored by Bristol Dragway

Allen Johnson (left) laughs as Jerry Caldwell shows him what his golf bag will look like.Former NHRA Pro Stock star Allen Johnson was honored by Bristol Dragway employees and family with a special champagne toast celebration on Thursday, Dec. 14.

 

Bristol Dragway GM Jerry Caldwell also presented Johnson with a customized Thunder Valley golf bag to honor Johnson’s career and support for the track and the region in Tennessee. Johnson retired from the NHRA circuit at the end of this season.

 

“Coming here and seeing this means so much to my family and team,” the Greeneville, TN, native said. “We’ve always had great camaraderie all through the years. It’s nice to go out and see the sights [on the NHRA circuit], but it’s always awesome coming home and seeing the mountains and Bristol.”  [12/16/17]

Dodge Garage

Dodge Garage, a digital content hub and premier destination where muscle car and race enthusiasts can hang out to get the latest on all things Dodge, SRT and Mopar, will launched on Thursday, Dec. 7.

 

Dodge Garage curates content from across hundreds of websites and forums, in addition to the Dodge brand’s digital and social channels, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to deliver the latest muscle car and racing news to enthusiasts.  [12/16/17]

Team Fel-Pro wins 2017 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow championship

The Final Half of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge 2017 Dual Championship took place this past week at the PRI Show in Indianapolis, IN. It included 18 teams that came from coast to coast to battle to become one of the Top 4 teams to move on and compete in the Elite eight playoffs for the 2017 National Championship at the PRI Show Dec. 8th and 9th.

 

A total of forty-five teams competed at the SEMA and PRI shows just to get into the Elite Eight competition. The top four SEMA show seeds against the top four PRI show seeds.

 

The top four teams that competed at the PRI Show were Team K&N, from Burton Center for Arts & Tech in Salem, VA, who came in fourth place with an average of 20:59. Team Derale from Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, GA, came in third place with an average of 20:25. Team QA1, from Forsyth Central High School from Cumming, GA, came in second place with an average of 18:29. And in first place came Team Meziere from Burton Center for Arts & Tech in Salem, VA, with the best average of 17:51.

 

The top four teams from the SEMA Show were Team Howards Cams, from Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, MI, with an average time of 19:07. Team Fragola Performance Systems, Fremd High School in Palatine, IL, came in second place with an average time of 20:56. Team Aeromotive, Eastern Oklahoma Technology Center out of Choctaw, OK. took third place with an average time of 21:52. Team Fel-Pro, Tulsa Technology Center from Broken Arrow, OK. came in fourth place with an average time of 23:08.

 

The times are based on three important parts. First it is the average of the three times the teams competed. Second, are the penalty minutes added for mistakes made during dis-assembly and re-assembly and the third part is a 50-question written test on parts and tools identification along with general engine and rules knowledge.

 

Only three seconds separated the first and second place teams, and just 17 seconds between first and third place! But in the end Team Fel-Pro, Tulsa Technology Center from Broken Arrow, OK. came out on top with the average time of 17:06.

 

Each student earned scholarship opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 from Ohio Technical College, School of Automotive Machinists & Technology, and Universal Technical Institute.

 

Congratulations to all the teams.   [12/16/17]

New Mopar Parts Distribution Center open in Detroit

FCA US LLC officially opened a new 500,000-square-foot Mopar Parts Distribution Center (PDC) Dec. 6 in metro Detroit, marking the second new Mopar PDC to open in the U.S. this year. The Romulus, Michigan, facility employs more than 100 workers and represents an investment of $10.4 million by FCA US.

 

With an additional PDC opened earlier this year in Winchester, Virginia, FCA US has invested $22.6 million in 2017 to strengthen its parts distribution network in the U.S., with 23 PDCs in North America. Combined, the two facilities represent more than 170 jobs.

 

In addition to U.S. growth, Mopar has also recently expanded its international parts distribution network. In less than five years, Mopar has added four new parts distribution centers, including joint ventures in Asia, Europe and South America. Mopar has a footprint of more than 50 PDCs worldwide, including North America.  [12/16/17]

New digs for Mickey Thompson

Mickey Thompson’s street, strip and off-road tires and wheels are now rolling out of a new facility in the company’s hometown of Stow, Ohio. Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels opened its state-of-the-art headquarters and warehouse in September. The new location covers 200,000 square feet, including 20,000 square feet of office space.

 

The facility serves as the eastern distribution center and corporate headquarters for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, which includes both the Mickey Thompson and Dick Cepek brands.

 

Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels’ new headquarters can be found at: 4651 Prosper Drive, Stow, Ohio, 44224[12/16/17]

NHRA expands Factory Stock

Top Fuel racer Leah Pritchett has taken a Drag Pak car down the racetrack several times this year.

 

We hear that retired Mopar Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson will be moving into the expanded Factory Stock class next season. There are seven NHRA national events that will run the Factory Stock Showdown.

 

Other pro drivers who have already driven in some of the FS events include Erica Enders, Bo Butner and Leah Pritchett. Other drivers reportedly are planning on driving the COPO Camaro, Ford Cobra Jet and Dodge Challenger Drag Pak cars.

 

2018 Factory Stock Showdown

 

March 15-18: Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.

April 27-29: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.

June 15-17: NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn.

June 21-24: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio

Aug. 29-Sept. 3: Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis

Sept. 21-23: AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis

Oct. 4-7: AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Dallas

 

We are happy to see the class expand and hope it stays with cars that the general public can more easily identify as “stock.” A real rivalry between the auto makers would bring a lot of excitement and fan interest to the class.  [12/16/17]

Four FCA US vehicles named Consumer Guide Best Buys

The 2018 Dodge Durango

 

The automotive editors at Consumer Guide® Automotive awarded four FCA US LLC vehicles the 2018 Best Buy distinction.

 

In its second year on the market, the Chrysler Pacifica captures both the Minivan and Family Vehicle Best Buy awards two years in a row. Also for the second consecutive year, the Fiat 124 Spider takes home a Best Buy award, this one in the Sporty Performance Car category.

 

Dodge Durango earns the Best Buy award in the Large SUV segment for the sixth consecutive year and the Ram 1500 captures the Best Buy award for Large Pickup Trucks for the 10th straight year.  [12/16/17]

Newport Car Museum opens in Rhode Island

Since it opened on June 1 this year the Newport Car Museum has become an instant hit with car clubs and tour groups exploring the Northeast and especially the popular vacation destination of Newport, Rhode Island. The museum’s location in nearby Portsmouth, R.I., is a 114,000-square-foot building once devoted to missile manufacturing with 50,000 square feet of exhibit space, another 5,000 for special events, and a free parking area for 300+ cars.

 

An artistic presentation of some 60 cars represent seven decades of automotive design – from the fabulous ’50s to today’s hottest designs. Five separate galleries showcase Ford/Shelbys, Corvettes, World Cars, Fin Cars and Mopars.

 

Special wall art (much of it consigned); theatrical lighting; turntables; and videos with directional sound celebrate the cars as works of art. There are no barrier ropes around the cars, and pieces from an eclectic collection of Mid-Century modern furniture (representing iconic designers such as Eames, Knoll Bassett, Jacobsen and Wegner) are dispersed throughout the museum, giving visitors a comfortable place for rest and reflection. The one to two hours it typically takes to tour the museum includes time for test driving skills on one of the museum’s six driving simulators, just like those used by Red Bull Racing’s Formula 1 Team.  [12/16/17]

IRGSE buys European road racing school

IRG Sports + Entertainment has acquired the Bertil Roos Racing School, a European-style road racing school. IRGSE is the owner of the IHRA and IHRA Australia.

 

Bertil Roos will continue to run programs at existing locations and will add resident driving schools at Palm Beach International Raceway, which began the week of Nov. 11, and at Memphis International Raceway in 2018. IRGSE owns both of those racing facilities, along with Maryland International Raceway, Cordova International Raceway and the exclusive Palm Beach Driving Club.

 

In addition, IRGSE acquired the complete Formula fleet and spares from the Skip Barber Racing School. These vehicles are undergoing complete overhauls and will be permanently situated at the Palm Beach and Memphis Bertil Roos Racing School locations.

 

Bertil Roos Racing School will service seven track locations in 2018 with a fleet of 45 open-wheel Formula cars and 20 full-bodied cars, along with offering trackside support. Corporate headquarters will be based in West Palm Beach, Fla.  [12/16/17]

Two Mopar customized Jeep Wranglers make debut

Mopar showcased new Jeep® Wrangler products at the LA Auto Show. On display were a four-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and a two-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport uniquely customized with a selection of Jeep Performance Parts and accessories from Mopar.

 

The Mopar brand’s new lineup for the all-new Jeep Wrangler was created after more than 100,000 hours of development, validation and testing. Most of the 200-plus new Jeep Performance Parts and accessories from Mopar for the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be available when the vehicle arrives in dealerships.  [12/16/17]

SEMA accepting scholarship applications

SEMA is now accepting applications for the 2018 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund for students preparing for careers in the auto or auto-parts industries.

 

New this year, high-school and part-time students can apply for a scholarship. The change is part of an effort by SEMA’s Scholarship Committee to start students down the automotive path and support their efforts at an earlier stage.

 

“SEMA is dedicated to activating the next-generation automotive workforce by providing financial support and career resources to students enrolled in various high schools, universities, colleges and/or vocational schools in the United States,” said SEMA Chairman-Elect Tim Martin.

 

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship program offers financial assistance of up to $5,000 to help foster the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Students can apply for the scholarship at www.sema.org/scholarships. The deadline for the program is March 1, 2018.

 

Scholarships are available in a variety of categories, such as accounting, sales and marketing, and engineering. Dozens of awards ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 will be given out, with a $5,000 award going to the top student.  [12/16/17]

Chrysler 300 named Edmund’s most wanted large car

The Chrysler 300 is the winner of the Large Car segment in Edmunds’ Most Wanted awards. This recognition honors the most in-demand vehicles based on sales, days-to-turn and shopper interest data on Edmunds.

 

The 2018 Edmunds Most Wanted Award winner for each of the 17 segments was determined by analyzing data from the first nine months of 2017 for all models on sale during that period. For each segment, Edmunds identified which models had the highest levels of two types of shopper consideration based on Edmunds site activity, the highest sales and the lowest average days-to-turn. The rankings for each of these data sets were weighted equally to determine the winners in each segment.

 

For 2018, the Chrysler 300 lineup delivers on the brand’s promise of iconic and elegant design executed with world-class performance, efficiency and quality – all at an attainable value. Offering class-exclusive innovations and advanced technology at the driver’s fingertips, the 300 lineup includes the Uconnect 4 system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, improved features and an award-winning interface.

 

The Chrysler 300’s standard TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission delivers up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg) highway fuel economy when paired with the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

 

Available on the Touring, Touring L, 300S and Limited is the segment’s most advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, which seamlessly engages at any speed to enable optimal traction and control based on conditions, driving style and road surface.

 

Standard on the 300C and available on the 300S, the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with 363 horsepower is the most powerful V-8 engine in its class.   [12/16/17]

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mopar memos The latest news, rumours & Info!

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