Chrysler Employees Motorsports Assoc.

28th Annual Charity Car Show

Spotlighting ragtops, Prowlers and Vipers

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

  FCA Headquarters & Tech Center - 800 Chrysler Drive - Auburn Hills, Michigan  


My '77 Plymouth Volaré, first car at registration tent, lane 3, Parking Lot 26.  7:30 a.m.

1.  Opening salute, 10 a.m.  (First of 86 pictures that follow.)

2.  Wow!  Did that van just flip?  As with the flag raising on Iwo Jima, when a photographer shoots the picture of a lifetime, I happened to be at the right place, at the right time: on the roof of the parking facility overlooking Chrysler Drive, when I saw this van arriving, for a split second framed between two trees.  My Iwo Jima moment!

3.  After the van slipped from view I rushed from the roof, down four flights of stairs to the ground level, in time for another nice shot.

4.  Love the ingenuity of these car people!

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7.  I look forward to seeing this vehicle in the Dream Cruise.

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21.  Original '71 Dodge Charger, Motown Missile, driven by Don Carlton and presently owned by Californian Arnie Klann.  Insert shows cowl autographs of members of the team that built and campaigned Chrysler's Pro Stock race cars in the period 1970-1974.  Carlton died in a crash at Milan Speedway while testing a Hemi Colt in 1977.  Joe Pappas transported the Missile, on loan from Arnie, to Auburn Hills for the show date.  Tom Coddington and Ted Spehar were also present showing their Mopar classic vehicles.  Not present, Dick Oldfield, closely involved in the development of all the Missile race cars, signed at left.  Other team member autographs include Tom Hoover (deceased), Al Adam, Len Bartush, and Mike Koran.

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23.  Long line of Plymouth Prowlers.  At the far end, Vipers.  Show celebrated 20th Anniversary of the Prowler and 25th Anniversary of the Viper.

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26.  Throwback to old street rod louvers.

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29.  Members of the Prowler design team stand together for a group picture.

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39.  My Volaré in with Michigan Mopars.  1977 Paint code, U3, Caramel Tan (or in some Mopar color listings, "Carmel Tan").  Landau came covered in vinyl; is now covered in off-white cloth top material, with off-white side trim painted to match.

40.  Pinstriping by Glen Designs (Glen Weisgerber) in Edison, New Jersey.  Notation directly from the sheet music; translates as "Volare, oh, oh!"

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46.  Thomas Franzel with his very clean '80 Volaré.  He reports recognition for the car's condition awarded at more than 15 shows.

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88.  To be continued . . .