Our premier show of the year is the Southwest MOPAR Mini Nationals, presented by the Dallas MOPAR Club on Labor Day weekend. We also have at least one dealership show each year and, in association with the Cowtown MOPAR Performance Team, sponsor “MOPARs at the Motorplex,” a springtime car show and top-rated drag race event.
Club cruises consist of a mix of static, “drive-it-and-park-it” events and convoy-type road trips to select destinations in and around Texas and neighboring states.
Aside from shows, cruises, and racing, we also meet monthly (usually on the second Sunday of every month) to discuss club business and MOPAR-related interests. Although there are no participation requirements, the club conducts a 50/50 raffle every meeting where half the amount is awarded to the member with the winning ticket and the other half goes to the vehicle selected by the 50/50 participants–a great incentive for attending meetings!
Finally, the club sponsors a casual catered Christmas party with a gift exchange, games and activities, and live music—a great way to end another MOPAR year.
The affairs of the Dallas MOPAR Club are managed by a board of five members elected from the membership at large; board meetings are held the Friday night preceding the Sunday club meeting and rotate among the homes of the Board members.
Although members are encouraged to attend board meetings, only the five board members (president, vice president, and three directors) may vote on DMC issues. Officer elections—president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer—are conducted every December for a one-year term to be served between January and December. Director positions are for two-year terms and are elected on a staggered basis. Download a copy of the club's bylaws to read more about its rules and regulations.
Informally founded in 1982, the Dallas MOPAR Club was officially organized in January 1983 and published its first newsletter that February. The intent of the founding members (Jerry and Scott Calder, Chris and Mark Cigainero, David Hancock, Scott Graham, and followed soon thereafter by Mark Wilson and Shannon Lilly) was to create a community of MOPAR enthusiasts focused on high performance muscle cars.
The first DMC show was held in 1985 in the parking lot of a hotel in Irving, Texas. With only word-of-mouth advertising, the club hoped to attract around 50 cars, but when 90 cars showed up, a tradition was born. Not long after that, the club began having its annual MOPAR Mini-Nationals at the Preston Road Chrysler Plymouth dealership. To accommodate a larger attendance, the location has since changed several times. Membership remained small for several years, but around 1990 interest in racing started to take hold, and club membership increased significantly. Long-term members such as Ron Dillinger, Gaylen Williams and Bob and Norma Boedeker helped guide the new membership through the various events.
These days, the club’s largest show—the Southwest MOPAR Mini-Nationals—attracts hundreds of visitors with vehicles from all over the United States. It observed its 30th-anniversary show in 2014.