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May 31, 2005 > Mopar Alley Car Show

Mopar Alley Car Show

by Veronica Velasquez

In the United States of America there are three predominant automobile manufactures; General Motors, Ford and Chrysler - the "Big Three." In the mid to late 1930s, Chrysler Corporation looked into consolidating the parts divisions of all its brands - Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, DeSoto, Imperial, etc. - into one entity called Chrysler Corporation Motor Parts. From then on, parts used on any Chrysler Corporation automobiles came in boxes branded with the Chrysler Corporation Motor Parts logo: Mo Par (Motor Parts).
Of the "Big Three," Chrysler is by far the smallest corporation and is often thought of as the underdog, garnering a loyal following among auto enthusiasts. One of these individuals is Bob French, who founded The Mopar Alley Club (MAC) in 1990 to "provide Mopar owners and enthusiasts with the opportunity to associate with other people with like interests."

MAC presently has 300 members both nationwide and in Canada. Ownership of a car is not necessary to join; potential members need only have an interest in Mopar vehicles. Among these MAC members is Gil Garcia, nicknamed "HemiGil", who has been with the club since 1993. He is the club photographer, and takes many of the pictures featured on the group's web site. In his collection of cars are a turbine bronze 1967 Plymouth and a silver four-speed 1967 GTX Charger with a 426 Hemi engine, of which only 108 were made.

The upcoming 15th Annual Mopar Rally, put on by MAC, will be held at Ohlone College. Garcia is the only MAC member to reside in the Tri-Cities area, making this a very special local event. His vehicles are highly valued and have been on display at a Chrysler store in Los Angeles and featured in a Toyota commercial. At this show, his treasured Charger will be on display.

While the younger generations of car enthusiasts pour copious amounts of cash into "tricking out" their vehicles, Garcia chooses not to embellish his collection. Instead, he concentrates on meeting the excellent Mopar standard.

"Both of my cars are stock; I've never touched them," Garcia said, in regards to custom work. "But you could easily sink 35 grand into cars like these."

Tri-City car enthusiasts will have the chance to see these fine specimens of metal muscle for themselves at the 15th Annual Mopar Rally on June 5 at Ohlone College from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be 35 classes of cars in the show, which will feature raffles, goodie bags for the first 200 guests, a plastic model car contest, a swap meet, car corral, and a drawing for $250. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The show is open to the public and admission is free.

The Mopar Alley Club holds meetings every third Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Round Table Pizza on the corner of Saratoga and Moorpark Avenue in San Jose. All are welcome to attend. For more information on Mopar Alley, you can visit their website at

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