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Teterboro Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram hosted our seventh annual New Jersey meet-and-show on September 22, 2013. Our expert talks never materialized (though the experts were there!), but thanks to Restored Rusty Relics’ Peter Doll we had some fine judging to go with our unusually nice trophies (thanks to an anonymous benefactor). Rusty Relics’ Tom Lang and Bob Congalton also helped to guide people to parking, which became more of a concern as the area filled up.
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Thanks to the AACA’s Brian Kapral, we had a successful 50/50 raffle; Brian was also invaluable in registering late arrivals, and he and his family took down our canopies in record time at the end. Bob Kapral, who is spearheading a new NCPC Skylands chapter, was able to spread the word and garner some new members.
With perfect weather, we had a record turnout of 58 cars, around two dozen more than in past years.
The Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Club was out in full force, with a dozen of the high-end LH cars, both pure-stock and highly customized, present. 300Ms were the first cars to arrive, at 9:05 am, and the last to leave, at 3 pm. The big sport-luxury sedans had their own row, and garnered two trophies (one for a 300M/LHS class). The club’s Robert Day and Keith Jarvis were partly responsible for their high turn-out, prompted by Allpar and 300M Club member Chris Carpenter — who was set to come from Colorado, stopped only by an oil leak from his 140,000 mile “never-garaged, salt-road-driven” 2000 Chrysler 300M.
Showgoers raised $84 for the National Military Family Association, which helps former service members and their families; 85% of the money they raise goes to the people they help, their director takes a relatively small salary (compared with other charity leaders), and they follow all of Charity Navigator’s best practices for openness. The other $84 from the 50/50 went to Eddy Abbott, who bought the full arm’s length of tickets (and also showed two cars, a 1971 Dodge Challenger and a 1974 Dodge Charger).
Teterboro Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram’s co-owner, Sal Ancito, was present, displaying his own 1959 Imperial and 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst Edition, and talking to the show-goers. Some of them immediately recognized Mr. Ancito and greeted him with words like, “Remember selling me this car in 1970? I've taken good care of it!”
Sal’s son, Teterboro manager Dave Ancito, was present from opening up the dealership doors (to make power, water, and other facilities available) right up to the end of the show, mingling, looking at cars, talking with owners, and, like his father, becoming reacquainted with customers and cars.
The consensus choice for “best in show” was the Canestrale family’s 1957 Plymouth Fury, largely because of the story behind the car. There were cars that had been restored to better than new condition, there were cars that were more rare (including a beautiful red Dodge Monaco convertible that we were itching to give a trophy to), but this car was purchased new by Mr. Canestrale in 1957, when he was 17. He drove it to 130 mph on the salt flats, took it across the country several times, and ended up with 300,000 miles on the clock. Despite being one of the rust-and-fault-prone 1957s, it looks just a few years old now — not quite showroom stock but certainly not 56 years old.
To assign cars to award categories, Mr. Doll used 1989 as the split between “classic” and “modern,” based on being roughly the 25 year mark used by many car clubs and state motor vehicle agencies as the dividing line. He tried to speak with all the owners, including the stories of the car as part of the criteria. Winners were, in no particular order:
Choices were very difficult, given the high quality of the cars present. Nearly every 300M was carefully modified, and the classic cars were often restored to high standards. The Kaprals’ and Ancitos’ cars were excluded from judging (Brian’s superbly restored 1969 Dodge Charger 383HP, with a four-speed A-833 transmission was used in the unsuccessful TV-movie pilot “Americana,” driven by Anthony LaPaglia, and is an AACA first-place winner).
The convertible contingent was well represented, with a 1964 Plymouth Fury, 1965 Chrysler 300L, 1982 Chrysler LeBaron, 1967 Dodge Polara 500, 1968 Plymouth Fury III, 1981 Chrysler LeBaron, 1995 Chrysler LeBaron, and 1971 Dodge Challenger.
Food was provided (for those who chose to opt out of the Burger King across the street) by long-suffering Allpar wife Kate Zatz, ably assisted by Ben Zatz, who ran a large grille with 24 hamburgers, 8 turkey burgers, and 60 kosher hot dogs crossing over; most people were kind enough to provide voluntary donations to cover the cost.
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