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by David Zatz • see the 2016 show
Teterboro Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram hosted Allpar’s eighth annual New Jersey meet-and-show on September 12, 2015. We had a brief expert talk after the trophies were given out; a starter swap (the video will be coming); some giveaways; a 50/50 raffle benefitting the National Military Family Association ($55 went to them and $55 to Michael Guarracino), which helps former service members and their families; and trivia questions with prizes.
The dealership was planning a food truck, but last minute complications set in, and some people crossed Route 46 to get fast food from the Subway and Burger King, while others went down the sidewalk to Dunkin Donuts.
Only 22 people pre-registered; but another 32 people joined them, providing a respectable show with 54 cars; there probably would have been a better turnout with a better weather forecast. Dark, ominous clouds passed overhead but no rain fell on the site between dawn and at least 4 pm, despite downpours in nearby towns. The next day, incidentally, thunderstorms were predicted to be all but inevitable — and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
The vintage side of the family was represented by a 1922 Dodge Brothers touring car and a 1939 Chrysler Royal; muscle was heavily in evidence, from a Dart GT to a Hellcat Challenger, but so were “ordinary” cars, including four cylinders, slant sixes, and base V8s. There were multiple trucks, including an SRT-powered Jeep Liberty, a tweaked Dodge Ram V10 claiming 1,000 horsepower, and a Ram outfitted with rescue gear and emergency lights. Variety was the name of the game, with “adopted Mopars” including a Renault LeCar, Sunbeam Avenger, and an AMC AMX.
The 300M Club was represented by three 300Ms, while the National Chrysler Product Club Skylands Region, a show sponsor, and the local Restored Rusty Relics club came in force. The Rusty Relics’ Pete Doll acted as the MC, using equipment lent by the Rusty Relics’ T.J. Lang. Dealership sales manager Dave Ancito mingled when he could, and one of the mechanics showed off his vintage Fury.
Allpar’s Bob Lincoln drove down from Massachussetts to give a brief tech talk and demonstration on voltage drop at the battery terminal, and how to check to see if the anti-rust chemicals in the antifreeze are still good.
One of the unexpected events for most people at the meet was when Tom Buss and his daughter Alexandra, who provided some of these photos, showed up in his 1922 Dodge Brothers car, which he answered questions about, demonstrated, let kids sit in, and generally shared. He came a bit late due to the issues of renting a trailer (after the rental shop opened) and then finding parking and figuring out how to get the car into the lot.
Here are the trophy winners:
The judges were old hands: T.J. Lang of Restored Rusty Relics (and Allpar) and Brian Kapral of AACA (and Allpar).
After each show, we go over the feedback from participants and our own experience. What we learned this time was:
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