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2016 Chrysler Employee Motorsports Assocation (CEMA) Car Show: Honoring Chargers

“The real secret of success is enthusiasm.” – Walter P. Chrysler

2016 CEMA show

The Chrysler Employee Motorsport Association (CEMA) held its 27th annual show on the grounds of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan in June 2016, honoring the Dodge Charger. The show is dominated by former or current employees of Chrysler, but is open to all makes/models and attracts a healthy variety of participants and spectators.

panoramic view

This was a banner year, with well over 400 show cars on the porch, lawn, and parking lots. The Museum was open for business. A huge number of Dodge Chargers were evident, along with members of the Ramchargers racing team, the Motown and Mopar Missile teams, Dan Eckstrand’s Lawman racing car, two Mopar Missiles, and a 1963 “Candymatic” replica.

CEMA with be making another generous donation to this year’s charity, Leader Dogs for the Blind, in Rochester, Michigan.

Coming in and setting up

charger on the highway


going to museum

new and classic cars


purple challenger

Some of the cars and people

charger 2

Joe Pappas was one of the ace mechanics with SVI, which built and maintained the Mopar and Motown Missile cars. The crew will be inducted into this year’s Mopar Hall of Fame at the Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle on Saturday, July 16. To the left is Ron Mancini, who recently purchased one of his original race cars and looks forward to showing it in the future.

joe pappas

On the left is an actual Army Jeep from World War II; on the right is the Willys civilian version.

willys jeeps

Driving past some famed racing cars including two Missiles.


A panel of designers from the FCA Design Office, led by Dodge/SRT Design head Mark Trostle, gave a presentation on how they look at current trends and past designs, and how they are both often incorporated into future products. A standing room only crowd attended this informative presentation in the Walter P. Chrysler museum auditorium.


One of the design staff’s younger Dodge designers, Ren Stone, once again supplied CEMA with a rendering for a limited edition event poster sponsored by the Dodge Design Office and the dash plaques (sponsored by Southern Motors, a local muscle car dealer).


candymatic rear











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