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Mopar “Top Eliminator” program returns

by Bill Cawthon on

The Mopar® “Top Eliminator” program is back for its fifth year, challenging the “best of the best” to produce incredibly accessorized Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth vehicles. The program honors the top Mopar enthusiasts and their vehicles, which will be showcased in the Mopar display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, November 1–4, 2011.

“The ‘Top Eliminator’ program continues to grow and is a favorite among loyal Mopar enthusiasts,” said Pietro Gorlier, Mopar CEO. “The creativity and workmanship that goes into each entry is second to none. With winners receiving a spot in the Mopar display at the SEMA show, the designs continue to reach new levels every year.”

A panel of Mopar representatives will choose one winner from each of three events: The 27th Midwest Mopars in the Park, in Farmington, Minnesota on June 4–5; the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on July 8–10; and the Woodward Dream Cruise in Royal Oak, Michigan on August 20.

The Midwest Mopars in the Park show is the largest all-Mopar Car Show in the Midwest. This year’s Show Special Display will feature 1971 Mopars of all makes and models.

Steve Ashby, from Marietta, Georgia, earned first Mopar “Top Eliminator” award last year in recognition his silver 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T HEMI he showed at the Mopars at The Strip event in Las Vegas. Jerry Stallard, of Columbia Station, Ohio, and his 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE earned “Top Eliminator” honors at the Midwest Mopars in the Park event. Scott Buck of East Greeneville, Pennsylvania, and his 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee were named the Mopar “Top Eliminator” at the 2010 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals.

Lars Skroder’s Yellow 1971 Plymouth GTX was named the Mopar “Top Eliminator” winner at the Mopar Nationals car show. Ken Johnston of Antioch, Calif. received top “Tuner Category” honors with his 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8®. Sarah Abell, from Toney, Ala., was awarded the “Best Appearing” Award for her 2010 “B5Ghost.”

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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