Squeeze the Citrus, And a Little Mopar Comes Out


 

Florida is appropriately called “The Sunshine State.” Let’s face it, they’ve earned it.

 

But Florida could be easily called “The Mopar State,” as well. No matter where we went, communities in Florida rolled out the red carpet for us and our two HEMI-powered cars. We couldn’t have felt more at home.

 

Tucked away in the small town of Inverness – about 90 minutes north of Tampa – we visited a group appropriately titled “Citrus Mopars.” Founded by Ken McNally and Mike Bonadonna, the club just got its start back in February of 2010.

 

 

Partnered with a local dealership (Crystal Chrysler), Citrus Mopars was formed in response to a need for a Mopar-specific club in the area. “Mopars deserved a better rep around here,” said Ken, the Club’s Vice President. “Many of these cars are rare and attract a lot of attention. We are trying to preserve that here,” he added.

 

The Citrus crew started with just three members back in February, but has grown by 60 members in just 10 months. “It seems like we’re picking up a few new members every week,” quipped Mike.

 

Bill Scanny, General Sales Manager of Crystal Chrysler, saw promise in this club. When he turned to Citrus Mopars to put on a car show, he knew they would come through. With just six weeks of preparation, Citrus was able to gather 55 cars in an all-Mopar display. Pretty impressive if you ask us.

 

As a result, Bill paid for a new Citrus Mopars banner (shown below) that graced the front of the dealership when we arrived. He truly appreciates their passion.

 

 

But what’s great about joining Citrus Mopars is the relaxed, laid back atmosphere that they put forth. “While some clubs are like parliamentary rule, we take quite a different approach,” Ken told us. “This is very informal. No politics. No dues. And we like to keep it that way.”

 

In addition, Mike drove home a very important fact about Citrus Mopars. “You don’t even have to own a Mopar to join our club. You just have to like them. It’s all about the cars.”

 

When we asked, “Why Mopar?” Ken gave us a very simple answer. “Chrysler has always been a company that has brought new things to the market that others are simply too afraid to try.” He continued, “They’ve always been very dependable cars for me. I have to have the letters D-O-D-G-E on my cars.”

 

 

We thank Citrus Mopars and Crystal Chrysler for their hospitality. Love the stuff we’re seeing with you all. Keep the membership list growing. It’s a worthy cause.

 

On a side note, Heather made the save of the day on our way to visit with Citrus Mopars. While cruising down the highway, we both caught a glimpse of good size turtle attempting to cross the road. We narrowly missed him by inches.

 

Instead of just continuing on leaving the reptile’s life to chance, we doubled back at warp speed to extend his stay here on Earth. We both gladly hit triple digit speeds to save this turtle who we proudly named, “Sublimey.” Please be careful next time.

 

 


  • Pedro/DFWLX President

    Great Article guys!!! Did you keep the turtle?? lol. I drove the roads of Florida on my way to Orlando…. i saw a alligator on the road… i didnt stop to pick it up but i did slow down to let it pass by me. Congrads to the Citrus Mopars for their sponsorship!!!

  • http://www.westcoastchallengers.com West Coast Challengers

    Another fine Mopar club worthy of support. Keep up the good work.

  • Brian Perry

    I can not figure out why dodge does not make a 2500 Hemi with a manual transmission. I think they need to make it an option on the new pickups. Everything else is perfect about the pickups accept for the fact you can not get a manual transmissio option.

  • http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3089456 paladin06

    Great work. Keep it coming.

  • Hemihead

    squeeze her citrus