HEMI Highway Tour Stop #7
Sunday, November 21, Morrow, Georgia – Rick Ellis, President of the North Georgia Mopar Club, wants you to know that loving Chrysler products is more than just a hobby, its a reason for folks with a common interest to come together and do some good.
Founded in 1990 by four guys who shared a love for all things Mopar, particularly the A-Body vehicles (Plymouth Duster, Dodge Dart, Plymouth Barracuda, etc.) of the 1960s, the North Georgia Mopar Clubs goal was to give Mopar vehicles stronger representation at local automotive events. Twenty years later the club has grown to more than 350 members from all over Georgia and the southeastern United States.
Rick, who has always been a Mopar guy offered this explanation for his involvement with the Mopar enthusiast community: My wife is to blame for this! In 2000, she got one of the first Chrysler PT Cruisers and joined a PT Cruiser club. Ricks wife joined the club before she even had possession of her PT. The overwhelmingly popular Cruiser was delivered on a Thursday and by that Saturday she was on her first cruise.
My wife was having too much fun, so I had to go out and get a Chrysler Prowler, Rick continued. Its one of the last Prowlers ever made and I love it!
After many years as a club member and then vice president, Rick was given the opportunity to succeed president Chris Street when Chris stepped down. Rick had just retired from law enforcement and had the time to get more involved with the club.
Chris started a lot of momentum with the clubs involvement with charities, and I wanted to maintain that momentum into my presidency, Rick said.
Chris echoed Ricks statements. I cant say enough about this club, he said. Were more than just a group of gearheads were a group of caring, giving people.
The North Georgia Mopar Club gave more than $13,000 to charities in 2009, and theyre hoping to top that by the end of this year. Charities gifted include the N.G.M.C. Hero Fund (www.northgeorgiamoparclub.com), Victory Junction Gang (www.victoryjunction.org), Rainbow Village, Inc. (rainbowvillage.org), Angel Flight (angelflight.org), Toys for Tots (www.toysfortots.org), Susan G. Komen for the Cure (www.komen.org) and Hot Rodders Childrens Charity (hotrodderschildrenscharity.org).
And here you thought the most charitable thing Dodge owners ever do is allow you to pass them on the highway every once in a while!