A large part of my life with Mopar Man has centered around cars and car events. As a matter of fact we’re in the last minute preparations right now for the big outdoor car show in downtown Gresham called Rockin’ Round the Block. The show is Saturday, Aug. 13, 8am to 5pm. It’s a great event with about 400 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles all lining the downtown parking lots and streets of our little city. If you have a hankerin’ for a big slice of Americana it’s the place to be. There will be a farmer’s market, vendor booths, kid’s activities, trophies, rock ‘n roll music and an old fashioned street cruise. So if you want to have “fun, fun, fun ’til your daddy takes the T-bird away,” come on out and join us.
Mopar Man will have his 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner on display at the show. He ordered this gorgeous piece of muscle (that’s car talk, aren’t you impressed?) before his squadron deployed to Viet Nam. This was our first new car and we desperately wanted to order it with a hemi engine (car guys know that’s a really big deal) but our car payment would have been $10 more a month and we just couldn’t swing it. Just so you know, 1968 hemi roadrunners are now selling for between $100,000 and $150,000. It’s one of those things where hind sight is 20/20. Anyway we bought the orginal roadrunner with the 383 engine and it quickly became a full fledged member of the family. Mopar Man even gave it the name “Ronnie Roadrunner”.
Okay, I can’t help myself I have to tell you a very unusual story about Ronnie Roadrunner. He was built in March of 1968….which in itself is no big deal but get this….our son-in-law’s name is Ronnie and he was born in March of 1968…doo,doo, doo, doo, doo doo, doo, doo. When our daughter brought him home for the first time he announced that he too was a Mopar guy and he drove a 1970 Dodge Challenger. Needless to say Mopar Man was thrilled.
Ronnie Roadrunner has played an important role in our family throughout the past 43 years. It carried our baby daughter, Kathleen home from the hospital after she was born and chauffeured her and the groom away from the church after her wedding. Mopar Man taught our sixteen year old son, Michael, how to drive a stick shift in it and helped him replace the clutch when he burned one up learning how to drive a four speed.
Ronnie Roadrunner was a daily driver for more than 17 years and has undergone a series of restorations throughout the years. Currently Mopar Man is planning to reupholster the seats and repaint the body. I’m sure the car will undergo many more changes before our son Michael and grandson Conor inherit it…and the Beep goes on!
I’m going to turn into full grandma mode now and show you some photos of the families’ newest car guy! Go Conor go!!!