MOPAR OR NO CAR – ENTHUSIASTS MOTTO WHEN IT COMES TO CARS

April 23, 2013 by  
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MOPAR OR NO CAR – ENTHUSIASTS MOTTO WHEN IT COMES TO CARS

Mega Mopar Action Series Takes Over the Motorplex on Saturday

ENNIS, Texas (April 23, 2013) – When it comes to the love of a car brand, most car club members are very clear about their choices: It’s EITHER Mopar, Ford or Chevy. Rarely is it a combination of the Big 3 manufacturers.

As the Mopar Action Series brings the Mopars to the Motorplex back to Texas Motorplex this Saturday, Bill Boon talks about his love of cars from an early age. Boon, known as the Texas Trailer Man, is one of the supporters of the Mopars at the Motorplex event and his club, Cowtown Mopars, will be vying for car show awards and drag racing titles when gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Texas Motorplex sat down with Boon to get an idea of what separates a Mopar lover from all other car enthusiasts.

 

Q: When did you first start paying attention to cars?

BOON: To me, it’s “MOPAR or no car”.  I’m sure most car enthusiasts have heard that saying throughout the years. I grew up in a family that owed Buicks and Fords. Buicks for cruising and Fords for “show and go”, and noise!

When I was about 9 years old, my dad had a good friend who owned a big ‘55 Chrysler 300 that would scald the tires in first and second gears. I thought that was really cool. That car was fast and I loved riding in it, I went every time I got a chance. I remember getting the brochures and reading them over and over again. The car had a 331 Firepower Hemi motor, and it had power steering. It was cool looking too, much better looking than Granddad’s Buick. That was the beginning of my interest in, and my love for MOPAR’s.

 

Q: How many Mopars have you owned in your lifetime?

 

BOON: I’ve owned 18 MOPAR’s total. The first one was when I was 16 and in high school – a 1933 Plymouth 2 door sedan. I owned two MOPAR’s that I wish I had today because I could retire on them. In 1971 I bought a ‘71 Sport Fury GT 440 HP, and in 1986 I bought a ‘70 Hemi Cuda Convertible.

Plus I have had five MOPAR Drag Race Cars, a ‘70 Duster 340ci SS/IA, which in ‘77 I turned into a bracket car. That car was sold in Houston and is still running in South Texas, somewhere.  I also had a ‘70 Cuda 440ci bracket car that I got from my good friend Jackie Lewis who owns Prescott Raceway Park in Arkansas. I once owned a ‘73 Dodge Colt 440ci Super Gas car which I sold to a chiropractor in Albuquerque, NM, and is now in Indianapolis, IN. There was also a ‘69 Dart 440ci bracket car, a ‘70 Challenger 440ci Super Gas/bracket car-which a young man and his dad from Blum, Texas bought. And right now I have a ‘74 Dodge Dart Sport 440ci Super Street or Super Pro Electronics Bracket Car – the Texas Trailer Man car!!

Q: What is your daily driver?

 

BOON: I currently own a 2004 Ram Quad Cab with 5.9 Diesel and 6 speed with 320,000 miles, and a 2007 Ram Quad Cab Dually with 5.9 Diesel and Automatic with 82,000 miles. Those trucks are the best I have every owned.

 

Q: What Mopar do you have your eye on for the future?

 

BOON: I would like to own one of the new Challenger’s with the Modern Hemi, but my wife won’t let me. She says I need to do all my racing on the drag strip, not on the street. She has been telling me that since 1965, and I’ve learned to mind her pretty well!!  I almost convinced her earlier this year to get one of the Chrysler 300’s with the Modern Hemi.

 

Q: What makes Mopar such a special word and important part of your life?

 

BOON: I have been in love with MOPAR’s since 1956 and proud of it. When they came with the new Charger and Magnum rear wheel drive cars I knew they were on to something good. The younger generations really began to be interested in Chrysler cars again. Next came the new Challenger’s and the bigger, badder Modern Hemi’s which created a whole new generation of Hi Performance enthusiast’s. As MOPAR Pro Stock Drag Racer Allen Johnson would say “They are bad to the bone” and it’s something we can all celebrate together every year at the Mopars at the Motorplex event.

 

WHAT:         Texas Motorplex plays host to an all Mopar party on April 27 with the region’s best Mopar car clubs, drag racing, swap meet, car corral, vendor midway, car show and more!

 

WHERE:      Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas.  Track is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis, between Interstates 35 and 45.

 

WHEN:          April 26-27, 2013

WHAT ELSE:   Fast Friday will usher in the weekend when Mopar racers will take on any and all non-Mopar competitors during the Fast Friday event on Friday, April 26.

 

SCHEDULE:      Friday, April 26: Gates open at 6 p.m., racing 7 p.m. – midnight. Saturday, April 27: Mega Mopar Action Series’ Mopars at the Motorplex: Gates open: 9 a.m.: Time trials begin; 10 a.m.: Car show judging begins

TICKETS:     Adults $15; Youth tickets (ages 13-17) $5, Children (12 and under) FREE. Every ticket includes a pit pass. Adult tickets are just $10 if purchased online before April 25.

 

CONTACT:  For more information, contract Texas Motorplex: (972) 878-2641, (800) MOTORPLEX or www.texasmotorplex.com

 

Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

 

 

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