Lawrenceville Mopar car show brings back memories, raises charity funds


North Georgia Mopar Club president Dan Clark show off his recently restored 1966 Dodge Dart at his organization's Mopar Southern Classic Car SAhow at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 28, 2016

This time last year, rainy weather washed out the North Georgia Mopar Club’s annual Southern Classic car show at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.But Saturday, the sun shined brightly on those who gathered to feast their eyes on classic and new autos at 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.The two-day fundraising event highlights the Mopar — relating to Chrysler brands, parts and service — culture while allowing attendees to reflect on the past. Each day, the crowd judges 21 Mopar classes.
“It offers a little bit of history if you’re willing to learn,” club president Dan Clark, of Lilburn, said.The North Georgia Mopar Club formed about 30 years ago for local enthusiasts and for the last 15 years, has hosted the car show in several locations in Georgia.
Proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships and to nonprofits such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, ANGEL FLIGHT<sup>TM</sup> and Susan B. Komen. The organization raises money through its events, and at the end of year, donates the funds.
The show includes several types of cars including Chevrolet, General Motors, Ford, hot rods and imports. Clark said Dodge’s re-introductions of two popular models has helped put those vehicles back on the map for car shows.
“Mopar cars are expensive to restore, so this tends to be an old man’s sport,” he said. “That has hurt the Mopar community over the years because it’s expensive for the young kids to get into. Now with the new Challengers and the new Chargers, people can drive those cars for daily transportation and still bring it to a show.”

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