Duluth.com the Magazine: Midwest Mopars North – Reving Engines and Raising Cash

6TH ANNUAL CAR SHOW TO BENEFIT HOMELESS ANIMALS It doesn’t matter whether you prefer the velvety purr of a Mercury Cougar, or the deep, throaty rumble of a Dodge ...

6TH ANNUAL CAR SHOW TO BENEFIT HOMELESS ANIMALS

It doesn’t matter whether you prefer the velvety purr of a Mercury Cougar, or the deep, throaty rumble of a Dodge Charger. All makes and models are welcome at the 6th annual Midwest Mopars North (MMN) car show, taking place June 25th at Clyde Iron. And, the event is a great way to support a worthy cause: 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to local animal shelters.

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Photo by MIKE BUSCHE

While MMN club was created by and for Mopar enthusiasts, the event is more about celebrating the camaraderie fostered by the hobby than excluding any certain make or model. As chapter director, Mike Busche shares, “I think all car enthusiasts would agree there’s nothing better than the sound of a big block V8 as it fires off first thing on a crisp, summer morning.”

EVOLUTION OF THE CLUB

Midwest Mopars North, based in Duluth, was established by Busche in 2011. The club is a chapter of Midwest Mopars, whose home base is in the Twin Cities. Mopar is a slang term traditionally used to describe the Dodge, Plymouth, DeSoto, and Chrysler brands, such as Jeep and AMC.

MMN has come a long way since its inception in 2011. Membership has swelled to more than 30, and club structure has been formalized to include officers as well as regular members. MMN regularly teams up with other local car clubs (such as the MN Challengers and Bay City Mopars from Thunder Bay, Ontario) to participate in events and shows.

Club meetings take place once a month over dinner, and members participate in local parades, car cruises, and a variety of local shows, in addition to MMN’s own annual show. The group gathers together for summer barbeques and an annual Christmas party. They enjoy a bit of friendly competition each summer while racing at the Garfield Drags in Duluth, and Rock Falls Raceway near Eau Claire.

And, members always anticipate the annual trip to Farmington, MN for Mopars in the Park, a multi-day event put on by Midwest Mopars, MMN’s “parent” organization. “Our club spends a lot of time together, and has become like another family to me,” Busche shares.

PLANS FOR A BIG SHOW

On June 25, Midwest Mopars North will hold its sixth annual car show at the Clyde Iron/Heritage Center parking lot in West Duluth, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a $10 entry fee for show cars, while spectators and non-competing cars will receive free admission. This year’s feature car is the 1970 – 1974 E-Body Mopar.

Participants will vote to select the winners, who will each receive a trophy, and there will be plenty of opportunities to win a prize; giveaways will be distributed throughout the show, and there will also be a 50/50 raffle. The show will go on, rain or shine.

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Photo by BRITTANY SZYBCZYNSKI

It doesn’t matter whether or not your car is in “show condition.” All proud car owners are encouraged to attend. As MMN member and club officer, Steve Leino says, “We believe everyone should be encouraged in the pursuit of their individual automotive dream.”

SHARING THE LOVE WITH LOCAL ANIMALS

Several previous MMN car shows have shared a portion of their proceeds with a local charity. Past recipients have included the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, and the Scottish Rite Clinic. But something special happened when MMN donated its car show proceeds to local animal shelters for the 2015 show.

Animal Allies and the Douglas County Humane Society were both well-represented at the 2015 show, which featured information booths, volunteers, and a couple of special guests: ambassador dogs! Spectators and participants alike were thrilled to spend time snuggling with Buddy and Diesel, and to speak to shelter volunteers about the importance of pet adoption.

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Photo by MIKE BUSCHE

This year, MMN is pleased to announce it will once again be donating 100 percent of car show proceeds, split 50/50, to Animal Allies and the Douglas County Humane Society. Animal Allies Executive Director, Lindsay Snustad shares, “We are thrilled the Midwest Mopars North Car Show is once again donating a portion of the proceeds to Animal Allies. This car show is always such a popular event for car enthusiasts and our community. And Diesel, our ambassador dog, is excited to be there again this year!”

CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Midwest Mopars North is always looking for new members. People who just want to learn a bit more about the club are welcome to attend a monthly meeting. Meetings are held the third Friday of every month, year-round. If you choose to become a member, Midwest Mopars’ annual membership is $20 per person, or $25 for a family. Whether you are a meticulous motor head with a passion for exhibiting your car, or a laid-back spectator looking for a wholesome way to spend a summer day, the Midwest Mopars North car club invites you to attend its show on June 25th. With proceeds benefiting the furry and less fortunate, your attendance is also a great way to support the mission of helping homeless pets find their forever homes.

To learn more about Midwest Mopars North, please contact Mike Busche at (218) 349- 8413, or michaelbusche440@gmail.com, or visit the club’s website, midwestmopars.com The club is also on Facebook, under MidwestMopars North.  Written by Andrea Busche. Originally Published in Duluth.com the Magazine May 2016 issue. Get yours on newsstands today.

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