Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mopar Highlights from SEMA 2013

The SEMA show is a great place to showcase the latest and greatest in the automotive marketplace, be that from the aftermarket, or the factory...

Fortunate for us, Mopar delivered this year...You can watch the full presentation from Las Vegas at 4:40 PM:


The conference began with a video introduction outlining the past of Mopar and the present state, while underlying it remains that is the people that drove the company and continue to drive the company.  Mopar CEO Pietro Gorlier said his favorite line was "Mopar is in service of all those who drive us!"  He continued stating that personalizaton had reached an all knew level and that companies strive to make that easier for the consumer.

The first item of interest was the Mopar Custom Shop.

The Mopar Custom Shops are located near every one of the North American manufacturing plants.  They will be offering installation on factory parts and accessories to truly allow consumers to build their vehicle to order...just like back in the day.  For those on a budget, the upgrades can be included in the financing.  The best part for most is that any and all upgrades done via a Mopar Custom Shop are fully covered under warranty.

A Special Edition Chrysler 200 was utilized to showcase some of the potential parts that a Mopar Custom Shop could equip on the vehicle.

Our next features was the Mopar Jeep Cherokee Trail Carver.  It features a lot of full functional and overly practical additions like the Cargo Management System, Rock Rails, Roof Rack, and Storage Locker.  Sticking to the trails, the next feature was the Jeep Wrangler Recon...outfitted with a 470 HP 6.4L HEMI Crate Motor from Mopar.

We next saw a rehash of last year's surf hit Fiat with the Adventurer.  This is a sporty model of the Fiat 500 that features the ever popular vintage red wheels...which will be offered in many colors and can be installed at, you guessed it, the Mopar Custom Shop.

Sticking to the sand, they highlighted the Ram Sunchaser.  It is a Ram 1500 wearing Vibrance Orange and sporting some really unique features like the Flip-UP Seat Back Tailgate that converts your ordinary tailgate into a mini-couch.  The Ram Box was also outfitted to hold water and made use of a fully functional shower head to allow you to clean up at the beach and carry on with living when reality called.

Next up we saw the Ram Promaster.  This is a workhorse truck/van hybrid that was actually quite cool when outfitted in "race support" trim.  It is targeted to business who need covered storage for delivers and/or tools, and a lot of real estate on the exterior for oversize graphics.  This rig really is a driving billboard.

Now, the best, as usual, was saved for last....

Pietro turned the stage over to Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis and he once again hit on the aspect of personal customizations and how hard it was to do that with the late model cars.  He also admitted that Dodge had dropped the ball the lats few years in terms of not offering up factory performance parts, in particularly the recalibrated engine controller to take advantage of all the upgrades.

He said, "We know, at the end of the day, our diehards are looking for solutions straight from the factory...That's about to change...We are going forward, buy going back."

The Dodge Scat Pack Club

Tim proceeded to announce that an angry giant had been awakened from slumber with the return of the Dodge Scat Pack Club.  He stressed that despite only being active from 1968-1971, that the Scat Pack was still well known and continued to hold lore with enthusiasts.  He stated that the Scat Pack existed outside of corporate walls because of the fan base and enthusiast culture.

The cameras then panned out to the arm of former Hot Rod Magazine writer and Mopar guy, Steve Magnante.  Just last night, Steve got a tattoo of the new Dodge Scat Pack Bee.  Tim mentioned that back in the day, guys like Steve turned to the factory for quality, dependable parts.  He referenced the iconic "staged kits" also known as Scat Packages and proceeded to tell us they would be returning in Spring 2014 with Three Stages Available.

They only outlined the Scat Packages for the 5.7L HEMI, but I will assume other incarnations are coming for 6.1, 6.4, and likely the Dart.  That said, let's take a look at what they amount to...

5.7L HEMI Scat Packages

Stage I: Cold Air Intake, Catback Exhaust, and Performance Engine Controller
Stage II: High Lift Camshaft
Stage III: CNC Ported Cylinder Heads and Tubular Exhaust Headers

In addition to the Staged Upgrade Packages listed above, Tim said they had stand alone upgrades available for Suspension and Braking.  Something a lot of folks may have overlooked is that he then mentioned that they are even in the "test phase" of an electronic exhaust dump and side exhaust, similar to the original Challenger T/A.

To round out the return of the Scat Pack we have the coming launch of ScatPackForums.com.  This is a nod to the original newsletter, in a modern format.  We also got a look at the "new" Scat Pack Rear Window Decals that feature the "1" "2" and "3" Designations behind the Bee.  I can only assume those will be available ONLY with the pre-installed Scat Package of matching designation.  I would also venture to guess that the rest of us can pick up standard Scat Pack Bee decals...Note that these seem to be more of an adhesive backed emblem than "decal."  Not sure how that will work for Charger owners...

If you watch the video from the link above, you will hear and see the start up on a Challenger sporting the side exhaust.

After that clip, Tim said we might have noticed something was missing.  He said that the #2 Most Requested item was the Shaker Hood.  He then went in to how hard it would be to offer it from the factory due to current governmental regulations, but that if it could be figured out it would be a big hit and could be retrofitted on all Challengers due to them having the same hood structure.

Simultaneously, the tarp came off a Scat Pack Equipped Challenger featuring the all new Factory Shaker ala the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker.

The Shaker is factory engineered, fully floating just like the original, and meets all current bs requirements like noise restrictions and crash test ratings.

Tim wrapped up his time on stage by stating that every day, 40,000 people buy new cars and that is from a global brand count of 40 manufacturers.  He stressed, once more, how Dodge and Mopar didn't want to offer a car for everyone like other brands try to do, but rather offer a car that will sell itself to people of the right mindset.  He closed with a lead in to how Mopar had recently begun a long line of leading the way with unique and limited cars via the Mopar 10, Mopar 11, Mopar 12, and Mopar 13.  Pietro returned to the stage...

Pietro hit on the pedigree of the Mopar branded cars and how they embodied the concept for the Mopar Custom Shop and individual identity with your car.  He said, "No one should drive a car that can be confused with another one in the neighborhood."  He then reiterated that Mopar took customer requests from the web to help formulate a strategy for the Mopar 14.  He highlighted the Pistol Grip Shifter, as seen on the Mopar 10, 20" Gloss Black Wheels, Rear Spoiler, Performance Suspension Kit, Cat Back Exhaust, Mopar Blue Body Side Graphic, Custom Leather Seats with Mopar Blue Stitching etc...

He then unveiled the Mopar 14!

The Mopar 14, is based once more, off the Challenger.  It will hit showrooms in the Spring of 2014 and is offered in two exterior colors (white and black) and with three stripe configurations (no details on colors or layout changes).  He then said that stepping up the personalization there would be the option to install 20 factory options, 20 custom shop upgrades ,and more than 100 other accessories.  He said that there can literally be 100 Mopar 14s with all of them completely unique.

He concluded with the line there was no doubt Dodge and Mopar are back to the glory days and echoing a popular sentiment, "Mopar or No Car!"

What are your thoughts on this presentation?  Are you planning to order up a Mopar 14, Challenger R/T Shaker, Scat Pack Stage Upgrades, or just check out the forum?  Let us know!

We will be updating info here at LPS via LoneStarMopars.com and the Mopar 10 Registry.  Check back for all the latest!

Monday, September 9, 2013

AAM Dyno Day at Boost-Performance and September Cruise Night

This past Saturday was a great day for Amarillo Area Mopars. We had a trifecta of Mopar events that cover all facets of the hobby. In the morning we had our Club Dyno Day at Boost-Performance. The afternoon brought on Cruise Night. The evening concluded with a Street Car Shootout at the Track.

AAM Dyno Day: HD Runs

AAM Dyno Day: Walkaround and SD Pulls

September 2013 Cruise Night

Monday, August 5, 2013

Polk Street Cruise 2013

Mopar Nation Midwest Meet & Greet 2013

Viper Dyno Day at Boost-Performance

MAAD 3.0: Inside Wilkinson Racing's 572 HEMI Powered 1986 Dodge Daytona

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Ride of a Lifetime 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mid July Updates!

I just made the post requesting you follow along on Twitter (@ModifiedMopar), but I figured I should at least give you some links to follow.  The links will take you to articles with pictures and videos.

I've got a few more on tap including the Viper Dyno Day video and MAAD 3.0 video highlights.

Plus, there is a lot going on with Project Hard Charger!

That said, here are some links to tide you over:

Amarillo Area Mopars

-HEMI Day: Six Years of AAM:

-May Mopar of the Month:

May Cruise Night:

-June Mopar of the Month: John's 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst:

June Cruise Night:

-July Mopar of the Month: Bill's 440 Powered 1984 Dodge Ram:

-Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Ride of a Lifetime:

Follow LPS on Twitter

Follow Lance's Performance Shop on Twitter


Since LPS is divided up amongst several different sites:

-Amarillo Area Mopars

-Lone Star Mopars

-Mopar 10 Registry

-Project M10

Your best bet is to follow along on Twitter for all the latest!  I'll provide links to the above mentioned sites where you can keep up with everything.

I've cranked out a few features and videos since the HEMI Day Update. 

Needless to say, I stay pretty busy and Twitter is easy to utilize to keep you in touch with what is going on...That said, I will try to do a better job of actually posting here, it is just a bit difficult sometimes.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Happy HEMI DAY 2013

426 needs no introduction...

April 26th might...For those that don't automatically associate everything under the sun with all things Mopar, April 26th converts over to 426...hence why myself and so many others refer to this day as "HEMI DAY."

The great thing about this year, is that HEMI DAY falls on a Friday...that means we not only get Friday to enjoy our HEMI Powered Mopars, but also have the weekend to take it in...

Personally, I don't think you have to have a HEMI to participate, but it is a nice perk...If you don't have a classic 426 Elephant under the hood, fear not...use this day as an excuse, I mean chance, to drive your Mopar regardless of the power plant.

I personally plan to roll in the M10 to work to get my daily dose of HEMI...cruise the Charger over the weekend for a dash of RB, and wrench on the Duster for a little small block action.

What do you have planned?  You can chime on on the LSM Forums:

I should also mention that this is the Six Year Anniversary of Amarillo Area Mopars!  It is hard to believe that on this date 6 years ago I was studying for my last finals and crafting a club that old timers and car people said would never happen.  All I heard was negative about how you couldn't get the Mopars out and no one would be interested...Well, turns out I am not the only crazy, ignorant person...AAM now boasts over 300 members and routinely outnumbers the brand-x camps at local cruises and shows.

You can read more about it here:

Similarly, you can help myself and AAM out by letting us know if you plan to run your Mopar at MAAD 3.0 or attend Chryslers in the Canyon.  Just use the links below:

MAAD 3.0 Racer Roll Call:


Chryslers n the Canyon V Pre-Registration:


Hope everyone enjoys HEMI DAY 2013 and the fact we have the entire weekend to celebrate!

Friday, April 12, 2013


One of the things most exciting about driving, or running errands for any gearhead should be simple enough...Well, past driving that is...You get to see other cars out on the highways, city streets, and nestled away in the farthest outskirts of the parking lot.

I don't always have the opportunity to take a picture, they are rarely anything worth bragging about taking, but I like them for another reason...They are a time piece.  Think back to when you were younger...Remember all those awesome old Mopars you'd see running around.  Maybe you took a picture of the wildest 'Cuda in town, but passed over the plain looking Coronet R/T, or the jacked up Charger...The few people that did take those pics, and kept them, now have pretty cool conversation pieces, think hotrod340 on the AAM Forum.  Just seeing the cars in everyday settings (grocery store, driveway, at a shop, etc), all tell a story and make you wonder who drove the car, if they still have it, and where the car might be now.

I can't build a time machine to go back to the hey-day of the Muscle Car Era, but I can take advantage of living in the digital age.  It is now easier than ever to be equipped with a camera (at all times mind you), and quite convenient and cost efficient to snap pics of what you find.

As always, you can't always find super nice, lightning fast, classic Mopars...some are more of the "garden variety" late model.  And while seeing what looks like a "plain" Challenger R/T now, might not seem great...Think what it will be like in 20-30 years when things have changed.  That same "not so neat" picture you take now, might wind up like that 68 Charger at Krogers someone snapped in the mid-70s.

The other important thing to note is that I think today, despite how easy and cost effective (you don't even have to print the pics to share them anymore), fewer people take pictures.  I know at our local cruise nights I am one of the only ones who bothers to take pictures.  I've even seen it at big shows...people will track me down online to see if I have a picture of their car at the show, on the cruise, or at the track etc.  I think the issue is so many people just ASSUME that with it being so easy  to take pics, they can find them without putting forth the effort themselves...that is unfortunate and definitely not the case!

I ultimately like to view what I do here as chronicling the Mopar presence...As a history buff, and a Mopar fanatic, I view this as the necessary work load of due diligence.  I don't want to age and wind up telling other Mopar people about "what things used to be like"....I want to SHOW them.

I have been taking pictures of Mopars for years now...I will start uploading a few of my more recent finds to archive here.  While not all will garner the same "wow" on that initial glance, I hope that down the road, they will all be pretty impressive.  Who knows...you might even see your Mopar outlined here in my "Spotted" catalog!

Friday, April 12th, 2013



Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Stone White Challenger, T/A Hood, Strobe Stripe, Painted Wing

Green Jeep:

Mopar 11

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Green Valiant

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Black Challenger R/T

Cop Charger and Ram



Friday, March 29th, 2013

Two-Tone Charger

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Silver Challenger

How I Tag...Card above Door Handle


Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Viper at Toys'R'Us

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013


March 2013

1969 Dodge Charger

Heavily Modified Cuda

Custom Ram, 5-25-2012

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

1973 Plymouth Duster

Late Model Challenger SE

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

2009-2010 Silver Challenger R/T

Thursday, March 7, 2013

LPS on Twitter

We are now, officially on Twitter with the handle


You can follow us here: http://www.twitter.com/ModifiedMopar