Midwest Mopars North - Chapter of Midwest Mopars
Duluth Chapter Update by Steve Leino
Imagine for a moment it is a gorgeous Fall Day. You are in the mood for a root beer float. The local A&W is literally just around the corner. Why then is it 50 miles and several hours later before you are enjoying your float? There can only be one reason, you enjoyed a progressive meal cruise with some of your favorite Mopar enthusiasts.
Midwest Mopars North stalwarts Mary Carlson and Mike Brodin organized an outing which took us from a meeting place in the Miller Hill area to Blackwood’s in Proctor for appetizers. From there, cross-country through spectacular Fall scenery to the Sunset Lounge on Rice Lake Road for the main course, and finally criss-crossing back through Duluth and via the Oliver bridge to the aforementioned A&W in Superior for dessert.
A dozen of Mother Mopar’s finest and one Brand X participated. I won’t mention the Brand X make, but this guy in the Corvette followed Scott Kilen’s ’66 Imperial Crown Coupe and couldn’t help but notice its occupant seemed to be enjoying a much smoother ride. Something about floating over the bumps as opposed to becoming one with them.
A distinguished gentleman joined us in his ’67 Belvedere. I spoke with him at some length. I can recall the cars he described owning, but never got his name. He and Scott drove down from the Range to join us, demonstrating once again that driving ‘em is better than just looking at ‘em.
We have some members who have been part of virtually every activity since Midwest Mopars North got together, and this event was no exception. Jon and Ashley Gustafson, Jess and Kathy Lund, Mike and Andrea Busche along with Bill and Deb Gustafson have been active from the beginning.
Ric and Tracey Morada, with their nicely accessorized and great sounding new generation Challenger, are more recent additions to our group and have jumped in with both feet. Heck, we even had a young guy from Texas at our last couple outings-at least Texas by way of the U.S. Coast Guard in Duluth. Vernon also drives a new generation Challenger. His is white, with some unique aftermarket effects, and is a nice addition to our selection of blue, purple, fuscia, red and black future collectibles.
It’s difficult to ignore the changing season and the wrap-up of car activities. It will be hard to pack in more next year after one of the most gorgeous Summers in recent memory. That doesn’t mean we won’t try!