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Annual CEMA show proves a success

Posted Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009, 9:58 am in Auburn Hills, Company, Employee

Despite some questionable weather Saturday morning that produced light sprinkles, as well as some sunshine, there was a great turnout for the 20th annual Chrysler Employee Motorsport Association Charity Car Show.

Several hundred people came to view the 222 member vehicles on display along with a number of special vehicle displays and race cars at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. Fifteen companies stepped up to help sponsor the show this year, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1969 high-performance-package cars.

Tom and Jeff Gale did a “Then and Now” presentation in the museum’s auditorium. Tom spoke about the design work he did during his time as a designer and head of the design department for Chrysler. Jeff followed up with his introduction to cars and design and the work he did on the modern day Charger and Challenger vehicles.

Each year CEMA honors the work of a past race car group or team and this year, the group honored the crew of the winning “Motown/Mopar Missile” cars. Six of the original 11 members were on site to reminisce, talk to people and give autographs. On-site Missile honorary guests included Tom Coddington, Al Adam, Ron Killen, Ted Spehar, Joe Pappas and Dick Oldfield.

Employee David Kowalski was the recipient of the CEMA/WPC Museum “Best of Show” award and the “Best 1969 High Performance Package Car.” All the award winners and event photos and video can be seen on the CEMA - Chrysler Employee Motorsport Association Web site.

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The Walter P. Chrysler Museum Foundation was the beneficiary of net proceeds from this year’s show.
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