Sunday, April 8, 2012

Chryslers in the Canyon IV 2012

What: Chryslers in the Canyon IV
When: Saturday, October 13th, 2012 10 AM-3 PM
Where: West Texas A&M Events Center, Palo Duro Canyon State Park
How Much: FREE ($5 Per Person Park Entry Fee)

Food: You Want It, You Bring It (We can caravan to the Big Texan afterwards)
Awards: There will be plenty...more to come shortly!

Chryslers in the Canyon IV will take pace Saturday, October 13th, 2012.

Note that this is not the third weekend that we usually slate for the event.  The reason was the Mack Dick Building.

For those unaware, the Mack Dick Building is a brand new, state-of-the-art facility that will give us a great place to hang out and present awards.  The building features a full kitchen, restrooms, projector screens, lots of seating, a sound system, covered out door space, and of course AIR CONDITIONING.  Furthermore, should we catch a shower or two the facility will give us cover.

Somehow the state didn't communicate with the park when the reservations would begin...everyone suspected Mid-May...well it must have been early April.  Needless to say we are pretty lucky to have landed the weekend prior, so we will chalk it up as win.

Chryslers in the Canyon is truly a one-of-a-kind event.  This is an ALL MOPAR CRUISE AND SHOW...AND IT IS FREE!!  That's right, free.

When was the last time you went to a car show, with awards, and didn't pay an entry fee?  Oh, and if anyone has been to an ALL MOPAR SHOW you are aware that the organizers charge quite the premium for oh so graciously eliminating the mustangs and camaros of the world.

This is a grass roots show.  We take the established norm, gold class standards, entry fees, and politics throw them out in the parking lot and do donuts around them with open headers...needless to say, it is a nice change of pace.

You are also all to aware that most car shows take place in a parking lot near a strip mall or run down fairgrounds.  That is not the case here.  Instead of taking a shot of your car with Walmart or Payless Shoes in the background, you will be surrounded by rugged, canyon terrain that makes for incredible pictures for your Mopar and your family.

Amarillo Area Mopars has once again teamed up with Della Moyer Photography.  Della is a local photographer who specializes in car shows.  She will capture the entire event on film and should you want any special shots of your Mopar, she will be glad to take them.

Similarly, yours truly, is making a habit of standing beside 200' drop-offs to take videos of all the Mopars coming downhill into the canyon.  It is truly a great drive and makes for one heck of a video.  Rather than have you purchase an official DVD for another $25 we will have the videos live on YouTube shortly after the show and of course, FREE of charge.

If you are visiting from out of town, we will gladly caravan with you to the World Famous Big Texan Steakhouse!  Or if folks want some other type of food we'll help get you somewhere good.

We do things a little differently, but the fact we have gone from 30 cars to 150 cars in 3 years means it mus be resonating well with the Mopar masses.

We invite you and your family to come join us for Chryslers in the Canyon.  It is a great time, an incredibly unique and photogenic setting for a carshow, features a nice, scenic cruise, has awards, eliminates all the paperwork and politics associated with most shows, and did I mention it is FREE?!

Chryslers in the Canyon is truly an event you have to attend to appreciate.  We have grown every year and the people and Mopars have gotten better and more diverse.

For more information, you can ask here, sign up on the forum, chime in on Twitter, post up on Facebook, or send us an e-mail...All the links can be found on this page.  Don't forget to check the sidebar for links to previous will enjoy it!

Also for your convenience, here are a few flyers for this year's event:

Chryslers in the Canyon II 2010

Head count: 121 adults
Mopars registered: 66
Mopars in attendance:

Ryan Palmer Foundation Donation:
-Jon Wolfe: $88
-AAM: $58

50/50 Winner: Mike Williams (1972 Dodge Challenger)

Long Hauler: Rodrigo, 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT, TorRed, 6.1 Hemi
Mondini Automotive & Tire Inc. Best Paint and Body: Shawn, 1971 Plymouh Roadrunner, B5, 383-4
Jon Wolfe Memorial Restomod Award: Charlie, 1961 Plymouth Fury, Air Force Blue, 318 Push Button Automatic
Park Ranger's Pick: Duade, 1947 Dodge 1/2 Ton Pick-up, Red & Black, Original 6 Cylinder Flathead
Founder's Pick: Clinton, 1968 Dodge Charger, B5 Blue, 383
AAM Pick: Graham, 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, Plum Crazy, 440 Six Pack

Final Voting Statistics:

Mondini Automotive People's Choice Best Paint and Body: 45 Total Votes

1-Shawn-1971 Plymouth Roadrunner Blue
2-Dave-1939 Dodge Businessmans Coupe Way Blue
3-gwk426-1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440+6 Plum Crazy Purple
T4-Mondini-1965 Plymouth Belvedere
T4-71muscle-1971 Dodge Challenger R/T 440+6
6-coachmoose-1965 Plymouth Barracuda 273 Blue with Silver Stripes
7-whumpity-1968 Dodge Charger 383 Silver with Ghost Flames
T8-Antonio-2009 Cuda Clone 5.7L Hemi Inferno Red
T8-mishy79065-2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic 5.7L Hemi Furious Fuschia
T10-wildbill72-1972 Dodge Challenger 318 Canary Yellow
T10-pettyblue72-1972 Dodge Charger 440 Petty Blue
T10-Barbara-2010 Dodge Challenger R/T 5.7L Hemi Plum Crazy Purple+Pink Stripes
T10-Kevin-2009 Dodge Challenger R/T 5.7L Hemi Stone White
T10-Steve-2005 Dodge Viper SRT Paxton SC Viper Red

AAM Pick: 85 Total Votes
1-gwk426-1970 Dodge Challenger 440+6 Plum Crazy Purple
2-Clinton-1968 Dodge Charger 383 B5 Blue
3-Shawn-1971 Plymouth Roadrunner Blue
4-Dave-1939 Dodge Businessmans Coupe Way Blue
5-Duade-1947 Dodge 1/2 Ton Pickup Black & Red
T6-71muscle-1971 Dodge Challenger R/T 440+6 Plum Crazy Purple
T6-moparx2-2009 Cuda Clone 5.7L Hemi Inferno Red
T8-mishy79065-2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic Furious Fuschia
T8-Charlie-1961 Plymouth Fury 318 Push Button Air Force Blue
T10-Mondini-1965 Plymouth Belvedere
T10-Jim-1967 Dodge Coronet R/T 440 White
T12-Whumpity-1968 Dodge Charger 383 Silver
T12-SRTNate-2010 Dodge Challenger SRT 6.1L Hemi Brilliant Black
T12-Barbara-2010 Dodge Challenger R/T 5.7L Hemi Plum Crazy Purple+Pink Stripe
T12-westxsrt10-2008 Dodge Viper SRT V10 Blue
T12-gfviperman-2002 Dodge Viper V10 Red with Silver Stripes
T12-coachmoose-1965 Plymouth Barracuda 273 Blue with Silver Stripes
T12-hotrod340-1969 Dodge Dart 340 
T19-Steve Osborne-2005 Dodge Viper SRT Paxton SC Viper Red
T19-LPL-1970 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Plum Crazy Purple
T19-TexasStroker-1969 Dodge Charger 440 Hemi Orange
T19-bonshee1971-1972 Dodge Charger 400 Yellow
T19-Ronnie Law-1969 Plymouth GTX Vert 440 Blue
T19-jdr2483-2009 Dodge Challenger R/T 5.7L Hemi Classic B5 Blue
T19-blcd74 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T 5.7L Hemi Inferno Red

Please note that not everyone who registered voted. Similarly some did not select "two" for AAM Pick and a few did not select a winner for Paint and Body. The voting was very, very close at the top of each category and the cluster of folks at the bottom of each are tied with one vote. Hardly anyone voted for themselves, so that means if you are listed, someone voted for you. I know myself and theLyles never even had a chance to get to scan the show field to make votes. Some of the cars did not have their #s in place, and a few simply didn't register despite being in attendance.

Thank you to everyone who attended, worked the event, promoted the event, and did background all made this happen! Thanks for making the 2nd Annual Chryslers in the Canyon on Saturday, October 16, 2010 one to remember!

Chryslers in the Canyon III 2011

Man, what a great turnout...We had some awesome  Mopars from all eras.  I don't think you'll find as diverse a collection anywhere...Thanks to everyone who came out  8-)
When I finish the spreadsheet and have final numbers, I will edit this with pictures for each winner.

Here is a list of the winners:

Long Hauler Award, sponsored by jdr2483: Danny, 1971 Dodge Demon 340, Red with Black Stripes

Mondini Automotive and Tire Best Paint and Body: Trenton, 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, R6 Red

Canon's Pick: TexasStroker, Mopar 10, Brilliant Black Pearl with a Blue Stripe

Jon Wolfe Memorial Restomod Award, sponsored by moparman63: Charlie, 1964 Dodge 440 Wagon, Black

Martin M. Blues Man Award, sponsored by TexasMopars: Cris, 1966 Dodge Charger, Black

Best E-Body, sponsored by blcd74: Joe, 1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR, Vitamin C Orange

Garnier Albus Challenger Award, sponsored by blcd74: Tony, 2009 Dodge Challenger "Cuda" Clone, Inferno Red

Best of Show New Challenger Stock, sponsored by 6speedtitaniumr/t: John, 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Green with Envy

Best of Show New Challenger Modified, sponsored by blcd74: Kevin, 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T, Stone White

Lone Star Mopars Pick: Chuck, 1970 Plymouth Superbird

Founder's Pick: Larry & Pat, 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, Plum Crazy Purple

AAM Pick Truck: Duade, 1947 Dodge Pickup, Red and Black

AAM Pick Best Modern Mopar: Travis, 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T, Brilliant Black Pearl

AAM Pick Best Muscle Mopar: Donald, 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, Panther Pink

Park Ranger's Pick: Don, 1959 Plymouth Fury, Blue and White

AAM Pick Best of Show: Bob, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

About Chryslers in the Canyon

Chryslers in the Canyon is a true, one-off car show that you will not find anywhere else.  An All Mopar Show, Chryslers in the Canyon takes place every 3rd Saturday in October.

Unlike most shows where you gather up in a parking lot bordering a strip mall, Chryslers in the Canyon takes place in beautiful Palo Duro Canyon State Park.  Instead of having Payless Shoes in the background of your picture, you have weathered rock surrounding you.  This creates the environment for once of a lifetime pictures...every time you attend!

The other thing is the process.  Chryslers in the Canyon keeps things simple.  We want you to have a great time and we hope that you will continue to attend.  To help increases those odds we keep entry fees to a minimum.  Oh, and we get you in the park with a group rate admission that sets you back $2 per adult.  So, worse come to worse, you can get into the park and save over the usual admission price...not a bad start, eh?

We currently do not charge an entry fee associated with the show (if we could get into the canyon for free we'd do so, lol).  If we do ever opt to charge an entry fee it won't be more than $10.  That is a me another ALL MOPAR SHOW that doesn't rake you over the coals.  Just last year in Las Vegas I had to pay $75 to get into MATS...and I didn't have a car with me.  Anymore you can't enter the local, generic shows for less than $20.

We are not in this for money, we want YOU to have a great time.  Chryslers in the Canyon is ALL MOPAR and we have cars from 1930s rods, 50s and 60s cruisers, 60s-70s Muscle Cars, K-Cars from the 80s, trucks from all eras, and late models from Challengers, Vipers, Magnums, Neons, PT Cruisers and Chargers.  You will truly be hard pressed to find a better assortment of Mopars with friendlier people.

Just this past year we had a 69 HEMI Daytona, a 1970 Plymouth Superbird, 2 AAR 'Cudas, a Challenger T/A, and full assortment of stud A, B, and E-body cars...not to mention a large gathering of late model Challengers.

The way things typically goes, someone is talked into coming, or finds info on the show and decides to give it a go...They wind up having such a great time that they return next year, but bring a friend or two with them.  This is exactly how something grassroots should grow and we could not be happier about it.

Each year we have increased the awards, primarily to match our increased attendance.  We really do tailor the awards to match attendance.  If we continue to have so many 68-70 B-Bodies we will make a class for them...then subdivide by model if needed.  Should the A-Body guys continue to pile in we will divide by years and models.  Similarly if we get word 20 Vipers are going to snake their way into the canyon we will make the adjustments.

We have been lucky enough to have a member pick up the tab on brisket the last two years...brisket to feed everyone in attendance.  This is a big undertaking and we are looking into options to continue that trend this year.  We might wind up with a catering outfit, or just get back to CIC I origins and make it a "Bring Your Own Food."

This past year, we had so many out-of-towners, we incorporated a dinner at the world famous Big Texan Steak House.  We plan to continue this trend and for the folks that come in Friday night we usually plan a dinner somewhere close to the host hotel.

For those staying longer, we will have a chance to run down the track at Amarillo Dragway.  Should we get enough interest we might make this MAAD (Mopars at Amarillo Dragway) event and put out awards or cash up for grabs.

We always make sure to land the best rates at a local hotel to make your stay as affordable as possible.

Should folks come in earlier or stay later, we will do our best to keep you busy and have a great time.

Chryslers in the Canyon is truly a Mopar Event.  We might not register on the big radar and we might not charge $75 or more like most shows, but we think you'll enjoy the change of pace.  Our goal is to keep things simple, as close to free as possible, and make sure the emphasis stays on fun.

If you are interested in attending Chryslers in the Canyon we invite you to e-mail us, leave a comment here, or sign up on the AAM Forum.  You can find pictures and videos from past events on this site and across the internet.

We look forward to meeting you, checking out your Mopars, showing you a good time, and seeing you return every year.

Founder, Amarillo Area Mopars

Chryslers in the Canyon I 2009

Well for those of you that missed it, you can take a look at the pics to catch up on things and plan to make it next year.

Overall we had 31 Mopars in the Canyon, with a range from 1939-2009, not a bad variety. Motorvation came from the old, reliable Slant Six, to new age 5.7 and 6.1 Hemis as well as V10 powered Vipers, allthe way up to a few 440 cars and a 426 Hemi. We had members in attendnace from Amarillo, Borger, Canyon, Clovis, Dumas, Hale Center, Pampa, and even some guests from Oklahoma City.

We had three awards this year and they went as follows:

Long Haul Award: Frank Titus-Oklahoma City-Dodge Caliber R/T

Park Ranger's Pic: Cris Rose 1973 Dodge Challenger

AAM Pick: Graham King 1968 Plymouth GTX

Congratulations to the winners!

As I mentioned, the main theme I picked up on when polling folks was that it was hard to select their favorite car because they liked all of them so well. Everyone came away with a dash plaque thanks to a very generous donor. 

Della and Jim directed the traffic flow into the canyon which allowed her to get some great shots. Thanks to both of them for their extra time and hard work.

Casey and Jim both had grills available and thanks in part to Bob and Jody we had TONS of stuff to give away...

Thanks to area outfits like: Chick-Fil-A, Sonic, Arby's, Nights-of-Golf, Jorge's, Nightsongs, Shark Fights, In-N-Out Shirts (Cris), and Steve who donated the muffler for making all of that possible. Hopefullythe recipients will enjoy the gifts and it will bring some business back their direction.

I am pretty sure everyone walked away with not only the burger and cookie coupons, but also a give-away item, provided you stayed. For those that left early, tough luck :P 

This was a great event and a solid turnout. I honestly thought we would have had a few more, but considering the slate of NCAA games, I'd say we did pretty good. We were also blessed with a PERFECT day...The temperature hit the mid 70s and there was virtually no wind...Doesn't get much better than that.

Thanks to everyone who put time in on this and worked to make it a reality. We have to start somewhere and I'd say we made a good start. Feel free to use the pictures to promote the event. As word gets out and people see the pictures I think we will be able to expand this quite nicely.

I've already got ideas for next year (which I'll post in a different thread). I just wanted to try and thank everyone who came out and worked to make this a reality. I'd have to say we did pretty good...Great day, solid turnout, and everyone seemed to have fun...That is all you can really ask for 8-)