WHAT is the CENTRAL NEW YORK MOPAR
The Central New York Mopar
Association (CNYMA) is a family-friendly organization of men and
women who own and drive, or simply appreciate Chrysler automobiles.
Our association was chartered more than 30 years ago by about a
dozen folks who wanted to socialize with others sharing their
interest in preserving and restoring older Chrysler vehicles. While
numbers have varied over those three decades, our membership is
generally comprised of 75-100 families from all over New York State
and (sometimes) Canada. Most call Central New York home. While we
try to stay socially active year-round, our premier event is the
Mopar Madness show that we conduct on the last Sunday of June. Mopar
Madness, has been held at Long Branch Park in
Liverpool. It is the biggest all-Chrysler car show in the
state. We proudly donate proceeds from spectator admissions to the
Burn Foundation of Central NY in support of their terrific,
therapeutic work with youth burn victims.
So what’s a Mopar?
“MoPar” originated in the 1930's as a brand name that the Chrysler
Corporation used on replacement parts for its Chrysler, Dodge,
Plymouth and DeSoto automobiles. Short for “Motors and Parts,” Mopar
in time became a term synonymous with any vehicle manufactured by
Chrysler. Different brands entered and exited the Chrysler family
over the years. By 1961 poor sales had forced DeSoto’s demise, and
in 1987 Jeep was adopted as a Chrysler brand upon Ma Mopar’s
purchase of the ailing American Motors Corporation (AMC). Sadly,
Plymouth was axed in 2001 due to declining sales and redundancy
among other Chrysler offerings. Germany’s Daimler-Benz later formed
a partnership with Chrysler, establishing Daimler-Chrysler AG in
1998. Daimler subsequently divested most of its stake to a private
equity firm called Cerberus Capital Management in 2007. Arguably
poor management and the nation’s most recent economic downturn put
Chrysler on the selling block once again. By 2014, Italy’s Fiat
secured a 100% ownership stake and created the new Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles Corporation, or FCA. “Mopar” hung tough through it all,
remaining an iconic brand name and the term by which enthusiasts
still proudly refer to their rolling stock.
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The CNYMA’s first by-law is "Have Fun" and that’s what it’s all