23rd Annual Chrysler's On The Murray, March 13, 14 & 15, 2015.
Including the 2nd Annual Australian AMC/Rambler Show
Late News for COTM 2015!
Dodge Charger Nascar to hot lap during the lunch break, at the driving
events, Fri 13th 2015 at TAFE DECA, Logic industrial, Barnawartha Nth.
Approx 12:30 pm. (Do not go into Barnawatha itself.) Trevor Crisp,
Australian Motor Sport teacher at the TAFE DECA complex has recently bought
the 2001 Catapillar Nascar Dodge Charger, fitted with a long track engine,
good for plenty of horse power. He will run the around the 1.6 km track during the
break once the Entrants have finished the Motorkarna and before the Go to
If you wish to participate in the Driving events, you must Pre Enter
Chrysler on the Murray, (hurry, not much time left, click the tab on the
left marked "COTM 2015 info" to download your copy) and then turn up at the DECA complex.
Scrutineering starts at 8:30am. Cost for the Driving events is $50 dollars.
Please pay on the day. Limited to 50 Chryslers, priority given to earliest
Entered. Chrysler's must be registered for Insurance purposes.
The best way to get to the DECA complex coming along the Hume Highway from
Melbourne, Benalla, Wangaratta is to take the Logic Industrial exit, about
15kms from Wodonga. You will exit left and should be able to see the roof of
the Woolworth distribution centre next door. Coming down the Hume, from
Sydney, Holbrook, Albury, Wodonga, take the Yarrawonga/ Logic Industrial
exit to the Left and then cross over the Highway, down the hill and then turn
left at the Roundabout (BP Servo on your Right.) At the second Roundabout turn
Right and follow road to DECA. Be careful of the posted speed limits.
In other news, Entries are coming in thick and fast, looking like we could
be on course for a record. Petrol is cheap and interest rates are low, so no
excuses for not attending Australia's largest Chrysler Show.
Remember we are once again opening check-in on Friday evening, between 6 and 8pm,
where you will be able to obtain your sticker and other paraphanaelia, ready to drive straight on in on Saturday.
You can also enter if not pre-entered at this time, to save time on Saturday. We are just shy of 400 entrants at the moment,
and with 70 US Muscle cars entered already, the Photo shoot at Kinross Pub on Saturday
afternoon should be worth the drive!
Rick Ehrenberg (E Booger) from Mopar Action magazine, New York has bought
his tickets and will be flying out on the 9th of March. Will be a great
Seminar on Saturday night at the SS&A club, Albury.
Trevor Edgar from USA 1 Australia, in Qld is bringing his black 70 Cuda down
to the Show. You may have seen his car featured in a few car magazines.
Great opportunity for us, South of the border to see a great car. in person.
Richard Ehrenberg, SAE - abbreviated bio 01/2015
With a technical education background (electronics, mechanics, and physics), Rick Ehrenberg was, for many years, the Technical Editor of High Performance Mopar and Musclecars magazine, and has been Engineering Editor for Mopar Action for 25 years, and has been published in several other places. Currently, Ehrenberg is also the Mopar Expert on myclassicgarage.com.
Ehrenberg has been building, tuning, and racing Mopars since 1957, with a concentrated field of expertise in Mopars built from 1962 through 1980. Rick’s mantra is simple: Well-rounded performance. If he builds a Mopar that runs 11s, that’s great, but it should also stop on a dime and give a nickel’s change, corner on rails, get decent fuel economy, be reasonably comfortable and quiet, and run on pump fuel only. Ehrenberg is well known for not changing things just for the sake of change. You’ll never find braided hoses, chrome trinkets, etc., on any of Ehrenberg’s Mopars – if it isn’t functional, it isn’t there. Period. Better it should look stock and clean clocks.
One example of Ehrenberg’s performance-is-everything viewpoint: While he agrees that ‘69 Chargers are beautiful to look at, E-berg would much rather have a ‘62 Savoy. We asked him why: “Hey, they are both B-bodies, with great suspension and a taut platform. But a center-post sedan wins the rigidity race every time, all else being equal. The ‘62 had the shortest wheelbase, least overhang, and lowest mass of any B. People call ‘em ugly, but to me it is the inner beauty that counts”.
One of Ehrenberg’s earliest Mopar “races” was an attempt to traverse the Trans-Canada highway from Toronto to Vancouver for a fuel cost of 1¢ a mile (This was in 1964, the car was a friend’s ‘64 Cuda 273-2 with 2.94 cogs). He came close. And he didn’t go slow! His first foray onto a drag strip was 1962, and he first set rubber on a road course in 1965, with Autocrosses, rallies, and dirt and paved ovals soon following.
E-berg completed the One Lap America race ten times usually winning his class. This event circumnavigates the USA, stopping at various race tracks (drags, autocross, road course, dirt and paved ovals, skid pad, etc.) several times a day, where the entrants compete for fast time. This is the evolution of the famous, but highly illegal, Cannonball Run.
Speaking of illegal acts, Ehrenberg’s first new car (a ‘65 Valiant 200, 273-4) was totally paid for – every dime – bank payments, insurance, maintenance, upgrades, gas, and plenty of tickets – via street racing winnings.
Today, E-booger busies himself with maintaining his fleet of Mopar's (11 at last count, most ready for a coast-to-coast shlep at a key-turn), bringing the driving and performance parameters of classic Mopar iron up to 21st-century levels. Such goodies as a radical steering gear change, 6-speed automatic swap, and SMPI conversions (which he has been doing for almost 20 years) keep the old coot from turning to stone.