Mopar Memories

New website feature seeks your recollections of fun and adventure with Chrysler vehicles
UAW-FCA News

Dec 07, 2015


Do you have a memorable Mopar moment involving your vehicle? We’d like to showcase your pride of ownership and brand loyalty through a new website feature called Mopar Memories.mopar memories logo

Whether it’s fond recollections of your first Chrysler product, an unforgettable vacation or restoring a Mopar classic, we’d like to know about your trip down memory lane.

This second installment of Mopar Memories is about a Marysville Axle Plant worker’s first new car, a 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack he calls “Fern.”

You can click here to read the first installment.

Please send photographs (no more than five) or videos that capture your favorite Mopar memory, along with a brief explanation of why it is special, to Jonathan Powell of the NTC Communications Department, (313) 567-4080. Make sure to include your name and a phone number.


Marysville engineer’s new girl is a dream in Sublime Pearl

Michael Lavens
Michael Lavens and Fern

By Michael Lavens

My Mopar Memory began just over a year ago, in November of 2014 – that’s when I picked up my very first new car, a 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack in Sublime Pearl.

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Fern in front of the “Mighty Marysville,” a recently demolished coal-fired power plant in Marysville, Michigan. It was imploded Nov. 7, 2015.

“Fern” has become a Hemi obsession that I cannot get enough of.

She has one of the very first Scat Packs made, and the very rare (discontinued) WP3 wheels and options may make her one of one! I am currently waiting for documentation from FCA US confirming that.

I have joined some great car clubs like CEMA (Chrysler Employee Motorsports Association) and DAMM (Detroit Area Modern Mopar) and have met some wonderful people along the way.

This car does things to people that other cars don’t. Strangers walk up to me at various places just to ask or talk about Mopar. With over 18,300 miles on her, she definitely is no garage queen, and every one of those miles has been a dream come true. I bought her to celebrate my first 90 days with FCA as a Controls Engineer at Marysville Axle and have not looked back since.

Working for FCA has had a special meaning for me. My grandfather, Joe Kalem, worked at Dodge Main for over 30 years. I never imagined working on the same type of muscle cars he worked on so many years ago. I was told one of his jobs over the years was to put the vinyl decals on the cars like the Demon rolling along the assembly line.

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lllFern visits the UAW Education Center in northern Michigan

These memories have turned me into a Dodge collection nut. New and old items alike, I can’t get enough history of those beloved Dodge Brothers.

I hope my Mopar Memory will continue roaring along as it has over the past year. Hundreds of photos of Fern posing in front of everything from bridges to lighthouses and being a backdrop for family photos and complete strangers have given me some wonderful people memories as well.

There is no better feeling in the world when you see a little kid’s face at a car show – one you don’t even know – and ask them if they would like to sit in the driver’s seat and let Mom or Dad get some photos! Priceless! One young boy looked at his mother and asked: “Why does this car have 3 pedals?” I chuckled and went on to explain how a manual transmission car works.

Great fun, great car, great people! It’s a great time to own a DODGE!

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