Mopar Club Winter Social

This year’s dinner will be February 25th at 6 pm at Birmingham’s Vodka and Ale House, 810 Circle Drive in Saskatoon.
We’re changing things up a bit and NOT pre-arranging the meal. Everyone will order off the menu and pay their own tab. We will however need to know how many people are coming in order to finalize the reservation. Please let the club know either by email or by attending the meeting on February 5th whether you are attending and how many are in your party.

2017 Winnipeg Piston Ring World of Wheels/Harley Davidson Winnipeg Cyclerama

Attn Clubs, Vehicle,Motorcycle Owners,

You are cordially invited to participate in the 43rd annual Winnipeg Piston Ring World of Wheels/Harley Davidson Winnipeg Cyclerama  at the Winnipeg RBC Convention Centre March 24-26 2017, Winnipeg Manitoba,Canada

Be part of Western Canada’s largest indoor car show. Attached is the show flyers/application forms for both vehicles and Motorcycles. Also attached is an outline of Special Displays that still have room for entries. Please share or pass this along to fellow vehicle owners, clubs, club members etc. For more information you can reach me here..or at 1-204-229-0397. Thanks again..I look forward  to hearing back from you.

The DiDia

Not a Mopar but a very cool car!

It was a 1960 DiDia 150.  A luxury, custom-designed iconic, handmade car also known as the Dream Car forever associated with its Dream Lover second owner, singer Bobby Darin.

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The car was designed by Andrew Di Dia, a clothing designer, who Bobby Darin had met whilst on tour in Detroit in 1957. Darin telling Di Dia at the time that he would purchase the car if he ever hit it big.

For seven years, from 1953 to 1960 the DiDia 150 was hand-built by four workers, at a cost of $93,647.29  but sold to Darin in 1961 at a cost of over $150,000 (1.5 million today).

At the time the car was listed as most expensive ‘custom-made’ car in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.

The body was hand-formed by Ron Clark  and constructed by Bob Kaiser from Clark Kaiser Customs.

Its metallic red paint was made with 30 coats of ground diamonds for sparkle.
Built in Detroit, Michigan, clothing designer Andrew ‘Andy’ Di Dia designed  this “unrestrained and unconventional” automobile.  Only one example was ever built.

The normal V8 engine is located at the front with an engine displacement of 365/427.
It has a rear-wheel drive, the body and chassis is hand-formed from 064 aluminium with a 125-inch wheelbase alloy tube frame. 

It has a glass cockpit in back, which would have cost a mint to make back then, a squared steering wheel and thermostatically controlled air conditioning system.  

The interior is rust coloured in contrast to the ruby paintwork.

The design included the first backseat-mounted radio speakers and hidden windshield wipers, that started themselves when it rained.

Other features include retractable headlamps, rear indicators that swivel as the car turns, ‘floating’ bumpers and a trunk that was hinged from the driver’s side.

Each of the four bucket seats have their own thermostatically controlled air conditioning, individual cigarette lighters and ashtrays, as well as a radio speaker.

The original engine, a Cadillac V8, was later replaced by a 427 high-performance by Ford when it was taken on the show circuit.

Darin drove his wife, Sandra Dee, in the car to the 34th Academy Awards  in 1961. When Bobby drove the car to the Academy Awards, Andrew Di Dia and Steve Blauner followed behind him in a limousine. The car had two fans and a switch that you had to turn on Bobby didn’t realise, so it heated up.

All the magazines said the car caught fire but it didn’t.

Di Dia toured the car around the country, when Darin wasn’t using it for public appearances.
After publicity and film use, Darin donated his “Dream Car” to the St Louis Museum of Transportation in 1970 where it remains.