One and of the great things about this hobby working for Mopar Muscle are the great people we get to meet. At every event, race, or Mopar gathering much of our days are filled with meeting very interesting people and checking out their talents on display with their cars.
This summer, I had the opportunity to stop by and visit with our friends at Graveyard Carz in Springfield, Oregon, and walk through the shop with Mark Worman (see photo). As those of you who watch Graveyard Carz know, Mark has a very deep knowledge of Mopars, especially those sold new during the ’60s and ’70s. Whether it’s the method of undercoating, option combinations, production figures, Chrysler’s marketing programs for the time, engine, and drivetrain packages, the list goes on and on. And with Mark’s well-earned perspective on all things Mopar, there’s a dynamic and interesting experience to witness.
From Oregon, I was on my way to Columbus, Ohio, for the Mopar Nats. If you have the chance to attend this event, I strongly recommend it. Held at National Trail Raceway, the event combines drag racing, swap meets, and a car show in one huge venue. The swap meet itself seems to have miles and miles of Mopar parts, both new and used. And again, the folks we meet along the way make the journey enjoyable. So many stories about cars being rescued and brought back to often better-than-new looks and/or performance.
But one of my favorites was when I was looking for spray paint this summer at my local hardware store. As I was standing there waiting for the salesperson, I noticed a guy to my side looking though the nut and bolt bins wearing a T-shirt with a Chrysler Pentastar logo on it. I said to him, “So you’re a Mopar guy too.” He didn’t answer and kept looking through the bins. So I repeated it again and that time he turned and said, “Yes, I am, are you too?” Of course, I said, “Yes.” Then, he pulled out his phone and said, “I just finished restoring a 1968 GTX that a buddy of mine bought brand new in September of 1967. He quit driving the car in the early ’70s when the price of fuel went up, and it was left outdoors in the desert for about 40 years. Then, just four years ago in 2014, I was able to buy the GTX from my longtime friend Bob Wagner.”
When he showed me the photos on his phone of the finished car, I was amazed and thought this car would be perfect for Mopar Muscle. I then thought that if I told him that I, the guy he just minutes ago met in the hardware store, worked for Mopar Muscle and wanted to see if he’d be interested in bringing the car to our photo studio in Los Angeles for a photo shoot, he might not immediately believe me. So I gave it a try anyway, introduced myself, Bob Mehlhoff, editor of Mopar Muscle and slowly explained that we might be interested in featuring his GTX.
He said his name was Ed Mohr. He seemed interested, but a little reserved. We traded contact info, stayed in touch over the next several weeks, and just recently Ed’s brother Steve (who helped with the restoration as well) transported Ed’s pristine blue 1968 GTX over 100 miles through Socal traffic to our photo studio at our Motor Trend Network office. Because of the distance, the GTX’S 4.10 gears, heavy traffic, and early morning appointment time, they brought it down in an enclosed trailer (see photo). The feature with his GTX should be out in the coming months later in 2019.
We had a great time that day seeing his car and the original buyer of the ’68 GTX, Bob Wagner, even came down for us to meet and to be there for the photo shoot. But most of all, I think each of us couldn’t believe who we met in the hardware store.