The Feature Mopar this month is a 1969 Dodge Super Bee. Our new member Justin wrote up this about his Mopar: Back in the fall of 2005 I was finishing flight school in Pensacola, Florida and I decided I needed a new car. I was on my way to flying F-15E Strike Eagles and so I figured I needed something fast and cool, but regretfully life on an Lieutenants salary was not quite in super car range yet. I have always loved the 69 Charger. Probably a kick back from my childhood days of watching the Dukes of Hazard. So, I set to looking for a 69 Charger, but could only find baskets cases that were too far gone and full restorations that were out of my price range. Then, I found a nice blue Super Bee on ebay that looked like a decent runner. It was a real deal Super Bee but without the matching numbers 383. It was in Colorado Springs, which was convenient since my brother lives there. I had him check it out. It looked good and so I worked out a deal and within a week it was mine. So flew out to the Springs and drove it back to Florida. It wasn't the correct blue for the era, but it was a decent driver. Not perfect, but at least a 20 footer with a big 440 in it and more importantly it was now all mine. Next stop was to North Carolina where I went through the Basic Course in the Eagle. During that time I tinkered with some of the electrical issues as well as some of the minor things that I could work out. I received my first assignment right at the same base and so we stayed at Goldsboro, North Carolina for my first operational tour.. At that point, I was making a bit more money and I decided I wanted to restore the car to mint. Luckily, I found Clark Classic Restoration just down the road in Greenville. I spoke with him about a restoration and what it would cost. It was going to be a stretch and not cheap, but I knew I wanted to get this real deal Super Bee looking right. It took a good year of waiting (and saving) before he had the time, but I was able to get it in. The restoration took another good year but that is just the way those things go. Three times as long and twice as much as you plan....or maybe it was the other way around. I definitely ran out of money more than once, but thankfully Clark worked with me and was just as dedicated to getting the project right and the way I wanted it. Clark and his team did an amazing job on the body work, paint and interior. I couldn't have dreamed it would ever look as good as it did coming out the door. The restoration was finished right about the time I got orders to Germany. So, I decided to drive it to Baltimore, put it on a boat and take my shiny new Bee to Deutchland for a couple years. Needless to say, a giant American Yank Tank was well received by the motoring Germans. It always got lots of looks and great compliments as I used it as my primary car for getting around the German Cities and country side. I can say with confidence that when your cruising down the autobahn at a steady 100+ MPH, your heart can really get pumping and you get a lot of great kudos from the Germans. Although, it is hard to say which was going faster, my heart or my wallet at those gas prices, but it sure was fun. After two years in Germany we drove to the United Kingdom for my next assignment. Unfortunately, the roads are really tiny, the Bee is enormous by UK standards and the weather is really poor in central UK. So, the Blue Bee spent most of her time indoors in a garage for the two years we lived in the UK. When we occasionally did go out for a drive, the Britons did truly appreciate the massive American muscle car for sure. Last July, my Bee and me returned to the US and to sunny Las Vegas. She is a little worse for wear from a couple of ocean crossings and a couple jaunts across Europe. I need to fix a ding in the roof (thanks lowest bidder military auto movers) and the undercoating is a bit worse for wear. I have also been toying with the idea of a Classic Car air conditioner and a five speed transmission for the great American motorways, but it is hard to say when I will have a chance to do that. Hopefully before this summer when it gets up into the hundreds. All the same, I am looking for the next adventure in my big blue Bee
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March 9th Valley of Fire Club Run / Picnic
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The Mopar this month is a 1969 Dodge Super Bee. Just click on the Car on Home Page or the "Mopar Logo" under the FEATURE VEHICLE.
The club has plans to do a POT LUCK, Picnic at the Valley of Fire on March 9th. Contact Smilin' Ed for details.
I formed this club in July 2002 with the idea I just wanted a few more cool Mopars to park my 1969 GTX beside. Over the years this club has grown to be known in many states, and also other parts of the world. I have very simple rules in our club with no dues. If you think you want to be a part of us simply contact me. I will be more than happy to send you the club rules to become a part of this "Private Club". Thank you, and enjoy our Mopars! We do! I am Smilin' Ed the President.
Click my (Dash / Headlight) button below to view Smilin' Ed's personal page where I have photos of my 1969 Plymouth GTX and " KRISSY", my 1968 Dodge Dart GTS Convertible. (clone)