National Chrysler Products Club (NCPC) Independence Region
The Independence Region was founded during 2002 by a core group of NCPC members who wanted to build upon the motto “Fun, Friends, Family” and create a more frequent opportunity to share our common interest in Mopars. While most of our current members live in Bucks and Montgomery counties, the region covers the seven-county area around Philadelphia.
Annual Show: June 25, 2017
I’m very pleased to announce that Lansdale Automotive Group will be hosting our second ALL MOPAR SHOW at the dealership on Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 9 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. See the show page or download the registration form here. The show is in Montgomeryville, midway between Philadelphia and Allentown.
Michaela Brass, “Miss Mopar,” of the Lansdale Automotive Group wrote that the dealership will continue to provide lunch at no charge to participants and spectators, with an expanded selection of made-to-order food from 11 am to 1 pm (via Chef Paul of Bell’s Tavern). There will be raffle tickets, with prizes including tickets to Eagles and Phillies games, and there will be more classes on the awards ballot than last year.
This year, show vehicles will enter from the rear of the dealership, off Cowpath Road (across from Lowes and BJs Gas) for safety. Provisions can be made for large groups, with more than two days’ notice. Off-site trailer parking can be arranged in advance.
Past Parades and Shows; Monthly Meets
On Sunday March 26th, ten members from the The Independence Region hopped in their “daily drivers” and for a trip to historic Toms River, NJ where we met meet with members of the New Jersey Shore Region.
Director Mike Riebe and members of the New Jersey Shore Region reserved a private parking area for our cars and graciously treated us to lunch at the Artisan’s Restaurant and Brewerey. The combination of delicious food and conversations with new and old friends made our time at the restaurant pass quickly.
Upon leaving the restaurant, Mike led the way for a drive to the Toms River. The Victorian homes and other buildings along the riverfront were absolutely stunning.
Our driving tour ended with the opportunity to view an extensive, private, collection of 1950s - 1960s memorablia.
A big “thank-you” goes out to Mike Riebe and the members of the NJ Shore Region for their hospitality and hard work in hosting a wonderful afternoon in Toms River!
If you can’t make it to our Lansdale Show, we hope to catch up with you at the 2017 NCPC National Meet, in Bethlehem, PA. The Independence Region meets at 7 PM on the 4th Monday of each month at Giuseppe’s Pizza and Family Restaurant, 1380 W. Street Road, Warminster, PA 18974. New members are always welcome!
NCPCIR helped to kick-off the holiday season by participating in the 2016 Hatboro Holiday Parade. This year it was so cold and blustery that it wasn’t possible for Anne Christian and Bonnie Parker to walk in front of the cars with the IR banner, as they did last year. Linda and Alan Eickhoff graciously treated us to a delicious luncheon of homemade vegetable soup and sandwiches before we went to take our place in the parade line.
Participating in the parade this year was Alan Eickhoff with his 1948 Dodge 4 Door Custom, Bob Snyder with his 1983 Plymouth Scamp, Anne Christian and me in my Mom’s 1987 Dodge Shadow Turbo and Kevin Dusch and Bonnie Parker in her 2010 Dodge Challenger. We were happy that Nia Andrews, 2016 Miss Bucks County, joined our little Mopar parade in a Chrysler Prowler that was provided by the Gary Barbera Dealership.
Since the holiday season is always a very busy time and since our normal December meeting would have fallen on the day after Christmas, we decided to cancel that meeting in favor of holding an “after Christmas party” on January 14th. Anne Christian and Tom Price hosted the party at the clubhouse in the community where Anne lives.
Even though this winter hasn’t been too harsh, so far, the Independence Region is busy planning for the warmer weather. We’re looking forward to taking a late winter – early spring drive to Toms River to join members of the New Jersey Shore Region for lunch and to visit points of local interest.
The Independence Region meets at 7 PM on the 4th Monday of each month at Giuseppe’s Pizza and Family Restaurant, 1380 W. Street Road, Warminster, PA 18974. New members are always welcome!
Tom Price, President
John Browne, Vice President
Alan Eickhoff, Secretary
Warren Barcalow, Treasurer