2018 TVMC Mopar Show & Go

Posted by admin in Site News
Post date: December 23, 2017

Mopar Friends,

This year’s  2018 TVMC 20th Annual Mopar “Show & Go” Car Show is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Huntsville Dragway north of Huntsville, AL.  We will have several judged classes for MOPAR show cars & trucks from all years, vendors, foot brake racing and fun runs.  Registration is $20 per event.

Automotive-related vendors are welcome and are $20 for any size space. Please no T-Shirt sales, only other apparel will be okay.

Spectator fee includes both show and racing venues for $5.

Registration from 8am-12 noon.

There will be a special guest and a special display to be announced at a later date.

Continue to check our posts for added updates.

See you there!

Download Flyer Here: TVMC 2018 Flyer

2017 TVMC Mopar Show & Go

Posted by admin in Site News
Post date: April 26, 2017

Hi Mopar Friends,

The 2017 TVMC 19th Annual Mopar “Show & Go” Car Show is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Huntsville Dragway north of Huntsville, AL.  We will have several judged classes for MOPAR show cars & trucks from all years, car corral, vendors, foot brake racing and fun runs.  Registration is $20 per event.

Automotive-related vendors welcome – $20 (any size space) [No T-Shirt sales please, other apparel OK]

Spectator fee includes both show and racing venues for $5.  12 and under are free.

Registration from 8am-12noon.  Awards at 2pm.



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In Memory of Lennie R. Schrimsher

Posted by admin in Site News
Post date: March 13, 2016

In Memory of Lennie R. Schrimsher   December 9, 1945  –   February 27,  2016

We have lost a true MOPAR man as Lennie Schrimsher walked across the road to be with the Lord on 27 February 2016.  We can all be thankful he is without pain and at peace.   Our thoughts and prayers are with his family;  Janice,  his wife of 49 years, son Jeremy and wife Whitney and grandchildren whom he adored and talked about often, Nolan and Molly, and his brother Wayne.

Lennie was born in Limestone County and graduated from East Limestone High School in 1964. He was drafted in 1966 and served in the Army Signal Corps for 3 years in units located in Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts and Germany.  Prior to being drafted and then after his service, he worked at Southern Bell  (now AT&T) in Huntsville and then through promotions moved to Birmingham where he retired in 1995.  He moved back to Huntsville in 1995 working for Quantech until his final retirement in 2005.  He loved his MOPAR’s and was an active member of the Birmingham MOPAR Car Club with his original 1965 Dodge Dart that he bought new in Birmingham.  He found a 74 Dodge Challenger in Birmingham and continued to work on it over the years, changing the engine to a 440 and painting it Plum Crazy.  Lennie was our President of the Tennessee Valley Mopar Club from 2004 until 2015.  He was a Hot Rodder, at heart, and through the years he was involved in the street racing scene, organized drag racing and weekend show car events.  He loved talking to people about cars and the complex mechanical issues with them.  He was a perfectionist and loved to research issues on cars and how each item worked on a car.  Lennie was a “go to” person if you were having a problem because he would research it and normally he could come up with a solution that fixed the issue.  He loved to share the history of MOPARs.  This was highlighted in 2013 when Lennie was invited to make a presentation on the history of MOPAR Muscle Cars at the University of Alabama Huntsville’s OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute.

During Lennie’s Memorial Service, his son Jeremy described the five principles that Lennie lived his life by:

Number One – Honesty is the best policy

Number Two – We came here to work and serve others

Number Three – If a job is worth doing, then it needs to be done right the first time

Number Four – Lead, Follow or Get out of the way

Number Five – With tools and life there is a home for everything – orderly and logically laid out, clean and ready for use

Lennie, you will be missed for your leadership of the TVMC and friendship you provided to everyone you encountered — most of all your sage advice to all of us throughout the years.


Obtaining vintage or original plates for your old Mopar

Posted by admin in Club News, Mopar News, Site News
Post date: March 1, 2010

Hello fellow TVMC members.  Some of you have expressed an interest in how to obtain certain tags for your Mopar in the state of Alabama.  So, I did a bit of research and found some of those answers for you.

The first question that came up was how to obtain an Antique plate for their car and the restrictions that apply to that tag.  Here is what I found.

To begin with there are two types of Antique tags for OLD cars registered in Alabama.  “Antique License” plates were issued prior to 1996 and if you currently have one you are in violation of the statues if you are driving your car with it.  Effective 1 October 1997 the Antique Plate was replaced by the “Vintage Vehicle” license plate.  Here is an excerpt from the code regarding this.

Alabama Motor Vehicle Code 40-12-290 Section (E)(1) states…… “Effective October 1, 1997, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate, on the public highways of this state, a vehicle based in this state and displaying a vintage vehicle license plate not in compliance with subsections (b), (c), and (d). Any antique license plate or tag issued prior to October 1, 1996, shall become invalid on October 1, 1997.

But there is good news if you still have an “Antique” plate….Section (4) states that the…..”The owner of a vehicle displaying an antique license plate issued prior to October 1, 1996, if the vehicle is to be operated in accordance with the provisions of this section, shall surrender the license plate and obtain the vintage vehicle license plate above authorized without payment.”  So, we have good news, you can swap your old “Antique” plate for a “Vintage” Plate Free!

So, this brings us to the second type of OLD car plate, the “Vintage Vehicle” license plate.  This plate is the current plate issued to antique vehicles in Alabama.  So, what is a Vintage Vehicle plate and how can it apply to my Mopar?  Let’s see.  Alabama Code 40-12-290 Section (D) tells us the following… a “vintage vehicle” is: “(i) a private passenger automobile, truck or truck tractor which weighs not more than 26,000 pounds gross weight, motorcycle, or fire truck, (ii) over 30 years old, (iii) operated as a collector’s item, including participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades, and not used for general transportation purposes, (iv) a vehicle having the original or substantially similar vehicle body, chassis, engine, and transmission as designated for that make, model, year, and age vehicle.”

Ok, let’s see; my 1971 Road runner is over 30 years of age, weigh’s less than 26,000 pounds and I do not use it for daily transportation.  So it qualifies, thus far.

Additionally, subsection (2) further restricts us by stating that…. “A vehicle using or displaying a “vintage vehicle” plate issued pursuant to this section shall not be used as a commercial vehicle, for transporting passengers or property, or for use as a service vehicle.” So, I guess if Papa John were delivering pizza’s in Alabama, in his butt ugly Camaro, he would be in violation of our state code and subject to fines.  We will address those in a minute.

Are there any further restrictions?  Let’s see.  This same statute further states the following…. “(3) “Vintage vehicle” license plates shall remain with the vehicle when sold or otherwise disposed of, and the new owner shall transfer the registration into his or her name in accordance with the provisions of Sections 40-12-260 and 40-12-261, if the vehicle will be operated in accordance with this section, and, if not, standard license plates shall be obtained.”

This section tells us two things.  One, the plate remains with the vehicle when sold and two, the new owner is effectively in violation of the code if he cannot live up to the provisions outlined in the previous sections as discussed above and should obtain standard plates.

What else does this statute tell us?  Well just this…. “(2) Any person violating this section shall, upon conviction, pay a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100), shall forfeit the vintage vehicle registration and plates issued to the owner for the respective vehicle, shall be liable for the regular registration fee and taxes for the vehicle, and shall be barred from applying for or holding a vintage vehicle registration for the respective vehicle for three years from the date of the violation. This penalty shall be in lieu of any other penalty specified in this chapter for this offense.”

Enough said about that!!

Well, how do I get one and how much is it you may be asking by now.  Let’s see…. “(a) Subject to the requirements of subsections (b), (c), (d) and (e), the owner of a motor vehicle which is herein defined as a “vintage vehicle”, upon application to the judge of probate or commissioner of licenses on special application forms prescribed by the Commissioner of Revenue and the payment of a registration fee of ten dollars ($10), may register the vehicle as a “vintage vehicle” and procure therefore permanent license plates to be issued and displayed on the vehicle.”

“(b) Beginning October 1, 1996, the owner of a “vintage vehicle” which is owned and operated primarily as a collector’s item may, upon satisfying the requirements of this subsection, register the vehicle as a “vintage vehicle.” The owner shall apply to the judge of probate or county official authorized and required by law to issue license plates. The owner shall pay a registration fee of ten dollars ($10). Upon satisfying these requirements, permanent “vintage vehicle” license plates shall be issued and displayed on the vehicle.”

To summarize, you can drive on down to your local tag office, fill out a special form, give the lady behind the desk a $10 spot and walk out with a permanent “vintage vehicle” plate for your Mopar.  Cool!!

Well that is good but are there any other specialty plates available for my old Mopar??  The answer is a resounding, YES!  Here is the low-down on obtaining one.  First you have to go down to your local junkyard or antique store and buy an authentic Alabama State license plate that is the same year as your cars manufacture date.   Then you take it down to the license office and register it as the permanent plate for your car.  Let’s investigate the details.

According to Alabama Motor vehicle Code Section 40-12-297 the owner….I will let you read the code…. “(a) The owner of any vehicle designated as a 1976 year model vehicle or earlier qualified to receive a vintage vehicle license plate, upon application to the county license plate issuing official, in lieu of receiving the vintage vehicle license plate, may request to register an original Alabama license plate, 1976 or previous, including a restored or refurbished Alabama license plate, issued in the model year as designated by the manufacturer of the vehicle, of a type license plate that would have been issued to that category vehicle. Subject to the restrictions herein provided, the license plate issuing official shall issue a permanent vintage vehicle validation decal and attach the decal to an appropriate location on the lower portion of the original Alabama license plate. The issuing official shall also issue a registration receipt to be maintained within the vehicle and presented to law enforcement upon request. The issuing official shall collect the fee authorized under subsection (b) of Section 40-12-290 when issuing a vintage vehicle validation decal and the funds shall be distributed in the same manner as other fees collected for the issuance of vintage vehicle license plates. The issuing official shall be entitled to the issuance fee provided under Section 40-12-271.”

To summarize, if your vehicle qualifies to have a “Vintage Plate” as outlined previously, you may register your car with an original Alabama plate of the same year as your car, permanently.

If you want an original plate, you must present the plate to the authorities for approval.  Sub section (b) states….. “(b) The owner requesting the registration of an original Alabama license plate shall present the license plate to the issuing official for examination, and, upon approval, issuance. In examining the license plate, the issuing official shall check the legibility and condition of the license plate and shall ascertain if the original Alabama license plate would have been properly issued to the category of vehicle for which registration is being currently requested.”

So now you’re thinking, what if I already have a “Vintage Plate” and want to change it to an original year plate?  Section (c) states…. “In the event the owner of a vehicle has applied for and is currently displaying a vintage vehicle license plate and elects to obtain a registration for an original Alabama license plate as herein provided, the owner shall surrender the vintage vehicle license plate at the time of registration and shall not receive a credit for fees previously paid.”

What if the year of my car required front and rear plates back in the day?  Section (f) states…..”In the event front and rear original Alabama license plates were issued, only one original Alabama license plate shall be authorized for display on the rear of the vehicle.”

If your plate is mutilated or stolen, you may register another original plate for the nominal fee according to subsection (e).

Be advised the rules and restrictions outlined in “Vintage Tag” discussion also applies to “Original Tag” vehicles.

One more thing.  Section 40-12-293 states that….. “Except for the provisions of Sections 40-12-260 and 40-12-261, a vehicle which has been registered and licensed as a “vintage vehicle” pursuant to this division shall not be subject to the motor vehicle licensing requirements of Division 1 of this article, nor any other law prescribing or requiring the payment of a license or privilege tax for the privilege of operating the vehicle upon the public roads or highways of this state. Vehicles registered under this division shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation.”

So, for $10 bucks you can have either a “Vintage Tag” or “Original Year” Tag for your vintage Mopar.

Below are some links that you can check out if you have any further questions on this subject.

This link is a color chart of all Alabama tags from 1976 back to 1912


This link is to all the Alabama Motor Vehicle Codes


I hope this has been informative to you and assists you on this subject.

Happy Moparing!!

Bob Glover


All about the 2008-2009 Dodge Challenger

Posted by admin in Mopar News
Post date: March 22, 2008

Allpar has a detailed page dedicated to the 2008-2009 Dodge Challenger that I would recommend you to check out. New photos as well as tons of new information can be found there!

71′ Dodge Challenger at the Huntsville Dragway

Posted by admin in Entertainment
Post date: January 8, 2008

I came across a couple of clips on Youtube of a 71′ Dodge Challenger running some tests over at the Huntsville Dragway. I’ve seen this car at our show, but never was able to see it in action. Thanks to Youtube, I now can.

This car belongs to Gary Herda. He also owns a 71 Dodge Hemi Challenger Convertible. Thanks to his wife, Tonya, for sending me details on the car. Click the Read the Rest of this Entry for another video inside of the car.

And if you have video of your mopar in action, upload it to Youtube and send me a link!

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