The Chrysler Employee Motorsport Association (CEMA) is a non-profit group of FCA US employees and retirees who get together to do different car events and share their passion for vehicles. The group doesn’t have restrictions on members being Mopar owners either. Many of the members own vehicles from other brands and even a few members have motorcycle collections. Among their group events is the annual CEMA show, held on the Chrysler Technical Center campus in Auburn Hills.
The CEMA organization raises money from the event and donates it to a local non-profit group to benefit the community. For the past couple of years, the money raised has gone to the amazing Leader Dogs For The Blind organization. The program is for training of dogs to assist the blind in their everyday lives and giving those dogs to owners in need. Money raised at the event is not from spectator fees, but the entry fee of the cars participating. So the event is open to the public at no cost.
This year marked the 29th year of the CEMA show. This was the second car meet held in the past two weekends at the Chrysler Technical Center campus. The FCA Design Cars + Coffee event held on June 1st, got hammered with rain. It didn’t stop diehard car enthusiasts from coming out for that event. This past weekend, rain also hit the CEMA show which is held in the same lot as the FCA Design Cars + Coffee event. However, this weekend there was even a bigger turnout and more cars that seemed to stick around for the event.
The CEMA group celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Plymouth Road Runner, which made its debut in the 1968 model year. The car was the first of its kind, to stuff the largest engines into a completely stripped down Plymouth Belvedere. Where the Pontiac GTO might have kicked off the muscle car era with huge affordable horsepower, the Plymouth Road Runner did it as well without all the bells and whistles. The CEMA show didn’t disappoint even with mixed weather with the turn out of awesome Road Runners on display.
Many other makes showed up at the show as well. Cars like Mustangs, DeLoreans, Chevelles, El Caminos and a ton of other non-Mopar nameplates showed up for the event. Also many vehicles from Mopar’s extended heritage lineup showed up to the show as well. Nameplates like Pacer, J10, Commando and Imperial just to name a few among the cars present.
While the event was plagued with rain showers, it was still a blast to attend. The CEMA organization sure knows how to put an amazing event together and really knows how to bring the Mopar community and car community in general together. If you are a Mopar fan, this is one event you will have to put on your Mopar bucket list for sure.