Message from the President



Message from the President
January 2014
Volume 3, Issue 1
Mopars of Brevard, Inc., PO Box 410003, Melbourne, FL 32941-0003
Message from the President
By Pete Stasio
Inside this issue:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Herb McCandless Overview
Al Capone Vehicle
Editors Column
Monthly Cruisin’s
Upcoming Car Shows
Meet the Staff
MOB Application
I hope all of you had a safe and Happy Holiday. I myself have been very busy with the
chores of the Swap Meet. Hopefully I will
have Swap Meet tee shirts ready to be
picked up by all the members who ordered
them at our next meeting. We will be discussing the Swap Meet again at the next
meeting. Also we will be resuming the
Cruisein on the 1/16/2014 so we need all the
volunteers we can get.
I hope everyone had a great time at the
Christmas party. We had lots of fun and the
food was great. We missed all the Mobsters
who couldn’t attend our last meeting. If you can’t attend the upcoming meeting, we
will be at the Wickham Pavilion on 1/17/2014 for the set up of the Swap Meet at 8am
for those wanting to help. We will meet the next day on 1/18/2014 at 5:15am to have
meetings with the Mobsters who have signed up for specific jobs such as: food sales,
raffles, tee shirt sales, registration, car parking and vender parking. The event will go
smoother with as many Mobsters that help out. This happens once year, so please
come out as early as possible. There will be plenty of jobs that need to be done.
President Pete Stasio
MOB Meeting at Tony’s Hotrod Hoagies
Thursday January 9, 2014 At 7pm
At Tony’s Hotrod Hoagies
We will have a private meeting room. Purchase of food or beverages are
not required to attend the meeting.
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December Dates
Check your Emails
By Katie Stasio
Please check your emails for your upcoming Birthdays
and Anniversaries for an email from 123 Greeting.
Mary Jane Morgan
Jan 1st
Shellie Weitlaud
Jan 2nd
Kenneth Wayson
Jan 3rd
Dave Mathews
Jan 11th
Jennifer Anderson
Jan 11th
Frank Parravani
Jan 14th
Ben Lewis
Jan 18th
Paul Vatcher
Jan 23rd
Pee Wee Doucette
Jan 23rd
Betty Semas
Jan 25th
Althea Underwood
Jan 26st
Pete Stasio
Jan 27nd
Ramona Bober
Jan 30th
Suzanne Knerr
Jan 31st
Definition of MOPAR—Massively Overpowered
and Respected
Thomas & Rebecca Deans Jan 2nd
Bob & Judy Moody
Jan 16th
Frank & Cheryl Parravani Jan 18th
Jim & Elaine Hairston
Jan 23rd
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Herb “Mr. 4 Speed” McCandless Overview
By Penny Anderson
Memphis area drag racer Herb McCandless made a name for himself as a serious threat in the Super Stock
wars of the 60’s and by the time 1970 rolled around he was in on the ground floor of the Pro Stock era. Herb
was an ace handling the 4-speed muscle cars of the day, hence his well deserved nickname, Mr. 4 Speed.
Started racing at Halls Tennessee Airport in the early 60’s driving a 1960 348 Chevy.
1968 - Quit his job at a printing company where he worked when he couldn’t get time off to compete in California. He began racing full time winning 36 out of 52 races in the Southern Style Heads Up events. It was a
career that required seemingly endless travel. Race weekends sometimes stretched from Thursdays into
Sundays. Two of his sons were born while he was hundreds of miles away.
1970 - Joined the world famous Mopar team of Sox & Martin as team driver. The dominating pair of Sox &
Martin, headquartered in Burlington, NC, had decided to expand their operation to two full-time Pro Stock
1970 - Won the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis and also became the first person to win a NHRA title in the
sportsman and pro eliminator divisions in the same year.
1972 - In the Sox & Martin car, Herb became the first pro stock driver to run 8.50’s and won 4 of 6 United
Racing Team events in a row. He raced with the Sox & Martin team through 1974.
1975 - Opened Herb McCandless Performance Parts in Graham, NC where he served the drag racing community as a Hemi engine expert for the next twenty-two years. During this time he furthered a long standing
relationship with Chrysler as a researcher and developer and was instrumental in the development of the W2
Cylinder Head Program.
1976 - Using the W2 heads, Herb won 3 IHRA Super Modified events.
Herb has been inducted into the NHRA Division 2 Hall of Fame, Super Stock Magazine Hall of Fame, East
Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame and the Mopar Hall of Fame.
Herb presently resides in Burlington, North Carolina.
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Al Capone aiding President Roosevelt with his car
Article forward by Roger Bukowski
The Art of the Automobile Car Show
By Paul Vatcher
Former Mob member, Wayne Darby and I went to " The
Art of the Automobile" car show hosted by the Lutheran
Church on November 30th at Cocoa Beach. There were
40 plus cars on a nice day interrupted by one slight rain
shower. After partaking of free hot dogs, chips, cookies,
and drinks and enjoying visiting with other car people we
were surprised to receive trophies for Wayne's 71 GTX, "
Best Muscle Car" and my 70 for "Best Classic Car"!
This is the third year I have attended this low key, fun
show in conjunction with the Space Coast Art Show.
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Editors Commentary
By John Capua
We had our annual Christmas Party and had a lot of fun socializing with those that came and of
course the gifts. Food and the service was excellent and a great choice by Steve. President Pete
talked about some upcoming events and caught me off guard where I talked about the car show
events for 2014 (Please review them in this newsletter for there are a lot of events for the upcoming months). New officers were elected in with Larry Knerr as the Treasurer, Mark Walters
at the Secretary and myself as the Vice President. I anticipate new changes for 2014 with the
MOB for fun events. I will talk more on this later. Here are some pictures of the Christmas Party
in Palm Bay.
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Car Cruisin for 2014
2nd Tuesday of the Month.
Cruisin at Hooters on Babcock Street from 5pm to 9pm in Melbourne, FL 321-795-7363 for more information.
Every Wednesday of the Month. Cruisin at Tony’s Hoagies on Nasa Blvd. Corner of Wickham Road in Melbourne, FL.
Every Thursday of the Month.
Cruisin at Checkers from 5pm to 9pm on US 1 at Roseland,
Sebastian FL.
Last Friday of Every Month. 80's & Older Class Car Show. Starts at 6pm. Music by DJ Doc
Holiday. Meets at Beef 'O' Brady's at 1316 S. Babcock St, Melbourne FL (321-951-2333). 50/50 Raffle and
food served outside.
3rd Thu. Monthly – West Melbourne.
Sponsored by MOPARS of Brevard County (MOB). All
vehicles cruise at Five Guys Burgers & Fries, 5 to 9 pm, located in the Hammock Landing Shopping Center, 225 Palm
Bay Road, West Melbourne, FL.
1st Fri. Monthly – Melbourne .
By the Space Coast Mustang Club. From 5-9pm in Melbourne at
Beef O’ Brady’s in downtown the Melbourne. They are inviting the MOB and anyone else who would like to get their
cars out!
1st Fri. Monthly—Melbourne. Eau Gaile Arts District Friday Fest, Highland Avenue at Eau
Gaile Blvd, 5pm—9pm. For more information call 321-795-7363.
1st Sat. Monthly –
Julian’s Restaurant, 1170 A1A, Indialantic. For more information call 321-795
2nd Sat. Monthly – Melbourne, FL. Meet at Jersey Mike’s Subs on 90 W. Hibiscus Blvd,
Melbourne, FL.
2nd Sat. Monthly – New Smyrna Beach.
By East Coast Cruisers, 4-8pm. Info (386) 427-7576.
Arrive early!
3rd Sat. Monthly – Merritt Island.
By Dixie Cruisers, 6-9 PM, 1450 North Courtenay Parkway, at
Beef O’Brady's in the Victoria Square Shopping Center.
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Car Shows for 2014
January 18, 2014, MOPAR Super Swap Meet XV, at Wickham Park Pavilion in Melbourne, FL. This is the Super Bowl of MOPAR Swap Meets sponsored by the MOPARs of
Brevard. This is at 3719 Wickham Rd, Melbourne FL 32935. Special appearance by Mr.
4Speed Herb McCandless and his legendary Pro Stock Demon. Dash plaques and goody
bags to the first 100 registrants, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, raffle drawings, For more
information visit or call Pete Stasio a 321-480-9265 or
email at [email protected] or call Penny Anderson at 321-727-1039 or email at
[email protected]
February 8, 2014, Higher Power Car Show, Satellite Beach FL. Special guest is Geoff
Bodine, 9 trophy categories, 2 winners in each. 50/50 raffle, auctions, door prizes,
goody bags to the first 100 registered. Free meal for first 50 registered. All proceeds
go to the Student Missions. Event hours are 8am to 2pm at Trinity Presbyterian
Church, 638 South Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, FL. Visit
February 9, 2014 Elks Lodge 10th Annual Charity Car Show & Picnic in Sebastian FL
32958. Show is from noon to 4pm which includes trophies awarded to top ten drivers
choice, 50/50 raffle, games club participation award and music by Good Vibrations.
Registration is $15 and all proceeds will benefit the Elks charities Early registration
will receive dash plaques (first 100). For more information contact Gene Rummell 772388-1138.
February 15, 2014 Ocean Breeze Elementary Car show Fundraiser. Show is 9am to
3pm at Satellite Beach Recreation Center, 1089 South Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach,
FL 32937. This event is sponsored by the MOPARs of Brevard and Ocean Breeze PTO.
There will be food vendors, games, prizes, music, booths, 50/50 raffle and door
prizes. People’s choice awards, first 50 cars get a dash plaque and goody bag. Contact
Katie Stasio at 321-794-5042 for more information and registration form.
February 16, 2014, 3rd Annual Show and Shine Classic Car Show, Melbourne FL.
From 12pm to 3pm at Suntree Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Melbourne FL
32940. Free Entry for cars, free food for drivers, Prizes for top 3 cars, 50/50 raffle,
door prizes, water slide for the kids, sno-cones, music provided by CRCC. Contact Rich
at 321-795-7363 for more information.
February 16, 2014, USA River Rats Inc presents the Future Medal of Honor Park
Car Show. This event is at Wickham Park BCC Pavilion 8am to ???. Food, refreshments, variety of vendors, live music with 2nd time Around Freshwater Band & Doc
Holiday. For more information visit or contact George at
321-693-4281, or Don at 321-652-0000, or Ken at 321-693-4762.
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Car Shows for 2014
March 1, 2014, Celebration of Cars, at Wickham Park Pavilion, Melbourne, FL. This
is an antique to modern auto show celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Ford Mustangs
(1964-2014). Registration 8am to 11am. Cost is $18 for pre-registration and $20 after
2/15/2014. Dash Plaques and goodie bags for first 150 cars. For show information contact Bob at 321-459-9950. This is hosted by the Antique Auto Club of Cape Canaveral.
March 9, 2014. 26th Florida MOPAR Nationals Car show, Hollywood, FL. All MOPAR
and AMC car show and swap meet. Sponsored by University Dodge and the Florida MOPAR Connection Car Club, Show is 10am to 4pm. For additional information contact
the Florida MOPAR Connection Car Club, PO Box 220083, Hollywood, FL 33022, or call
954-90-7096 or email to [email protected] Website is
March 15, 2014. Strawberry Festival, Melbourne FL. The event is at Wickham Park
Main Pavilion from 8am to 5pm. Pre-registration is $15 received before March 6, 2014
and $20 on the day of the event. There will be 50’s, 60’s & 70’s music, door prizes,
50/50 raffle, arts and crafts, kid’s korner w/games, entertainment, food of all sorts,
10 specialty awards, club participation awards for antiques, classic, custom, rod, motorcycle and modern cars. This is sponsored by the Habitat for Humanity of Brevard
County, Inc. Mail your registration to: Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, 4515
Babcock St., Palm Bay FL 32905 with your Name, Phone number, address, city, zip
code, year/make/model, club affiliation and email address.
March 22, 2014, Spring Fling Classic Car Show Palm Bay FL. The Fellowship United
Methodist Church is raising funds for a new church building. Event hours are 9am to
2pm at 975 Malabar Road NW Palm Bay, FL. There will be arts and crafts, 50’s to 70’s
music, 50/50 raffle, grab bag, basket raffle, karoke with Captain Jack. Tophies given
to Peoples Choice and Pastor’s Choice. Voting ends by 130pm and awards at 2pm.
Goody bags to 1st 50 registered, free lunch for the drivers. Registration is $10 on the
day of show.
March 29, 2014 3rd Annual Car Show at 4580 1st Street, Grant, FL. Hosted by
Treadwell Auto Trim. This is held at the Grant Seafood Festival Grounds. $15 registration includes T-shirt, Free BBQ lunch per vehicle, music, goody bags, door prizes and a
50/50 raffle. Trophies to 1st and 2nd for pre 1980, 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979,
1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2010 to present. Best of awards for paint, interior, import, truck, MOPAR, Ford, GM, Street Rod, Rat Rod/old school. Contact 321-254-5336
or for more information.
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Car Shows for 2014
April 5, 2014, Malabar Spring fest 2014, on Malabar Road. Open show for all years,
makes and models. Event hours 10am to 3pm at the Malabar Community Park, Malabar
Road (Behind the Fire Station), Door prizes, Music, Food, Arts & Crafts, Trophies given
to the People’s Choice and Mayor’s Choice. Registration is $10 on the day of the show.
May 1-4, 2014, Florida’s 27th Annual Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion. This is the
Nations largest Veterans Reunion supported by the Vietnam and All Veterans of Florida, Inc. There will be live music, food & drinks, Military vendors, POW/MIA ceremonies, The Last Patrol, The Moving Tribute. The event is at Wickham Park in Melbourne
FL. There is no registration fees for this event and free to the public. Bring your car
(of any model and year) or motorcycles. For more information call 321-501-6896, or
321-427-2843, or 321-652-4185. Vendors call 321-652-4185.
May 25, 2014, Memorial Day Parade and Car show, at McLarty Park, Barton Blvd,
Rockledge, FL Pre-registration is $15 and at the gate it is $20. Make checks payable to
the VFW Post 4534, 6713 Bear Trail, Cocoa FL 32926.
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Pete Stasio
[email protected]
(321) 480-9265
Vice President
Ray Moyer
[email protected]
(321) 951-0301
Ed Baranowski
[email protected]
(321) 727-2650
Penny Anderson [email protected]
(321) 727-1039
Board of Directors
John Capua
[email protected]
(321) 482-3887
Board of Directors
Larry Knerr
[email protected]
(321) 728-0299
Board of Directors
Bob Anderson
[email protected]
(321) 727-1039
Newsletter Editor
John Capua
[email protected]
(321) 482-3887
Jon Warner
[email protected]
(321) 635-8581
Membership Director
Katie Stasio
[email protected]
(321) 794-5042
Public Relations
Gerry Shaffer
Sharon Bukowski [email protected] (321) 723-8249
Andy Caldwell
BOD Members:
Other Supporting Staff:
(321) 722-4196
[email protected] (321) 633-4541
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MOB Membership Application
If you know any MOPAR owners who would like to become a member of the MOB,
please have the new member(s) fill out the form. Contact Katie Stasio (Membership
Director) at 321-794-5042 if you have any questions.
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