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The Event Took Place From 9AM To 12PM On Sunday, September 29

The leaves are beginning to change color in Michigan, and that means that the end of cruising season is upon us here in The Mitten State. However, there’s time for on last hurrah, and FCA Design made it happen with an official cars & coffee meet up that happened outside of the Maserati and Alfa Romeo North American offices this past Sunday in Auburn Hills.

All makes and models were welcome, but being an official FCA event, naturally it was Mopar muscle that dominated the scene. And being that FCA Design hosted it, there were quite a few unique concept vehicles on display. In the gallery you’ll find various Jeep Moab Easter Safari concepts such as the Wrangler 4Speed and Wrangler Sandstorm. Also present was the Dodge Challenger 1320 Concept from SEMA 2009, a Ram 1500 Rebel with Mopar accessories, and a 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody with eye-popping orange brake calipers that was driven by Dodge design head Mark Trostle.

FCA also rolled out a pair of historical vehicles; a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T, and a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T.

Rain threatened the event, but the weather remained favorable all the way until the last Hellcat-powered Challenger peeled out of the parking lot. Overall, the meet up was well attended, and it’s great to see a local automaker like FCA take the initiative in providing a place for car enthusiasts to meet in an appropriate venue.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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