About Us

Since our official launch on January 1st, 2015, Mopar Connection Magazine has exceeded all expectations as an enthusiast magazine for those who love, live and breathe everything MOPAR. Some said that producing a 100% paid subscription-free publication honoring the legendary muscle cars of the ‘60s, ’70s and today’s modern machines would never work, but here we are defying the odds.

Today, Mopar Connection continues as the only digital publication of its type to be recognized by and officially licensed through MOPAR, and has surpassed all printed MOPAR enthusiast magazines in annual readership. How? Mopar Connection delivers the latest industry news, exciting car features, timely coverage from events nationwide, and real-world tech that equips the DIY’er with the know-how and tools to get the job done.

Mopar Connection Magazine publishes its articles daily and completely free to you – requiring no sign-ins, apps, downloads, or passwords to access our subscription-free content, making it the single-most accessible MOPAR magazine in the industry.

The Mopar Connection Staff

avatar for Kevin ShawKevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com
Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching Mopar Connection Magazine. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story. He’s also the co-author of “The Chrysler B-Body Restoration Guide.”

avatar for Cody KruegerCody Krueger

Car Feature Editor – cody.krueger@shawgroupmedia.com
Since the age of 4, Cody has been obsessed with everything Mopar. On Christmas of 1998, Cody’s parents gave him a rusty ’69 Charger shell that his father saved from a field. Cody’s garage still features that ’69 Charger as well as the additions of a ’71 Charger R/T, ’71 Super Bee, ’73 Duster, ’08 Challenger SRT8 and a ’13 Ram 3500. Cody can truly and proudly say that he is a true Mopar nut in love with all types of Mopars!

avatar for David KrukDavid Kruk

David grew up around classic cars, buying his first Mopar when he was 18 and has been addicted since. He currently has a 1970 Super Bee that he drives daily and competes in autocross and road course racing. He loves doing events like Power Tour, Moparty, SCCA, and Motor State Challenge.

avatar for Mark EhlenMark Ehlen

Mark Ehlen is one of the most prolific writers and magazine editors in the past 35 years, producing articles for the entire Motor Trend family of publications. Mark’s technical acumen is always on-point, delivering easy-to-follow tutorials, inspiring many do-it-yourselfers to pick up their tools and dive into their own projects.

avatar for Patrick RallPatrick Rall

Industry News Editor
Patrick entered the Mopar world when he bought his 1983 Mirada back in 1994, installing a mild 340 a year later that would eventually be built up into the range of 500 horsepower. Today, Patrick daily drives a Hellcat Challenger, but he still has his 340-powered Mirada, as well as a 1972 Demon 340 and a Hemi Ram.

avatar for Chris HolleyChris Holley

Technical Contributor
Chris has been a college professor for 25 years; at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. for the last 20 years. Chris instructs automotive classes in HVAC, electrical/electronics, and high-performance, including using a chassis dyno, flow benches, and various machining equipment. Recently, he added a vintage vehicle upholstery class to his teaching assignments. Chris owns a ’67 Dart, a ’75 Dart, a ’06 Charger, and a ’12 Cummins turbo diesel Ram, and he is a multi-time track champion (drag racing) with his ’69 340 Dart, which he has owned for 34 years.

Contributors

avatar for Lee AckermanLee Ackerman

Lee has been Mopar Connection Magazine’s resident “Mopar historian” bringing us some of the best, most insightful glimpses back in the world of competitive history. Whether it’s dirt track, oval track or the high banks of NASCAR, if MCM has published it, Lee likely brought it to us.

avatar for Ryan BruttRyan Brutt

Ryan is an automotive journalist from Chicago with a pair of Challengers (a ’70 and a ’09). Normally, in Ryan’s free time (which is a lot), he drives around the country documenting old cars in their unrestored condition – also known as “Barn Finds.” But he also writes about any sort of cool cars out there.

avatar for Dave ChamberlainDave Chamberlain

David Chamberlain is the owner of All Classics Restoration and the host of the YouTube channel of the same name. A lover of all things American classic cars, David is a talented painter and bodywork tradesman.

avatar for Mark EhlenMark Ehlen

Mark Ehlen is one of the most prolific writers and magazine editors in the past 35 years, producing articles for the entire Motor Trend family of publications. Mark’s technical acumen is always on-point, delivering easy-to-follow tutorials, inspiring many do-it-yourselfers to pick up their tools and dive into their own projects.

avatar for Todd FullfordTodd Fullford

Starting in high school, Todd really found his passion for automobiles while hot rodding a twin-turbo Stealth. When the LX platform came out in 2005, he was hooked! Since then, Todd’s built hundreds of Gen3 Hemi cars from bolt-ons to fully-built motors and just about everything in between. After purchasing a 1970 Dart Swinger in 2022, he’s been fully sucked into the world of classic Mopars. Racing, wrenching, going against the grain – he’s what you might call a “purist’s nightmare.”

avatar for Darryl SmithDarryl Smith

Darryl’s lived quite a bit of life despite being less than a quarter-century old. Born in Australia, raised in Tennessee and driving a super-retro 1973 Charger that lived most of its life in Hawaii, Darryl brings tons of enthusiasm and an eagerness to share his passion.

avatar for Mike WilkinsMike Wilkins

Michael Wilkins is a lifelong Mopar owner, restorer, and car enthusiast, as well as a respected judge of OE Plymouth and Dodge B-Bodies. Wilkins has spent nearly half a century driving, racing, and restoring some of the finest Mopars in the US, earning several Antique Automobile of America Grand National Senior awards, Mopar National Best of Show and first place awards, and a co-author of “The Chrysler B-Body Restoration Guide.”

avatar for Kent WillKent Will

Kent grew up in the shop with his old man and his ’70 Charger R/T. His first car was a 1969 Super Bee project when Kent was fourteen. That restoration experience lead to pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a career in manufacturing. Since then, the garage has expanded to include a ’67 Satellite, a ’72 Scamp, and a 2010 Mopar ’10 Challenger.

avatar for Gavin WollenburgGavin Wollenburg

Gavin grew up around Mopars in his lakeside home in Ohio, his father showing him nearly everything he needed to know about haulin’ some serious rear in his ’72 Dart Swinger. Since then, he’s made his little A-Body a serious autocross contender and regularly shows the modern boys how an old Dart does it!

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