Would you like to write up a short article for inclusion in the DOC Digest? Do you have an interesting story about a trip in your truck? Have you done some mods you'd like to share with other members? If so, submit your piece to me no later than the 20th of the month. Submissions should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line "Newsletter." We're looking for any kind of article that'd be of interest to the members.
Don't forget to submit your photos for use on future Newsletter covers. The requirements are simple. Of course it's for active members only, but I'm looking for trucks that have some nice exterior mods as well as performance mods and the photo has to have some thought given to composition — I don't want photos with a lot of background clutter, etc. In addition to the photo, I need a brief description of the mods on the truck. Cover photos are for members that have any Dodge Truck; be it Durango, Dakota, or Ram. I think you know what we like. We all know what stock Dodge Trucks look like so let's showcase some real nice ones here.
Welcome to the September issue of the DOC Digest!
September… kids back in school, leaves starting to turn, maybe even a bit of a chill in the air (hey, anything under 105 is "chill" in AZ! ) Fall's probably my favorite time of the year. I think one of the reasons is there's so much to look forward to over the next few months. Before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us and we'll be busy 24-7 preparing for happy times with family and friends.
So, before we get too busy, this would be an ideal time for all of us to consider what we could do to make life a little happier, even if it's for just one person. If you have the interest and ability to do so, I'd like to suggest a donation to the UAW1183 Toy Drive. Once again, The Durango Owners Club will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and cash donations which will be presented to the UAW during the DOC Plant Tour scheduled for Thursday October 14th - Friday October 15th 2004 at the Durango Plant in Newark Delaware. Full details on how to make a contribution are provided elsewhere in this newsletter or on the Forum. I hope you'll consider this opportunity to bring happiness to a child this year.
Until next month, remember to tread lightly and drive friendly!
DOC FUN FACTOID
In late 1939, Dodge introduced their VC series Trucks and began a nearly 30 yr domination of the light-duty military market. These military, 1/2 ton, 4x4 vehicles were based upon their civilian, 1-ton, 4x2 designs. Command car, pickup & carry-all body styles were produced and all were called "Jeeps" by the GI's using them.
This month's DOTM is Neil Franklin of Marlton, NJ. Neil was nominated for his frequent posts to the Forum which have been of valuable assistance to many members and non-members. He's quickly and accurately answered lots of folks questions. Congratulations Neil!!
A bit about myself, I grew up in Queens New York till I graduated college. I attended the State University of New York Maritime College. New York Maritime is a relatively small Military type school and one of only a few Maritime Academies across the country with an attendance of about 800 cadets. The school was founded 125 yrs ago to train merchant seamen. Graduates receive U.S. Coast Guard licenses in Deck or Engineering positions and the school currently offers various science and engineering degrees as well. During the summer we operate the 550 ft school training ship and sail it to various ports in Europe and the U.S. I graduated in 1988 and have a Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Engineering and a license as a Third Assistant Engineer, Steam of Motor vessels of any horsepower. The school is the best place to be from and I'm proud of it.