April 8, 2013 3:53 PM
Late last year, Chrysler Group started a PentaStars brand
ambassador program. It’s a way for us to connect and
communicate with the legions of supporters for our company and our
brands across North America and around the world. As people
answered and submitted a Q&A about themselves, we were humbled
by the passion that people have for Chrysler Group and our
And we wanted to share their stories with you in a regular
PentaStar Profile feature, starting with Glen Shaw of Huntsville,
Ont. Click to read more on the PentaStars program.
Why are you a PentaStar?
I am 57 years old and, since the age of 20, I have owned only
Chrysler products. I currently own a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew
and a 1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati.
In 2010, I sold my ‘69 Imperial LeBaron to a collector in
France. I had that car for 20 years. My daughters grew up in that
car, travelling from club functions, car shows and holidays all
summer, every summer.
In 1981 with the help of some other Imperial owners, I founded The
Canadian Imperial Owners Association, the only Canadian club
solely dedicated to Imperials and their owners. The club still
operates today, albeit a small group. I used to get information on
Chrysler products from Walt McCall in Public Relations at Chrysler
Canada. I even had him address our club at our AGMs.
I still have a lot of sales brochures, magazine ads and hardcover
books on Chrysler. I also have a lot of die cast cars of Chrysler
I am a wealth of useless information when it comes to Chrysler and
Imperials, and I still attend car shows weekly in my TC, often
going to Mopar
Fest in New Hamburg in August.
I supplied cars for the Willistead Antique Car show when Chrysler
was the corporate sponsor, and also supplied cars for a photo shoot
for Collectible Automobiles magazine. I also have been interviewed
for an article in the Wheels Section of the Toronto Star.
I follow NASCAR Sprint Cup series and have rooted for Penske Racing
because of his relationship with Dodge. My favourite driver is
Richard Petty because of the Plymouths he drove. Not sure who I'll
support in 2013.
There is no one more passionate about Chrysler than me. I was a
supporter of Chrysler when it wasn't deserved or it was cool to do
so. If I could have made a living promoting Chrysler, I would have
gladly done so.
What was your first vehicle and how did you get it?
My first Chrysler product was a ‘69 Dodge Monaco 500 I bought
at Centennial Plymouth Chrysler in Barrie. I bought it for $1,500n
1975. This was my second car. I have not owned a vehicle that
wasn’t a Chrysler product as my primary vehicle since.
What about Chrysler Group vehicles drives your devotion?
I have owned a ‘69 Dodge, ‘72 Dodge Polara, ‘76
Cordoba, ‘69 Imperial LeBaron, ‘76 Plymouth Gran Fury,
‘77 Dodge Coronet wagon, ‘80 Newport, ‘85
Chrysler Fifth Avenue, ‘92 Dodge Caravan SE, ‘93 Dodge
Grand Caravan LE, ‘94 Dodge 2500 Maxiwagon, ‘96 Dodge
1500 SLT ½ ton, 2000 Dodge 1500 SLT ½ ton, ‘93
Lebaron GTC convertible, 2002 Dodge 1500 SLT, 2005 Dodge PT
Cruiser, 2006 Chrysler Town & Country minivan, 1989 Chrysler TC
By Maserati and 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew.
So, I have owned every engine from the small 4 cylinder through to
the 440 in both Imperials. The new 3.6 Pentastar V6 is an amazing
engine - all kinds of power and still gives better mileage than the
old 3.8 that was in my Town & Country. I owned a number of 318
V8s, which were bullet proof. The 440s would pull those 5000-lb
Imperials around like they were a compact car. The only engine
failure I had with all my vehicles was a slant 6 in ½ ton
that I bought. The truck had a very difficult life prior to me
buying it for $500. The engine was replaced with a remanufactured
one from Chrysler and that truck is still going.
Chrysler has built some awesome engines - 4, 6 & 8 cylinders,
and the 3.6 is in keeping with that tradition.
As a youth, I saw various Chrysler products take abuse from my
friends and I that they were never meant to withstand, but they
did. Everything from a ‘69 300 4-door to an airborne
‘71 Dart Swinger. Oh to be able to get away with that
Connected online or through clubs?
I am on Facebook, follow Chrysler on YouTube, Under the PentaStar
segments, and belong to a number of Imperial and TC online groups,
as well as subscribe to Allpar.com, Mopar
Style forum and a few others.
I spend a lot of time online reading what’s new and
what’s coming from Chrysler. I have a lot of old photos I
have taken over the years, ads, books, etc., that I would share. I
also have friends that are a resource as well, in knowledge as well
as cars from the past.
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Former Chrysler Canada President Yves Landry (L) and Glen Shaw at
the Chrysler Imperial exhibit during the Willistead Classic &
Antique Car Show in Windsor, Ont., Aug. 25,1991. The exhibit was
organized by the Canadian Imperial Owners Association, which was
founded by Glen.
Glen and his 1993 Chrysler LeBaron GTC convertible, taken June 18,