2009 Dodge Challenger SE
Mario Baltierra “MKnight”
Member of the Month – October 2011
Photos by Kalem Romero
A car club is not just about the cars looking good, but the website and magazines need to be sharp and designed with an eye-catching array of graphics. Mario “MKnight” Baltierra has been one of the driving forces behind the amazing graphics on the website and new club magazine for DFWLX. He has dedicated his skills to the club as a Graphics Designer and has helped create a progressive image for the DFWLX club. As a profession, Mario is a graphics designer and has used his talent and eye for the DFWLX family in creating the club that keeps growing. Mario explains his desire to become a staff member saying, “I wanted to lend my skills to the club to help build its appearance and increase membership which will in turn build our contributions to charities the club supports.”
Giving back is one of the pillars the DFWLX club believes in and Mario is no exception. He and his family dedicate a lot of their time to local charities to help those less fortunate. He helps in any drive and event that benefits a charity in the DFW area because he feels it is right for a group to give back and help their community. Toys for Tots is one of the club’s biggest events and charity drives of the year and Mario makes sure he attends and helps in any way possible.
His passion has been evident ever since joining the club in July, 2010 and he has leant his skills to creating the best representation of the club for the events. Mario’s dedication was recognized by the club when they voted him Member of the Month for October, 2011. Mario graced the DFWLX club with his membership after receiving his 2009 Dodge Challenger. A simple search on the internet exposed him to the DFLWX website and decided it would be a great fit for him and his Challenger. Mario expresses his enjoyment for the club saying,
“I am a member of DFWLX because I like what the club does for its community through the support for charities, family members, events, and their desire to ‘drive’ these vehicles to their fullest potential.”
Mario’s first events were the Meet and Greets at Sherlock’s in Arlington where he was introduced to Chris “Texasbrotha420” Cassell. Chris helped him get to know other members of the club and as Mario would put it, “the rest is history.”
When Mario brings his car out to events, he makes sure his wife and daughter are usually with him. He shares his passion for cars and the club with them, making the DFWLX family part of his family. People close to Mario know that he has a passion for classic trucks and cars. He has owned four classic trucks that he has had since he graduated high school. His love for the modern tribute to the classic Challengers drove him to sell his most recent classic truck to purchase his Challenger. “I wanted something that the entire family could cruise in, as well as, something I could enjoy every day,” Mario explains about what drove him to purchase his Challenger.
Since purchasing his Challenger, Mario has driven his family around town and shown it off to other members. For his passion and exposure, his Mother and cousin’s wife have since purchased a Challenger. Currently he is the only member of his family that has joined the DFWLX club, but that will not remain for long.
Since owning his Challenger, Mario has made small performance modifications and a number of appearance modifications to personalize his ride. Most modifications are subtle changes that only car-minded individuals might notice. There are plans in the works to make “subtle enhancements that [will make] people say, wow, I didn’t notice that at first, but I knew there was something about the look that I liked.” He aims to create a sleeper Challenger that surprises everyone at the shows and on the street.
Mario has used his talents and passion for cars to help build and expand the DFWLX reputation and continues to lend his eye to keep the club on the cutting edge. His desire to give back to the community has also helped build a reputation for the club throughout the DFW area and among other car clubs as a charitable group that donates time, money, gifts, and friendship to those in need. Without members like Mario, the club would not have had the opportunity to grow to its current stature and continue to grow every day. Mario has the desire to give back but also points out his passion for the cars themselves.
“The Challenger is now my daily driver and I enjoy every minute I get behind the wheel. These cars are a blast to drive.”
- AirRaid Cold Air Intake & Custom Intake Tube
- Dual Cat-Back Exhaust with Silverline Quad Tips
- Diablo Predator Tuner
- Ported Throttle Body
- Eibach Pro-line Suspension
- Mopar Hood Struts
- Mopar Challenger Stainless Steel Door Sill Guards
- Mopar T-handle Shifter
- Mopar Pedal Kit
- Custom Vinyl Stripes
- Painted Calipers
- Underhood Billet Dress-Up Kit
- 20” Boss 338 Staggered Wheels with Nitto Tires
- LED Glow Headlights
- Chrome Fuel Door
- Custom SE Grill Badge
- Red Gauge Trim
- Red Grill Trim
- Red Interior/Exterior Badging