The 2005 Mopar Nationals paid...
The 2005 Mopar Nationals paid homage to the car that is arguably the most recognized musclecar to Mopar aficionados-The Road Runner. All weekend, Road Runners were doing burnouts, shown, and raced.
The Mopar Nationals is what comes to mind when people think of a Mopar-only car show. This year was the 25th time around the block, and the 'Nats showed off the best of what Mopar was and is, with vendors, manufacturers, and enthusiasts showing off the goods on a grandiose scale to thousands of spectators. Sure, many other great shows are popping up all over the nation, but the Mopar Nationals still resides in the hearts of all Mopar aficionados as the end-all, be-all of Mopar-only musclecar weekends.
Over the three-day event last August, more than 56,000 showed up at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio, to battle the heat and evening rainfall. An amazing 3,155 cars were on display with many more parked around the surrounding grassland. With nearly 2,000 vendors and countless more in the swap meet, Mopar fanatics had almost too much to do in only three days. the days were filled with the roar of passing dragsters and door slammers, car judging, displays, and Year One's F.A.S.T. invitational race class.
Celebrating the Plymouth Road Runner this year, the Nats put up a massive tent with several choice examples of the everyman's musclecar. Like the salutes to the Dart and Charger the previous two years, this year's Road Runner display was a presentation in history. With models from nearly every production year, the Mopar Nationals' exemplary vehicle pavilions help to educate as well as showcase some of the finest in restored and surviving machines in the hobby.
The Nats are truly too large an event to fully show you here, so for even more Nats coverage, check out our Web site: www.moparmusclemagazine.com. And for more information about the 2006 Mopar Nationals, go to www.moparnats.com.
This survivor '70 Super Bee...
This survivor '70 Super Bee was one of the first participants to ruin a perfectly good set of tires in the ever-popular burnout contest. Clouds of choking white lingered over the dragstrip long after the last contestant participated. But that didn't stop the tire hazing; the hijinks continued that night on Brice road.
This classic Dodge 500 carrier...
This classic Dodge 500 carrier truck received a new tow bed, parading the owner's gorgeous matching red '69 Dodge Charger Hemi R/T.