It was an inaugural event to remember. Let me take that back; it was a GREAT inaugural event to remember. This year at the 2012 Mopar Nationals, we held the first ever AMSOIL presents the Mopar Muscle Numbers Don't Lie Dyno Showdown. Hatched as an event to allow our loyal readership to showcase the true power of their cars, the two day extravaganza took over an entire corner of the Mopar Nationals' manufacturer's midway. The concept was simple, randomly choose 20 reader vehicles from a pre-registered group, divide them into two divisions (power adder and non-power adder) and strap them to a mobile chassis dyno to determine who had the most powerful street Mopar in America. It was our readers chance to etch their name in history.
Our eclectic mix of Mopars ranged in horsepower numbers from a bone stock restored '69 Road Runner in the mid-200's, all the way up to a wild '71 Cuda. We also had the battle of not one but two couples. Darren Tedder and Terry Brown squared off in the Non-Power Adder class while Jaime and Jason Thompson went head to head in the Power-Adder class. It was a battle of the sexes where bragging rights in one was decided by the razor thin margin of a single horsepower.
For Part 1 of the full story head on over to newsstands and pick up the January 2013 issue of Mopar Muscle which goes on sale October 23. Part 2 will follow up in the February issue. In the meantime, check out all of the pictures and results here as well as the accompanying videos from the AMSOIL presents the Mopar Muscle Numbers Don't Lie Showdown.
This Facebook comment about Mike Waite's '69 Road Runner summed up the thoughts of several people: "Sounds low, better sell it.... How much u want 4 it"? -- Brian MacLennan
We're pretty sure it went back home with Mike.
Now, after checking out all of the entries and their results if you feel the need to argue that our winners might not have the most powerful car in America, then we challenge you to come and prove it next year. So if you plan to be the big dog next year, you better bring a St. Bernard because you'll have to pull more than 926hp to take home the trophy.
And it gets better. To make the 2013 Showdown even better we will be adding two more classes. If you want to join in the fun next year, your vehicle will fall into either our Power Adder and Non-Power Adder classes, or the newly added Outlaw and Diesel Classes. Keep an eye looking on the website, our Facebook page and on the printed pages of Mopar Muscle magazine for details coming soon.