First up was Tom Filbert and his '98 Dakota. Tom's Dakota was in the non-power adder class
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.
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'71 Hemi 'Cuda
'09 Challenger SRT 8
6.1 Hemi ‐ 2.8L Kenne Bell Supercharger
'66 Belvedere I
'02 Dakota R/T
408 stroker ‐ Paxton NOVI 2000 supercharger
'11 Challenger SRT8
'01 Dakota R/T
408‐inch stroker with 150‐shot of nitrous
'68 Coronet R/T
500‐inch low‐deck stroker
'04 RAM 3500
'08 Super Bee
AirRaid Cold Air Kit/Predator tune
'00 Dakota Stock
360 long block ‐ rear‐mount 68MM turbo
'07 Chrysler 300
'99 Dakota R/T
'70 Satellite .030‐0ver
5.9L Magnum Engine
'03 Ram 1500
'05 Rumble Bee
'70 Charger R/T
Our second run of the day was from Bryan Miller and his '66 Belvedere. Yep, it's got a Hem
Our third roller-runner was Dave Belcarz with his 2003 Ram. 268hp in stock trim is right a
Tim Almasy's '99 Dakota is all stock, if you don't count the addition of a 440 and a Torqu
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.
Mike Waite's 383-powered '69 Road Runner made 217 hp. Not bad for a bone-stock resto.
Day two saw Bill Cherry's 392 Challenger hit the dyno without a power adder. He started th
Chaz Hoffner's turbo assisted Dakota only runs 7 pounds of boost through the stock 360 eng
In the "holy crap it made what" category, was Darren Tedder's non-power adder Hemi-powered
Who doesn't love a B-Body, especially one like this stunning '70 Charger R/T belonging to
The 500-inch low-deck stroker in this '68 Coronet R/T belonged to Pennsylvanian Tom Herrin
The weld work in the engine bay of Brian Akers''01 Dakota R/T was beyond impressive as was
'08 Super Bee's are cool. They're even cooler when you put an AirRaid Cold Air Kit and a P
When Jacksonville, North Carolina's Jaime Thompson pulled into the Showdown arena in her '
Active duty Marine, Jason Thompson, brought his '02 Dakota R/T and its 408 stroker with a
Late model cars were well represented in the Showdown, but there was none better looking t
'67 Coronets are awesome looking cars and with a beautiful factory restoration, Lonnie Jef
In round 2 of our couple's competition, Terry Brown brought her '66 Belvedere to go up aga
Dan Austin's '67 Barracuda sported a 340 Stroker that put out 314 naturally aspirated pon
Aaron Nolan drove down from McComb, Michigan, in his largely stock '05 Rumble Bee to notch
Our lone-diesel in the competition belonged to Zanesville, Ohio's Patrick Friel. Sporting
Rick Trunkett made the short journey from just up the road in Cleveland and as the final c
Keith Brunn of Cloverdale, Virginia, had the dyno guys strap down his '70 Satellite so he