Some call it a tradition. Others look at it as a pilgrimage of sorts. Regardless of how you categorize one of the longest running enthusiast events, the 32nd annual Mopar Nationals is the highlight of the summer for many enthusiasts who share the same love and passion for everything under the Pentastar. As long-standing traditions go, this years event didnt disappoint, despite what Mother Nature was throwing at us, as some of the finest looking and rarest Dodge and Plymouth muscle cars from the heady days of 400 plus cubic inch big-block boulevard bruisers were on display.
From over the top restorations to original paint survivors, we spotted great examples of the Dodge Scat Pack and Plymouth Rapid Transit System. There were also some unique vintage Dodge Ram trucks and Chrysler luxury cruisers throughout the massive grounds of National Trail Raceway, the adopted home of the Mopar Nationals for so many years.
The Mopar® Nationals also offers some great drag racing fun for just about every type of vehicle. From street driven late-model HEMI® Challengers and Chargers to full-blown wheel-standing racecars, the staging lanes were packed all three days with enthusiasts looking to blast down the quarter-mile in their ride.
Those looking for the latest go-fast goodies or restoration parts had a chance to peruse the manufacturers midway and see all the cool parts available to complete their project or make their current set of wheels go quicker, handle more nimbly or just look better. There was a wide selection of eye candy for shoppers to drool over, ranging from new reproduction sheet metal and trim parts for classic Chargers, Cudas and Challengers, to complete turnkey, ready to drop in, 600 horsepower crate engines.
The fun didnt end early as the neighboring city of Heath had some great cruising that lasted well into the evening hours. Here the locals along with the Mopar Nation came together to show off their cars and do a little after hours bench racing.
Despite occasional thunderstorms and heavy rains, the Mopar Nationals spirit was never dampened. We had a great time connecting with old friends and seeing all the cool rides that make up this wonderful community of car lovers from all walks of life. Were already counting down the days until next years event!