Well I guess it had to happen sometime this summer for a major American car show to fall foul to more typical British summer conditions than we have expected, and that’s exactly what happened at this year’s MoparEuroNats on 27, 28 & 29 July
The beauty of this show is that it encompasses three days, so if the weather turns foul then it is highly unlikely to wash away all the activities. As it turned out, Sunday took the full force of persistent rain, low cloud and gloom, however not only did the trophy ceremony go ahead so did the incredible Burn-Out Contest with Andy Bozwell adjudged to be Burn-Out King of 2018, up against very stiff competition and a damp start-line the Boz took the win.
Sunday’s rain affected the trophy presentation but it didn’t dampen the crowd’s spirits. Larger-than-life Mopar aficionado Andy Robinson scooped Best in Show and another two awards for his immaculate Dodge Daytona recreation that not only scrubs up pretty well but the mighty Hemi 4-speed also thunders up the 1320 in 13.5 secs!
Fastest Mopar of the weekend went to Dutchman Michael Tooren in a 1971 Cuda bodied Pro Mod that achieved a blistering 6.072 secs.
Classic American “Car Of The Year” heat winner was claimed by Steve Henry and his gorgeous 1969 COPO Camaro.
Trends for this year seemed to be that entry level Mopars are now the C-Body fuselage cars – these land yachts have long been off the radar with the more traditional Mopes ever increasing in value. I also noted the “rat rod” look is at its most prolific while some cars just appear non-road worthy, others really give the style a certain panache – thumbs up from me then!
The MoparEuronats might not be the biggest show to roll into Santa Pod annually but it has a devoted hard-core enthusiast following that see the weekend as much more than a soiree of muscle cars, its three days of Mopar mayhem, and long may it continue in its current form.
Look out for 2019 Dates.