Twenty-Six & not out!
The MoparEuronats has weathered everything that can be thrown at it over the decades, from the most atrocious summer weather conditions to blistering sunshine, gales, biblical rain, tornado winds and even a wild wasp epidemic.
Yet still it survives and prospers drawing new enthusiasts into the clutches of Muscle Car Madness.
This year through the power of prayer brought three days of uninterrupted Mopar Mayhem with an unrivalled spectacular Show n Shine and some of the hottest racing that the event has ever seen.
With a field of 38 cars entered to do battle in the Nostalgia Super Stock series, all pitted together made a sight to behold, having only existed for a few years the class is now a firm favourite with racers and spectators alike.
The Gasser Circus, Tri-Chevy Shootout and the infamous Wild Bunch all added impressively to the track action ably supported by a whole host of Run Wot You Brungers, taking advantage of the extended race time.
Duncan “Cannonball” Watts has never missed a MoparEuroNats and while his heart continues to pump Chrysler blood around the body he never will. This episode saw him bring along his Pentastar auto jumble and a considerable line-up of attention- grabbing race cars for strip action all carrying the Watts Racing banner, its heavy-duty enthusiasts like Big Dunc that make the EuroNats the show it is.
Friday morning saw the usual scramble for favourite tent pitches and weekend encampments as the partakers poured into the site readying their cars for the midday track opening. A healthy attendance grooved the night away to the live band The Updates.
The 26th bash included plentiful club participation with the invited MOCGB Mustangs rubbing shoulders with the MMA Mopar Muscle Association and for the first time the newly formed UK Mopars all adding considerably to the flavour of the event.
Sitting proudly at the front of the MMA stand along with that radical black 68 Charger were two T/A recreation E-bodies. Matt Hollingsworth’s Sam Posey #76 Challenger and Matt Snowball’s freshly completed # 48 Dan Gurney AAR Cuda, these cars rightfully demanded attention.
The Mustang club also displayed some choice muscle cars with a gorgeous 1969 Mach 1 owned by club official Roy Stapleton and an envious supporting cast.
The UK Mopars played a huge part in this year’s show giving their full endorsement, event planner Bob Main complete with 71’Challenger who ran around all weekend dressed in a kilt pouring out immense enthusiasm. Not only did they contribute greatly to the entertainment but also raised a considerable amount for Great Ormond Street Hospital, well done guys and gals.
Those who survived the Saturday Night band were up bright and early for Sunday’s racing as the Show Cars poured into the main arena, by 10.00 am the tarmac became covered with a diverse collection of muscle cars and something to cater for everyone’s choice. This year saw many themed 1969 models with a jaw dropping display of Mopar B-body 69’s across the back fence. Not to be out done in the same line-up were two original Trans Am street cars both painted factory black, they were worth the entry fee alone.
Along with the Show ‘n’ Shine, the most popular feature of Sunday is the Incredible Burn-Out Contest, always eagerly anticipated at the lunch break, the competitors have 30 seconds to generate the greatest amount of smoke from their rear tyres. This year’s winner Will Formosa not only won the contest but treated the crowd to plumes of blue and red smoke that completely enveloped the start line, a fitting champion in a crazy 68 Charger, hats off mate.
Over the past couple of years Sunday’s have suffered with poor weather however this time around saw the “Straight Aces” belting out a remarkable rockabilly set with spectator participation and a trophy presentation that ran like clockwork, ahem! The coveted Best in Show went to Gavin Shaw and his exceptional 1970 T/A Challenger. The quickest weekend Mopar achieved a run of 5.9 secs with Marck Hartveld piloting the Voodoo Hemi Superbird. Trophies were awarded by Mopar Demi God Jim Wilson and ably championed by Sylvia Hauser.
TROPHY AWARDS MOPAREURONATS 2019
BEST IN SHOW GAVIN SHAW 1970 T/A CHALLENGER
MOST ORIGINAL MOPAR MARTIN GATHERCOLE 1972 DODGE CHARGER RALLYE
PARTICIPANTS CHOICE GERRY TAYLOR DESOTO ADVENTURER
BEST MODERN MOPAR SIMON BAINBRIDGE DODGE HELLCAT
BEST 1969 CAR ROBERT AND STUART LANE 1969 PLYMOUTH SPORT SATELLITE
BEST HOT ROD LEE MOSES 1955 CHEVY PICK UP TRUCK
CLASSIC AMERICAN HEAT WINNER GAVIN SHAW 1970 T/A CHALLENGER
BEST GM DAN WILLIAMS 1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA
BEST FORD ROY STAPLETON 1969 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1
BEST MUSTANG IAN BRUCE 1970 MUSTANG BOSS 302
BURN OUT KING 2019 WILL FORMOSA 1968 DODGE CHARGER
STEVE DIXON 1974 PLYMOUTH DUSTER
JIM READ 1973 DODGE DART
GUY GLOVER 1969 BUICK RIVIERA
ALAN RIMELL 1973 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA
LEN LUCAS 1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T
MODERN MUSCLE ANDY SMITHER 10.70 secs
STOCK APPEARING GLYNN BIGGS 1968 DODGE CHARGER R/T 13.81 secs
STOCK PRODUCTION JOHN DAVISON 12.50 secs
MODIFIED PRODUCTION ANDY BOZ 11.08 secs
KOS KING OF STREET KIWI 9.89 secs
UNLIMITED KING OF STREET CLIFF TURNER 8.95 secs
FASTEST MOPAR PRO MOD VOODOO HEMI 5.987 secs @ 233.65 mph