OCCUPY COLUMBUS – Mopar Action Article Extra
The 31st running of the Mopar Nationals in Columbus, OH was just like the 30th annual running of the Mopar Nationals in Columbus—only wetter. But the raindrops did manage to hold off until the very end of the drag race program. Mopar Action’s booth was a big draw despite the absence of rubber chickens for Mo’fans signing up for the best Mo’mag on the planet. Our lookalike stand-in for Rick Ehrenberg fooled most of show goers, but many walked away from the booth shaking their heads after a load of double-talk in answer to their tech questions. Hey, you want real tech? Buy the magazine. But the stand-in was pretty good at guessing people’s weight (within 100 lbs. most of the time).
‘Course there was more to the Nats than the Mopar Action booth (hard to believe, we know) with its cast of characters. Take the drag racing, for instance. Or take the car show. How about the Survivors tent or the swapmeet or car corral. The list goes on and on and on. Attendance overall was pretty strong although down slightly from last year. Hey what isn’t down from last year?
Todd Werner and Denny guest of South Oak Dodge fielded displays of historically significant vintage race cars–preservers of the Mopar heritage. The honored marque this year wasn’t Ehrenberg as he had been expecting, but the Plymouth Duster. All incarnations of the Duster were well represented from the ’70 A-body all through the alphabet to F (Volare) and L (Tourismo) to P (Sundance). Appropriately, the top-scoring Mope in OE Certification (a Gold winner) and Best of Show was a 1970 318 Duster (much to the consternation of the judged six-packs and Hemis) meticulously restored by Mike Mancini of American Muscle Car Restorations.
Words can’t do the Nats justice as photos, which make it a lot easier on our vocabulary-challenged staff. So here you go (now, if they didn’t have to write captions…)