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Jet cars whooshed it up pretty good—a real crowd pleaser—at both the 2013 and 2014 Mega Mopar Action shows.

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Mopars storm the Sunshine State at Palm Beach International Raceway. Here are photo highlights and car show and race results from the 2013 and 2014 events.

By Bill Woods

Photos by TheBurntBros

PALM BEACH INT’L RACEWAY – 2014 Show Car Winners

PALM BEACH INT’L RACEWAY – 2013 Race / Show Winners

Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, Florida is one of the only facilities in the country that can host drag racing, road racing and karting. It’s a great facility with a well-prepped track. So it was a perfect venue for the Mega Mopar Action Series to show off some Pentastar power in the Sunshine State. There was a good turnout of show and racecars, plus attention-grabbing jet car and wheelstander exhibition runs. A great variety of outstanding Mopes showed up with the late models outnumbering the classic muscle. First-time turnout (2013) was good, with the numbers improving for the 2014 event.


Forget about being henpecked, it’s nowhere close to being storkpecked. These track mascots are trained pickpockets so hang on to your wallet.

 


Racing was hot and heavy with late-models mixing it up with the classics crowd.

 


Best of Show at the 2013 event went to Sherwin Kiesshauer and his 1965 Coronet A/FX. His 426-inch Hemi pumps out an estimated 610 HP with the help of a 6-71 Mooney blower feeding Weber carbs.

 


Moose Magnolia took a win in Modified in 2013 with his 2001 PT Cruiser—yeah, they still show up at events. He also copped the Mopar Action award for the Mopar that best resembled a moose.

 


Steve Spector copped the 2013 show Best Interior award in his modified ’71 Cuda convertible.

 


Homer Hall dressed his ’70 Barracuda into AAR clothes and dropped in 426 Max Wedge power. Neat machine.

 


Todd Kimelman took a Stock win with his 1988 Dodge Shelby CSX-T—a car that Shelby built for the Thrifty rental fleet.

 


The late-model Mopes outnumbered the classics on the showfield.

 


Joe Szczepaniak took a Gld award with his Sublime green ’70 Charger R/T. Joe bought the car off Moparts 13 years ago for $1450. The previous owner said the car was a nice driver but would never be a show car. Joe obviously proved him wrong. The factory built 394 Sublime ’70 Charger R/Ts. Joe believes that his is the only one remaining that wears this color combo.

 


We really liked Brian Hermany’s ’49 Dodge Wayfarer that won a Gold award. Brian traded an enclosed motorcycle trailer for the car and did all the work, including paint himself. He hand-fab’d the visor by beating it over a buck. Drivetrain is 318/904/9-1/4” w/ 2.73 Sure-Grip. Master power disc brakes are fitted to the original spindles. The cool brake pedal is the original “Dodge” emblem off the decklid. The interior is out of an ’85 Diplomat while the steering column with Tuff wheel and gauges are from an ’89 D350 truck. A/C and power window controls are set in the custom console. Front turn signals are ’68 Charger while taillights are ’57 Harley. The outside mirror is ’95 Volvo ($10). Brian says he has about $500 in his ride.

 


Plenty of dragstrip action at both events kept the race fans happy.

 


Late models outnumbered the “classics” at the 2013 show.

 


All the happy car show award winners (2014).

 


Harry LaPlatte, Jr. showed up with a plastic facsimile of a 426 Hemi in celebration fo the Hemi’s 50th anniversary. Looked real enough to fool everyone. He had a photo of his father’s ’64 A864 Hemi Savoy racecar with Don Garlits at the Dick Moroso Memorial show in 2008. Another photo shows a closeup of the car which ran 11.01 in ’64-’66 when the record was 11.07.

 


Best of Show (2014) went to Joe Valenza and his modified 1964 273/4-speed Dodge Dart GT convertible.

 


Nostalgia race fans got a charge out of Gordon DiBattisto Jr. (Gordy D)’s front-engine Hilborn-injected alcohol dragster.

 


Another hit in the Pro-Show exhibition category was the wheelstanding “Hulk” pickup.

 


John Pimino’s smallblock 4-speed ’62 Dodge Lancer stood out in the show field and made some hot laps down the track.

 


Late models get a suntan against a background of tire smoke.

 


Art Warren trotted out his Richard Petty Charger tribute car that’s faithful in exterior appearance. He originally installed a NASCAR motor but switched over to a 340. He found the Charger on a truck that was taking the car to the scrapyard and bought it off the driver for $300. He raced the car in stock trim in ’76-’77, 80-’83 and competed in the last race at Palm Beach Fairgrounds starting 10th and finishing 16th. The tribute charger was completed in 2011.

 


Aubry Engle’s ’06 Charger with underhood mods.

 


Of all the late model aftermarket wheels, this set on John Barnaby’s ’08 Charger, got the most attention.

 


One of the judging staff earning his keep.

 


A few of the “classic Mopes on display.

 


Charles Ferrendi’s ’70 Super Bee tore up the track and Englishtown back in the day collecting a boatload of Win stickers in the process.

 


Gene Dickerson copped “Best Traffic Light Combo Engine Compartment” (green and red—a brand new class) with his ’72 Challenger. He would have lost to Joe Smelnik who has a greed, yellow and red compartment, but Joe broke down on the road and couldn’t make the show. Unlucky for Joe but lucky for Gene.

 


One of our favorites at the ’14 show was Pete Fischer’s ’68 GTX packing an ’05 SRT10 Viper engine. Neat job, and soon to run as a full feature in an upcoming issue.


MEGA MOPAR ACTION – PALM BEACH INT’L RACEWAY – 2014 Show Car Winners

JUDGED CLASSES

MOPAR 1960 – 1969 – STOCK
OUTSTANDING: Paul Grasso, Stuart FL1965 Valiant
WINNER: Brian Hermany, West Palm Beach FL1964 Fury III

MOPAR 1960 – 1969 – MODIFIED
OUTSTANDING: Larry Maura, Palm Beach Gardens FL1965 Barracuda
WINNER: Luc Viau, West Palm Beach FL1966 Fury

MOPAR 1970 – 1979 – STOCK
WINNER: Rollin Maycumber, Hollywood FL1970 Barracuda AAR

MOPAR 1970 – 1979 – MODIFIED
OUTSTANDING: Charles Ferrendi, Boca Raton FL1970 Super Bee
WINNER: Bruce Roberts, West Palm Beach FL1971 Demon 340

MOPAR 2000 – 2008 – STOCK
OUTSTANDING: Don Concepcion, Sunrise FL2006 Chrysler 300 SRT
WINNER: Carmine Crudele, Plantation FL2006 Chrysler 300

MOPAR 2000 – 2008 – MODIFIED
WINNER: Ryan Ludwick, Coral Springs FL 2006 Magnum

MOPAR 2009 – PRESENT – STOCK
OUTSTANDING: Michael Saveriano, Daytona Beach FL2009 Challenger SRT8
WINNER: Don Pavlik, Boca Raton FL2014 Challenger RT

MOPAR 2009 – PRESENT – MODIFIED
OUTSTANDING: John Milano, Palm City FL2010 Challenger
WINNER: Tracy Raffine, Tamarac FL2014 Challenger Shaker

CHALLENGER 1958 – 1983 – STOCK
WINNER: Lanestrim Shop, Stuart FL1970 Challenger

CHALLENGER 1958 – 1983 – MODIFIED
WINNER: Gene Dickerson, Jupiter FL1972 Challenger

CHALLENGER 2008 – 2011 – STOCK
OUTSTANDING: Kristofer Lahti, Greenacres FL2009 Challenger
WINNER: Brian Mahar, Plantation FL2011 Challenger

CHALLENGER 2008 – 2011 – MODIFIED
OUTSTANDING: David Cordone, Pompano Beach FL2010 Challenger
WINNER: Clint Mason, Cadjoe Key FL2011 Challenger

CHALLENGER 2012 – PRESENT – STOCK
OUTSTANDING: Alex Archer, Coral Springs FL2014 Challenger
WINNER: Vicki Barnhouse, N. Lauderdale FL2014 Challenger Shaker

CHALLENGER 2012 – PRESENT – MODIFIED
OUTSTANDING: Barry Stowart, Pembroke Pines FL2014 Challenger
WINNER: William Calabrese, Davie FL2012 Challenger

CHARGER EARLY MODEL 1958 – 1983 – MODIFIED
WINNER: Art Warren, Palm Beach Gardens FL1973 Charger

CHARGER LATE MODEL 2006 – PRESENT – STOCK
OUTSTANDING: Anthony Lingwai, Coral Springs FL2014 Charger
WINNER: Aubrey Engle, Coconut Creek FL2006 Charger

CHARGER LATE MODEL 2006 – PRESENT – MODIFIED
OUTSTANDING: Pierre Descartes, Pembroke Park FL2006 Charger
WINNER: Justin Barnaby, Lauderhill FL 2008 Charger

SPECIAL INTEREST MOPAR
WINNER: Henry Agee, Vero Beach FL1973 AMC Gremlin

TRUCKS – ALL YEARS – STOCK
WINNER: Walter Goldscheck, Coral Springs FL2005 RAM

TRUCKS – ALL YEARS – MODIFIED
WINNER: Alan Ardo, Pembroke Pines FL2005 RAM Rumble Bee
WINNER: Zack Rinehart, Palm City FL2013 JEEP SRT8

SPECIALTY AWARDS

BEST ENGINE: Thomas Episcopo, Jupiter FL1970 Barracuda
BEST INTERIOR: Chuck Vance, Wellington FL1970 Challenger
BEST PAINT: T. Newbauer, Cudjoe Key FL2010 Challenger SRT
BEST IN SHOW: Joe Valenza, Vero Beach FL1964 Dart Convertible
CLUB PARTICIPATION: Florida Mopar Connection


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