Mega Mopar Action Series – Extra Coverage
FLORIDA FUN FEST – Palm Beach 2015
Deck It was Mopar vs. Ford at PBIR
By Bill Woods
Photos by TheBruntBros
Palm Beach International Raceway did it different this yearÂ—the Mega Mopar Action Series event, that is. The track combined the Mopar show with their fun Ford Weekend, and they threw in some Chevys for good measure. Good thing they drew the line at Yugos. So in effect, it was Mopar vs. Ford vs. Chevy for an all-American slugfest on the track and show fest on the road course where the shiny metal was parked. This put the show folks in close proximity with the dragstrip so they could conveniently enjoy the action while keeping tabs on their pride and joy parked close by.
The track booked in some nostalgia front-engine dragsters to spice up the action. The only other attraction was Samantha RussellÂ—a really good band that belted out the tunes. The band stage was set up away from the car show/race activity and, unfortunately, played mostly to an empty spectator area. Pity, a lot of talent that went for naught. We caught a few tunes and clapped as hard as we could to show our appreciation and lift the bandÂ’s spirits. Also on display was the Bigfoot Monster truck The Mopar crowd was hoping it would crush some Chevys, but no luck.
Turnout-wise, the vast majority of Mopars on the show field were late model Challengers, classic iron stayed parked in their ownerÂ’s garage. In quarter-mile competition, None of the Mopars made it to any of the final rounds, it was basically Fords and Chevys.
Maybe next year.
Not for sale was this Â’97 Miata hopped up with a Â’90 302-inch Ford. The frame is stiffened, thereÂ’s a coilover suspension, big brakes and rear adjustable control arms. Owner, John Dunham says the Mazda has a 48/52 weight distribution for good handling.