by David Zatz
This year marked the 28th Annual Mopars at Englishtown, a New Jersey car show and drag racing event that was once huge and is now much more modest. has been going on for decades, but it’s had its ups and downs, going from a massive show to something much more modest in recent years. Some remember when the green fields were covered in modern and classic Mopars, even with some antiques; now, they were mainly bare, with just the paved areas, once filled almost entirely by vendors, were sufficient for nearly all the show cars. Still, the show seems to be slowly coming back from its worst years.
The drag racing continued, with long lines of cars waiting to get onto the quarter mile track. The “Annual Mopars at E-Town” show claims to be the East Coast’s largest “all-classic and modern Mopar” (missing anything?) drag race, swap meet, and auto show, conveniently ignoring Carlisle, which admittedly just lost their drag racing facility. The show opened at 9 am.
If you live near Englishtown and/or want to drag race your car, it’s a good show, and the relatively small size does have advantages. There were friendly faces, including Trey Byrum with his Hemi powered Prowler and the Kapral family, and many others showing off their cars to any and all; and I, personally, will remember this as the show where the owner of a fine Road Runner invited me to get inside and see the interior right up close and personal, and then to pose for photos in it. The friendliness still seems to be there, even if the crowds have thinned, and that’s a fine thing.
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