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Connecticut club Mopars in Motion (MiM) kicked off the season with a show hosted by Yankee Harley-Davidson owner Bob LaRoche in Bristol, Connecticut, on May 3, 2009. The club had around 120 members in April, but they are pursuing renewals and hope to be up to 200 members this year.
Entry was free for car owners. MiM members and non-members entered 83 cars and trucks in pursuit of prizes in 16 classes. The event also featured a magic act and pinewood derby for youngsters.
Elegantly restored and refined 1941 Dodge pickup in "Pre-1965" show class, owned by Charles Loss of Preston, CT. Loss was invited to show his truck at MIM's year-end event in which they will feature "Best of 2009" prize-winning show vehicles.
Modified B-Body cars starting with a 1965 Dodge Coronet owned by Patrick Cage of East Hampton.
B-Modifieds in the other direction, starting with GTX owned by Jean Hagan of Bristol. Next in line: '67 Coronet, '70 Superbee, '73 Satellite, '69 Road Runner, '67 GTX . . . and on and on!
Around the corner at the A Stocks!
The A-Stock stable had the Best of Show winner, a 1970 Dodge Dart built and owned by Bill Quealy of Plainville. Quealy's son poses with the car, as rain moves in the afternoon. The Quealys will race the car in 2009 at Lebanon Valley Dragway in West Lebanon, New York.
Early afternoon rain in Bristol doesn't diminish the great features of the Dart's front end by one drop!
Modern factory hotrods at the show were represented by a late-arriving black Chrysler Crossfire and this Viper owned by Bruce Huhlbert of Bristol.
Rare paint scheme on 1971 GTX owned by James Mantzios of Chicopee, MA.
Classic Challenger, owned by Rod Gerard of Vernon.
Dodge Row — Today's Challengers (and Chargers).
Left to right: 1987 Shelby Lancer with 2.2 Intercooled Turbo engine, owned by Jerry Whetzel of Agawam, MA; 2000 Dodge Intrepid ES, Ferenc Osvald, Woolcott, CT; 1986 Dodge Lancer, also with 2.2 Turbo engine, David Van Dusen, East Canaan, CT; 1999 Dodge Neon R/T, Amy Couture, South Windsor, CT.
Left to right: 1970 AMC Rebel, owned by Jean Claude Couture, Bristol; 1970 AMC AMX, Jerry Dembiczak, Salem, CT; 1959 Nash Metropolitan, Roger Nevers, Bristol.
Classic pinewood derby track.
Some Mopars in Motion events in 2009:
SuperCar ShootOut Race Events:
Themed Cruiz-In: Burger King, Route 5-15 Berlin Tpke., Newington, CT, 7-11 p.m.;
May 30, Hemi Night
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