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Mopars at Englishtown

by David Zatz on

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Englishtown Raceway Park has been hosting annual Mopar show-and-race events for decades; though the event has gone from two days down to one, and the snowfield has shrunk, and the number of vendors is nowhere near what it was, the show remains fairly popular. It’s no Carlisle, but it’s still quite a show — partly thanks to the drag strip, which from 10 am to 1 pm is open to anyone (okay, all Mopars) for time trials, and then goes into eliminations.

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Once there were numerous vendors, but the pickings were sparse this year, probably partly because of the weather — rain kept threatening to come, but instead cloud cover and cool breezes made this one of the most pleasant Englishtowns in memory, at least for weather.

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The usual suspects showed up on the snowfield, which has recovered in strength since our last visit. We saw many modified Rams, a scattering of modified Jeeps, and a large number of modified modern Challengers, Chargers, and 300s. We even saw Trey Byrum with his Hemi-powered Plymouth Prowler.

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While none of the pre-war cars were there, the 1950s were represented (barely), and the early 1960s were also there, with a lone Chrysler 300 and a decent number of Darts, Valiants, Furys, and such. But most of the cars were muscle from the mid-1960s through 1971.

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The lines for the drag strip were long and constant, but many people, including members of the National Chrysler Products Club, Slant Six Club, New York Mopars, and other local and national groups, were  there for the show field; and the spectator lot was crowded. The Englishtown Mopar show lives on.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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