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MSHS at Woodward is a Mopar oasis

by Patrick Rall on

This past weekend, the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise was held in Metro Detroit and if you own a Mopar or are simply a Mopar fan, the Modern Street Hemi Shootout area in Loop in Pontiac was the place to be.

The lot was packed to capacity with one and new high performance products from Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Chrysler and Plymouth, as well as the most affordable dynamometer I’ve ever been around, a delicious barbecue buffet and perfect roadside seating to enjoy the rolling car show.

If you attended the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise, we hope that you had a good time, but if you didn’t check out the Modern Street Hemi Shootout parking area in Pontiac, you missed the best spread of Mopars at this year’s event. Dan VanHorn and his huge crowd of drag racers packed the lot in the “loop” portion of Woodward Avenue for the second year in a row and this year was even better than last year.

Over 200 Vehicles

The main attraction of the MSHS lot at the Woodward Dream Cruise was the cars, with well over 200 vehicles lining the many rows of the huge parking lot. We arrived shortly after noon, having spent the morning cruising, and our group of three Challengers were among the final cars to enter the lot.

As we parked in the last remaining spots, the group officially closed the lot. That was a bummer for other Mopar owners hoping to get into the lot, but for those who made it in and those spectators who parked elsewhere and walked over for a look, it meant row upon row of gorgeous modern and classic Mopars lined up.

From muscle cars to pickup trucks to Hemi-powered station wagons, the MSHS parking area at Woodward had a little of everything. Well, it had a little of everything and a whole lot of modern Dodge Challengers and Chargers, with dozens of Hellcats, Demons, Scat Packs, Shakers, Daytonas, T/As and R/Ts in every imaginable color filed into the tightly-packed parking lot.

In short, outside of a Mopar-specific event like the Mopar Nationals, Chryslers at Carlisle or other things like that, the MSHS area at the Dream Cruise had one of the most impressive collections of high performance Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram and Plymouth vehicles that you will find.

Barbecue Buffet

Shortly after noon, the buffet opened, with fresh roast pork in several different varieties, fried chicken, fresh roasted corn on the cob and all of the other fixins’ that you would expect of a summer barbecue, including baked beans, scalloped potatoes, etc. Drinks were also provided with the buffet, with an endless supply to Faygo products keeping everyone hydrated on the hot, sunny day.

I did not get a picture of the buffet, but Nettie Marie’s Photography did and she provided this image of the line at the buffet. The photographer and her husband, Justin McMinn, are Mopar fans and participants in the series, so you can check out tons more pictures from the weekend on her company Facebook page including shots of his 2006 Charger.

Livernois Dyno

Near the entrance to the MSHS parking area, the folks from Livernois Motorsports came out with their mobile dynamometer. It was only $40 for two pulls, which is remarkably inexpensive, and many owners in the parking area took advantage of the deal.

In fact, I jumped on that deal, strapping my 2017 Go ManGo Hellcat Challenger to the rollers to see what she makes at the wheels. On a humid, 85-degree day, my car made 644 horsepower and 615 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels – numbers with which I am very happy. You can watch video of my car on the dyno below.

However, the numbers for my stock Hellcat paled in comparison to some of the racers from the series who took advantage of the crazy-cheap dyno pulls. Dan VanHorn’s Hellcat Charger made over 1,030 rear wheel horsepower and Jon Deter’s Jeep made 915 horsepower and 1,044 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. You can watch the Jeep make its big run below.

I don’t know for sure that Dan VanHorn and the Modern Street Hemi Shootout group will be populating this parking lot for the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise, but if they do – every Mopar fan will want to make sure to stop by and see what has become the biggest, best and highest performance Mopar area at the cruise.


Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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