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Mopar Spring Festival of LX at Pomona, California


Words and photos by Darr Hawthorne

The 14th Mopar Spring Festival of LX gathered at historic Auto Club Raceway over the March 22-24 weekend, bringing together owners of modern Dodge and Chrysler vehicles. In addition to the stately Chrysler 300 and sporty Dodge Chargers, Magnums, Challengers, Demons and Hellcats, Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos were all welcome.


Southern California heard the call and according to event promoters, grabbed the attention of 1,800-plus pre-entries. Certainly, the chance to race down the famed Pomona, CA, quarter mile was important to many, but the bulk of entrants were there to experience the lifestyle of today’s Mopar brand.


Vinyl graphics, big brakes, big wheels and tires, LED lighting and graphics were everywhere, but clearly more than any other current automobile brand, Chrysler has a direct connection to their car owners.

On the dragstrip a couple of hundred 10- and 11-second street machines had a blast and the huge Pomona grandstands held a couple of hundred enthusiastic and cheering Mopar fans.

Most of those enthusiasts knew the difference when a killer black Jeep Cherokee with a parachute staged on what looked like a sub-9-second pass.

A few vintage Mopar examples from the nearby Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum were on display as well as one of the famous Hurst “Hemi Under Glass” Barracudas and a new version of the “Little Red Wagon.”

The event even brought out wheel-standing pioneer “Wild Bill” Shrewsberry who drove one of the original Hurst wheelstanders, the “LA Dart” and the Knott’s Berry Wagon.

The small display of classic Mopars was dwarfed by the attention for the Dodge performance thrill ride with a professional driver. The ride-along attracted block-long lines for the Official Dodge Garage show, a centerpiece of action.


The next big Mopar show on the West Coast is the Muscle Cars at the Strip at Las Vegas on April 26-28. That event will feature the Pony Car Wars for Dodge Challengers, Cobra Jet Mustangs, and COPO Camaros along with autocross, car show, drag racing, a swap meet and another great celebration of modern and vintage muscle cars.   




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