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Easily one of the most popular--and prolific--entries at Monster Mopar XXII was the magnificent four-door ‘60 Belvedere Sedan of Al Wilson. Equipped with the “long ram” twin four-barrel Sonoramic Commando 383, the two-ton Tennessee terror scored a runner-up in Saturday’s six-round A&A Transmission Street Eliminator to Ted Mayhue’s Demon and went three more rounds in the same division on Sunday. Running 14.0s at over 97 mph, Wilson’s own monster Mopar runs as good in stock trim as any of these beasts ever did and rightfully so; Wilson is globally acknowledged as the last word in the history and restoration of this particular body style.

Combined with a massive Mopar-oriented manufacturers midway and an equally impressive swap meet, MM events also traditionally feature Mopar dignitaries. This year’s Grand Marshall was famed Direct Connection team driver Judy Lilly, whose drag racing career spanned four decades in everything from stockers to monstrous SS/AA Hemi ‘Cudas to Pro Stock Dodges and who, most recently, was inducted into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame. To the delight of both fans and
racers, she made several runs in a specially built SharaDon Performance 2005 Dodge Ram Super Bee which clocked effortless twelve-second elapsed times.

In the quickest and fastest of the drag racing categories contested, MM regular attendee Greg Jacobsmeyer once again earned the laurels in the Nostalgia Funny Car division, running deep into the six-second zone with his well-known ‘71 Challenger FC on a career-high 80 percent load of nitromethane.

Randy Spurgeon’s wedge-powered ‘65 Belvedere shows the world how a leaf spring suspension is supposed to work during a bout with John Rousset’s ‘63 Savoy during the opening round of SS/B Class Eliminations.

For several editions, Monster Mopar Weekend has incorporated the sport’s largest gathering of nostalgia Super Stockers and, in conjunction with the Nostalgia Super Stock Association, has permitted all marques of factory muscle cars to compete for the MM NSS title. This season, the battle, (which, for all intents and purposes, is now considered the National Championship of NSS racing), the program was renamed the Dave Duell Classic in honor of the passing of the NSS movement’s greatest proponent. No less than 65 entries filled the staging lanes for Saturday’s class eliminations with 63 making the call for the eliminator title on Sunday. In a bit of irony, Chris Schneider of Jefferson City, Missouri, not only won the event but saved face for the hardcore Mopar audience. In the final round, Schneider’s immaculate wedge-powered silver SS/B ‘65 Belvedere ousted renowned Ford engineer Kurt Neighbor’s A/FX ‘65 Comet to win the huge $5,000 winner’s purse and, simultaneously, preclude the worst possible horror...a Ford winning Monster Mopar Weekend!

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