On Sunday, July 14th, we attended the 28th Annual Mopar Madness show in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Usually held on the second weekend of July every year and put on by the Vancouver chapter of the Mopars Unlimited Car club, it’s proudly known as one of, if not, the biggest Mopar show in Western Canada. As far as car shows go, this is a must attend event for us! In fact, we actually book our vacation time around it and haven’t missed a show since 2005.
The show has always attracted a very strong showing of classic Mopars, especially A- and B-body examples. Since around 2005 or so, it has also attracted a very high number of modern Mopars as well! This year brought out over a dozen modern Challengers in all colours and a ton of Chargers, 300s and Magnums as well; both stock and modified. Almost every year, the show has been treated with exceptionally good weather! The show organizers usually get treated to good weather on the day of the show, with weather usually being sunny and hot! While the weather wasn’t the greatest a few years back, it’s been consistently good the past few years.
During the past few years, we’ve noticed the numbers have been slightly down in some of the classes, especially the E-body classes. When we first started attending this show back in 2005, there were rows upon rows of E-body Challengers and ‘Cudas. Since around 2012, the numbers of E-bodies showing up started to decline. 2017 had the worst turnout for E-bodies, with only two Challengers in “E-body Dodge stock,” two Challengers in “E-body Dodge modified and three ‘Cudas in “E-body Plymouth Modified.” Not a single one was entered in “E-body Plymouth Stock” which was very surprising.
Last year however seemed to be on the up and up as E-bodies started to turn out in good numbers. This year’s show had by far the best showing of E-bodies in a long time with basically the entire E-body section being packed with a lot of beautiful examples! On top of that, A-bodies and B-bodies showed up in higher numbers as well and the modern Charger/300/Magnum classes had their best showings to date! A lot of the classes were packed this year which we were very happy to see as it keeps the strong momentum of this show going; even after 28 years! Overall, 218 cars registered and attended this year.
One of our favorite cars was a father and son built ’69 Charger “General Lee”. The car was owned by the 18 year old son and his love and passion for the car got him the “Young Guns 25 & Under” award. It’s always cool to see the younger generation get into these cars!
If you live anywhere in Western Canada or the Pacific Northwest of the United States, you have to come to this show at least once. It’s a show we at Mopar Connection Magazine have marked on our calendars year after year and one we will never miss! We already can’t wait for next year’s event!