For the 13th year in a row, thousands of car enthusiasts flocked to Torrance, California for the Edelbrock Car Show, held on May 5th, 2018. The annual gathering is a charity event, raising money for the Cruisin’ For A Cure foundation. This year, the Edelbrock Car Show attracted over 300 cars. Out of all the cars entered, a good 38 of them were Mopars, most of them, which were brought by members of South Bay Mopars.
There was an abundance of Plymouth GTXs, Road Runners, and Barracudas. Other cars included a beautiful 1962 Chrysler 300 convertible, and a 1964 Dodge Polara Super Stock, representing the days of the 1960s drag racing boom. Back then, these cars were represented by drivers like Butch Leal, and Al Eckstrand, both who drove Mopars.
Another standout, was a 1969 Dodge Dart GT, which has been in the same family, since the car was purchased new at a dealership in Downey, California. They took delivery of the car on September 10th, 1968. The owner, Stephen Ruiz, can still remember the day his grandfather brought the car home. This particular example was fitted with the Slant-Six engine, and had been restored to factory condition, with the exception of Cragar wheels.
Other examples of Mopar included a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T painted in Go Mango (also called Vitamin C Orange). At the time, these cars were available, in what were known as “High Impact” colors. Some of these colors included Sublime Green (also called Lime Light), Panther Pink (also called Moulin Rouge), and Plum Crazy (also called In Violet). These were some of the more popular colors that were available for Mopars in 1970.
Some of the modern Mopar cars were well represented. Surprisingly, there were a good number of these cars that were being shown at the event. One example in particular was a 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which had been decked out with the classic Hot Wheels logo, and the Hellcat badge mixed together. This particular car recently participated in the Hot Wheels Legends 50th Anniversary Tour and launch event, which was held on April 28th, 2018 at Mattel’s headquarters in El Segundo, California. The car’s owner, Victoria Merrick maintains an Instagram account for her ride.
Overall, the Edelbrock Car Show was a fun event. It was a great turnout for both car owners and enthusiasts. The amount of cars and spectators didn’t disappoint, and was the biggest gathering at this annual event. The rows of cars were impressive. This year’s car show was very exciting, and we can’t wait for this event to happen again for years to come. A big hats off to the folks at Edelbrock to putting on this great event.