Gallery: 20th Annual Mopars on the Mississippi Show and Cruise


Just another normal adventure. Decided last minute to run out to Dubuque for the 20th Annual Mopars on the Mississippi Show and Cruise night. Saturday I raced out there along beautiful Route 20, going through some of more scenic drives in Illinois through small towns and neat throwback city Galena. Got there just in time for the Saturday Cruise Night at the fairgrounds.

In the past there had been a cruise along the river or through the countryside, unfortunate the county changed the cruising requirements to such an extent that they had to stop doing them all together. Now they did a nice cruise night at the show location. There was a bunch of cool cars, vendors already setup and selling. It was a good time all the way around.

Sunday August 28th rolled around and things sure got hopping. Other than the disappointment that my ritual Perkins breakfast while in Dubuque was cancelled because it was a Chick-Fil-A now, I was in good spirits. This was the last Mopar show for the Chicagoland Mopar Connection or CMC for the year. Which was another sad point to the day, but what a great way to end the season!

You cruise on into the fairgrounds and you are already inundated with tons of Mopars. Literally, everywhere you turned, there was nothing but awesome Mopars. And the weather was just near perfect. It was a bit on the warmer side, but there was a breeze running through the place, so you didn’t sweat… much. You didn’t really notice as you walked the rows of awesome cars.

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The quality of the cars there was not surprising, but appreciated. There was a bunch of original A12 cars and restored. There was a real clean ’70 Superbird, as well as an original owner 1966 Plymouth Satellite with a Hemi. Over in the swap was a original ’70 GTX that looked fresh out of the barn.

There was a little bit of everything there for people. The modern Mopars came in force, presenting at least 50 cars. And from my rough count there was over 250 cars at the event total! It was a really great time and an incredible journey there and back. I recommend this show to anyone I talk too!

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Ryan Brutt

Ryan is an automotive journalist from Chicago with a pair of Challengers (a '70 and a '09). Normally, in Ryan's free time (which is a lot), he drives around the country documenting old cars in their unrestored condition - also known as "Barn Finds." But he also writes about any sort of cool cars out there.

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