On Sunday, July 9th, Mopar Connection Magazine attended the 26th 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, if not, the biggest Mopar show in Western Canada.
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! The show usually plays host to anywhere between 250-to-400 cars. Almost every year, the show has been treated with exceptionally good weather!
The past two years have been patchy weather wise to say the least with local weather stations calling for showers on the days of the show. While it luckily didn’t rain very much at all the past two years, you could tell some people had been scared off as show numbers were slightly down from previous years. This year however, local weather stations called for hot and sunny weather. We crossed our fingers it stayed that way and hoped for a much better turn out!
While the sun and hot weather came just as promised, we noticed the numbers were slightly down in some of the classes, especially in the modern Challenger and classic 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 have started to decline. In our opinions, this year was the worst turnout for E-bodies so far, 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” to our knowledge. There were also two convertible E-bodies entered in the convertible class and a ’71 ‘Cuda entered in “Special Interest” for some reason. While there were also quite a few E-bodies in the parking lot, many just didn’t bother to enter.
On a more positive note, it seemed A-body, B-body and C-body numbers were up which was a huge bonus! The show featured over a dozen of each platform, giving show attendees plenty of shiny Mopar metal to check out.
This year’s show also featured two or three 1970 Super Birds as well as a T7 Bronze 440-powered 1969 Charger 500! Mopar Madness is an always evolving show with this year presenting the addition of more classes aimed towards attracting more of the modern Mopar crowd. It’s a show we at Mopar Connection Magazine have marked on our calendars year after year and one we will never miss!