On Sunday, July 8th, Mopar Connection Magazine attended the 27th 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!
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 including a stunning F8 Green 2018 SRT Demon and a handful of Chargers, 300s and Magnums. 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 show organizers usually get treated to good weather on the day of the show, with weather usually being sunny and hot! While the 2015 and 2016 shows had some patchy weather, this year’s event as well as last years were treated to some fantastic weather. While it luckily didn’t rain very much at all for the 2015 and 2016 shows, you could tell some people had been scared off as show numbers were slightly down from previous years before that. Last year however, local weather stations called for hot and sunny weather.
While the sun and hot weather came just as promised, we noticed the numbers were 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 have started to decline. Last year 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. This year however seemed to be on the up and up. The E-bodies turned out in good numbers with examples ranging from a couple highly modified ‘Cudas with Hemis stuffed in them to an original R-Code 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda with just over 7,000 original miles on it! You may recognize this one as we were told it was purchased at the January Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction for $192,500 US!
Besides the higher number of E-bodies, A and B-bodies also seemed to be out in bigger numbers this year as well! Mopar Madness is an always evolving show with this year with classes constantly changing to attract more and a bigger variety of Mopars. 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!