Gallery: Mopar or No Car Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway

The seventh annual Mopar or No Car Nationals was held at Beaver Springs Dragway in Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania, on May 31st and June 1st. On Friday, the drivers could get as many runs as they desired during the test-n-tune session. After dialing in their vehicles, the racers were ready for the main event on Saturday.

As has been the tradition over the last few years, the bracket classes are broken down into Hi-Po Mopar, running 11.99 seconds or quicker; Cool Mopar, running 12.00 seconds or slower; and Modern Mopar for 1992 and newer Mopars. The three classes used a .500 full tree and competed on the ¼-mile.

A fourth class, called Pro Mopar, was comprised of the quickest eight cars pulled from the Hi-Po Mopar class. The eight vehicles were put on a ladder and run heads up, leaving off a .400 pro tree and running an 1/8-mile. The four first-round losers of the Pro Mopar class would have a free entry back into the second round of Hi-Po Mopar.

Beaver Springs Zoo Crew, Surplus City, and Kaiser Brothers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Muncy and Danville, PA, sponsored the drag racing and car show.

Tim Riggleman’s 1991 Dodge Daytona, a true powerhouse, dominated the event with the quickest and fastest runs. He blazed through the ¼-mile in a staggering 7.8206 seconds at 173.81 mph, securing the top spot in the Pro Mopar qualifier. In the finals, Riggleman’s skill and speed were unmatched, leaving Jeff Bartholomew’s Daytona in the dust with a 5.070 at 138.50 mph to a 5.469 at 127.99 mph (1/8-mile).

The Hi-Po Mopar class was a six-round eliminator. In the finals, it was multi-time track champion Bob Klock in his 1973 Challenger and Brad Hake with his Dakota pickup. Klock had the advantage at the three with a .018 reaction time, but Hake was right there with him, posting a .022. At the finish line, Hake’s win light came on. He ran two over his dial while Klock ran four over.

The final of Cool Mopar pitted last year’s winner, Dave Weaver, in his 1971 Charger and Duane Troup wheeling his 1975 Dart Swinger. The race was over at the tree when Troup was a bit too aggressive, which resulted in a -.025 red light. Weaver legged it through running a 12.67 on a 12.70 dial.

In the fifth round of Modern Mopar, John White hit the tree with a solid .012. His Challenger ran a 13.74 on a 13.71 dial. In his Charger, Kevin Fahey broke out with a 12.66 on a 12.68 dial, attempting to run down White’s Challenger.

With each passing year, the Mopar or No Car Nationals continue to expand, so for next year, be sure to circle the first weekend of June and come out and compete with some of the best Mopars in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Final Round Results
Pro Mopar (1/8th mile)    Dial               RT     ET         MPH     Car
Winner – Tim Riggleman Heads Up   .035   5.070   138.50   Daytona
R/U – Jeff Bartholomew   Heads Up   .070   5.469   127.99   Daytona

Hi-Po Mopar (1/4 mile)
Winner – Brad Hake           11.15         .022  11.173    112.14   Dakota
R/U – Bob Klock                  11.26         .018  11.301    113.15   Challenger

Cool Mopar (1/4 mile)
Winner – Dave Weaver      12.70         .035  12.673   105.49  Charger
R/U – Duane Troup            13.10        -.025  13.035  102.65  Dart Swinger

Modern Mopar
Winner – John White         13.71          .012  13.742    96.98   Challenger
R/U – Kevin Fahey             12.68         .054  12.664   104.72   Charger

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Chris Holley

Technical Contributor Chris has been a college professor for 26 years; at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. for the last 21 years. Chris instructs automotive classes in HVAC, electrical/electronics, and high-performance, including using a chassis dyno, flow benches, and various machining equipment. Recently, he added a vintage vehicle upholstery class to his teaching assignments. Chris owns a '67 Dart, a '75 Dart, a '06 Charger, and a '12 Cummins turbo diesel Ram, and he is a multi-time track champion (drag racing) with his '69 340 Dart, which he has owned for 35 years.

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