Gallery: Mopars Invade Belvidere, Illinois


For the past 29 years, Mopars have invaded Belvidere, Illinois; well more than usual. The FCA Belvidere Production plant keeps churning out Mopar products, currently producing Jeep Cherokees. The Mopars that invade are usually of the vintage variety.

Starting off at the Belvidere plant 29 years ago, the show eventually outgrew the space that was available and moved just down the road to the Boone County Fairgrounds. There the show has blossomed into a two-day event. Both days there is a swap meet, music going, food vendors, and even Mr. Norm of Grand Spaulding Dodge on hand selling his wares and signing anything in front of him!

The show is broken up over the two days, you can still bring anything, but the arrangement is different. Saturday is the Midwest Charger Gathering of all years Chargers, and opposite that is the Modern Mopar Meet, both of which have strong showings. On Sunday is when everything is open. There are 50 Classes, with at least 3 awards per class, as well as Best of Show, Best Modified, etc.

Ever since I got into Muscle Cars, and specifically Mopars, I have never missed a Belvidere show. It’s one of the biggest shows of the year for Mopars in the Midwest. There are always new and interesting cars there to view. Many of the people involved are now friends for years. Even over the two days, I run out of time to be able to see everything and everyone.

This year, a few notable standouts were the freshly restored 1970 Plymouth GTX by Noel Automotive in West Branch, Iowa and Magnum Restoration came over with a survivor 1968 Dodge Polara 500 convertible with only 24,000 original miles.

My personal favorite though was the 1969 Dodge Polara stationwagon that was the old ServPro work vehicle, and has that awesome patina as though it hasn’t been touched since. There is always something popping up there out of the blue, I highly recommend attending.

Dodge Polara Station Wagon 1970 Plymouth Superbuird 1970 Plymouth Duster 1971 Dodge Dart 1966 Dodge Coronet 1962 Dodge Max Wedge Polara 1967 Dodge Charger 1967 Dodge Coronet Dodge Panel Van Dodge Power Wagon Plymouth Pickup Dodge Warlock 13 Dodge Pickup 1972 Plymouth Road Runner 1977 Dodge Charger 1971 Plymouth GTX 1970 Dodge Daytona Charger 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger 1970 Plymouth AAR 'Cuda 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda 1971 Dodge Challenger 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda 1973 Dodge Challenger 1970 Dodge Challengers 1972 Plymouth 'Cuda 1971 Dodge Charger R/T Jeep CJ7 Dodge Omni GLH 1971 Plymouth GTX 1977 Dodge Charger Daytona 1968 Dodge Charger 1969 Dodge Charger 500 Hemi 1970 Plymouth GTX 1970 Plymouth AAR 'Cuda 1970 Dodge Super Bee 1969 1/2 Dodge Super Bee A12 1971 Plymouth Duster 340 Plymouth Valiant 1969 Dodge Dart 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T 1969 Dodge Coronet 1971 Chrysler 300 1970 Chrysler 300 Chrysler 300H Plymouth Sport Fury Station Wagon 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona Dodge Charger Dodge Challenger Hellcat Dodge Magnum SRT8 1968 Dodge Polara
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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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