Milodon’s ’69 Dodge Charger Runs Wheelstanding 8.57 Pass at MATS

If you’re going to talk the talk, you better be able to walk the walk is how the saying goes, and Mopar enthusiasts are apt to sniff out which companies are truly walking the walk. At last weekend’s Musclecars at The Strip, the team at Milodon brought out its dual-turbo 540ci alcohol-injected project car, an all-steel 1969 Dodge Charger to make a few passes.

The back-halved, big tire Charger wrinkled up the sidewalls and launched down the track, clicking off several single-digit passes, including a best-for-the-weekend 8.57-seconds. Although this would be plenty enough for most folks, Milodon‘s President Steve Morrison (and owner/driver of the Charger) hinted that there was a lot left in the car.

Morrison told Mopar Connection Magazine, “So after 7 years, the Milodon Charger reappeared at Las Vegas [Musclecars at The Strip] race last weekend. [I] got 6 passes in. This [picture was taken during] the second pass and we were still sorting it out. On this run it lifted an additional 3 feet and did not land well but finished the pass at 8.57.

“The key point here is that I built an all steel car (except for a fiberglass hood) with factory glass with power windows to relate to customers as a real steel, license-plated street car. But the car just happens to run 8.40 at 162mph on the track. It also leaves very hard as can be seen.

“For over a dozen years, my whole family has run that race. Both [of] my daughters run their new Chargers as well as my girlfriend that ran a 2023 Charger Redeye Jailbreak. My daughters regularly run with the LA Sheriff’s Department cars at the Winter Nationals at Pomona too.

“Racing what we build keeps us in touch with our customers so we can relate, take input and design better parts.”

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching Mopar Connection Magazine. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story. He's also the co-author of "The Chrysler B-Body Restoration Guide."

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