Gallery: Mopar Madness at Maple Grove Raceway

On October 12, 2019, the Mopar Madness event was held at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA. The car count was down slightly from last year. Likely, the cooler weather with only occasional sun, and a threat of rain in the area hurt the turnout. The single-day Mopar event had ¼-mile drag racing and test-n-tune fun run passes for those not interested in competition. The Delaware Valley Mopar Association hosted the car show, which had sixteen different classes. For those looking for deals, there was also a swap meet area.

The drag racing show was broken down into five exciting classes, which included bracket 1 (Super Pro/Electronics), bracket 2 (Pro/Foot Brake), DOT/Street, late-model Hemi (LMH) engine class, and Mopar vs. The World (Pro Dial). The bracket 1 and 2 and the Mopar vs. The World classes were dominated by ‘race only’ prepared cars, while the LMH class cars were true street cars driven to the track. The late-model LX/LD platforms outnumbered all the other class cars. There were Chargers and Challengers running from the 8-second zone (race-prepped) to the 13-second zone.

Just like the drag cars on the track, the late-model cars dominated the car show. The modern class was the most popular of all the classes. Nearly half of all the car show vehicles were the LX/LD platform. There were all the years of the late-model Chargers and Challengers represented, and they covered all the colors of the rainbow. If the early Detroit iron was more your preference, there were plenty of A-bodies, B-bodies, E-bodies, and even a few C-bodies on the raceway grounds.

Be sure to check Maple Grove Raceway’s 2020 schedule, which will be posted early next year. Once you find the date, mark your calendar, and we will see you at the Grove.

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Chris Holley

Technical Contributor Chris has been a college professor for 25 years; at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. for the last 20 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 34 years.

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