Scenes From the Biggest Moparty in the West

December 21st, 2011

Text and Photos by Bob McClurg

Mopars at the Strip 2011 Returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway

It’s called the Biggest Moparty in the west for good reason, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the event’s official home. Last April 8-10, the ninth edition of the Paintermotor.com (http://www NULL.Paintermotor NULL.com)-promoted Mopars at the Strip literally rolled into Sin City with car caravans coming from as far away as Oregon, Texas and Canada. For three whole days Mopar fans were treated to record-breaking runs, as witnessed by Stephen Herbert and his SS/AH Hemi Shootout ‘Cuda’s incredible 8.57-152.93; bumper dragging wheel stands, particularly in the A/FX Nostalgia Super Stock category where there was a big surprise finish; lots of concourse quality Mopars in the car show area; a total of four divisions and 40 classes, like Popular Choice, World’s Ultimate Mopar, Judged and Best of Show/Editor’s Choice; and it all culminated in a parade of champions.

Mopars at the Strip activities also included the MoPower Cruise, a swap meet and manufacturers’ area, the Hotchkis Sport Suspension/Keisler Engineering co-sponsored slalom, a classic car auction and a rockin’ Friday night party at Las Vegas’ Cannery Casino & Hotel. For complete show and go results, you can log onto Moparsatthestrip.com (http://www NULL.Moparsatthestrip NULL.com).

Event sponsors included Indy Cylinder Heads, TTI Performance Exhaust and Headers, Paintermotor.com, Extreme Sportswear, Painter Sun Country Cars, Mancini Racing, Mickey Thompson Tire Co., Mr. Norm’s Garage, Stephens Mopar Performance, Auto Metal Direct, West Motor Co Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Keisler Engineering, Year One, Teton Valley Ranch, Glendora Dodge, Legendary Interiors and Hotchkis Sport Suspension.

MATS-9 also had its share of visiting dignitaries including Bob “Hurst Hemi Under Glass” Riggle, Buddy Martin of Sox & Martin Mopar fame, “Akron Arlen” Vanke, original Ramchargers member/retired Chrysler engineer Tom Cottington, H.L. Shahan and Bill, “Maverick” Golden.

Diane Sox, CEO of the St. Jude’s Hospital-affiliated Ronnie Sox Foundation, was on hand along with Mr. Norm’s Garage primaries Bill Sefton and Mike Staveski to draw the winning number in a year-long charity fundraiser of a Sox & Martin Collector Series Super Street ‘Cuda #1. The lucky winner? Waterloo, Iowa’s Robert Duclos! Now let’s take a closer look.

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