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Dean Sox was on hand with his big-inch tribute car to his dad Ronnie. Testing a new engine out, Sox made Rockingham look like it did 35 years when the old man was still in a Plymouth Pro Stocker.

Words by Geoff Stunkard - Photos by Geoff and John Stunkard -

For the first time in several years the annual Mopars at the Rock event at Rockingham Dragway got hammered by the weather forecast and a couple of showers, but that didn’t keep the Mopar faithful from flocking to the annual event at Steve Earwood’s facility in the rolling terrain of North Carolina.

As in past years, the Port City Mopar Club played a big role in making the show field a success. Led by Tom Leasure and the crew of volunteers, the club laid out the areas for the show fields and managed to complete the judging before the rain began, then spent over an hour in the intermittent downpours giving away trophies. As always, the cars that came to Rockingham were of high quality, and the people who didn’t listen to the Weather Channel guys still ended up with a great morning of Mopar comaraderie. Across the track in the ‘sportsman pits,’ there were boxes and trailers of treasures.

Meanwhile, action on the track itself was hot and heavy, though the weather eventually ended that. Earwood has found that the best formula for this event is a couple of classes (ET and Footbrake), some specialty eliminators, and a couple of extra attractions like Dean Sox and Bob Reed, who were on hand to test. A jet dragster scheduled as part of Sunday’s regular race program made a run as well.

By 1:30 p.m. things were getting wet, but we all had a good time while it lasted.