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Car show season is blossoming like spring across the country. Here in the southeast in the spring and early summer, they come in a variety of formats – from Rockingham, NC, to Sevierville, TN, Kissimmee, FL to Huntsville AL – they range from static displays to racing events. One of my favorites is the annual Piedmont Mopar Fun Run held at the eighth-mile track in Farmington, NC, normally occurring on the second Saturday in May.
The event has been held now for over 20 years, hosted by the Piedmont Mopar Club since 1985. Despite the recent economic challenges that required long-time sponsor Smith Stokes Dodge Chrysler Jeep to not be as deeply involved for 2009, show coordinator Ron Osborne, club president Joe Farlow and the crew still pulled out all the stops. This event included a group of bracket eliminators, the car show itself, a swap meet, and some exhibition runs from Dean Sox and Bob Reed. While the show may not be well-known beyond the region, it is not a small event - after two decades, these guys fill this place up with Mopars. There were well over 100 show cars, dozens of racers from primered 15-second hulks to Super Comp-type dragsters, and several rows of swap meet space with both local and out-of-state vendors.