2012 Moparty at the Strip Preview

Do you love Mopars? How about Mopars in Las Vegas? How about an all Mopar car show, drag race, auto cross, cruise, and a concert party all in one long fun weekend? Yep, we’re talking about the upcoming 10th anniversary of MATS (formerly Mopars at the Strip) in Las Vegas, Nevada April 13-15, 2012. Besides the fact that Moparty happens in Las Vegas (Party! Party! Party!), there are plenty of things happening to tear you away from the gaming tables.

One of the best Mopar car shows going, Moparty car show will judge vehicles in three main classes: Stock, Modified, and Restified/Clone. Within those will be classes for all Vipers, all Pro-Mod vehicles, all Pro-Street, Race Cars, Street Rod, Truck, PT Cruiser, and AMC. There’s a class for everyone.

Drag racing? Oh yeah, the Moparty at the Strip, according to the promoters, features the richest payout at a brand-specific drag race in the west, “We are committed to putting as much money back into the race purse as we can.” And to give you the best chance to compete, there are no less than 16 classes from which to choose! The MoparMax Maulin’ Magnum will be running the Pro and 5.7 and 6.1 New Hemi Challenge classes. There’s a Pony Car Wars class this year open to 2006 and newer Mustangs, Camaros, and Challengers. Mopars, represent!

Does your Mopar handle? Then you have to enter the MATS autocross, sponsored by Hotchkis Sport Suspension & Keisler Engineering. Carve through the cones for trophies, bragging rights and glory. Skilled drivers Aaron Ogawa, John Hotchkis, and 11-time national autocross champion Mary Pozzi will be on-hand to offer demo rides and instruction. Action-packed on-car video of the participants will be produced and available through both Hotchkis and KeislerTV.

Don’t just drive to MATS, cruise to MATS. There are several organized cruises to get to MATS from Nephi, Utah; Grand Junction, Colorado; Southern California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Gilbert, Arizona. Check the MATS website for details. Come to the party in style in a cruising caravan of Vegas bound Mopars.

How about the Mopar Muscle True Street Challenge? All entrants must be street legal. This event will be compiled of three individual groupings. Overall show appearance and workmanship, drag strip ¼-mile e.t., and reliability - how it handles daily driving. Each car will be evaluated on its own merit. See the website for details.

Lastly, of course, the concert at the Cannery Casino and Hotel, located just three miles from the race track. Friday night, April 13th, after the day is done at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Saucy Jacks will be rocking the house at the Cannery. Saturday night, the 14th, it’s the World Classic Rockers featuring former members of Journey, Steppenwolf, Toto, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana and Boston. Entry is included with your MATS wrist band. Be there or be square!

MATS is an Event with a capital “E”. It’s more than the sum of its parts. Families are a big part of MATS, with many coming year after year. Friends are made and then reunited every year. On the MATS website’s home page, We think the quote from Mary Gooch sums up MATS best. See you there:

Our top 10 reasons to attend:

  1. 10. Gambling in Vegas after the greatest Moparty is done and over.
  2. 9. Furthest MOPAR event we ever traveled to.
  3. 8. Making new MO-friends out west.
  4. 7. We hear it's the best of the best Moparties around.
  5. 6. Bringing home MO-stories to our MO-friends and MO-family back east, and making this our annual MO-cation.
  6. 5. The "MO"-smell of burning rubber and race fuel.
  7. 4. Spending time with fellow MOPAR fanatics like us.
  8. 3. The first time for us to be the "U" at the MATS "2012".
  9. 2. MATS is #1 on our bucket list. Now it will be one less "MO"-venture out of our bucket.
  10. 1. Vegas + MATS Car Show + MATS Drags + MATS Concerts + Gambling = The "BEST" way a MOPAR-loving couple could celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Moparty here we come!!!!"

Head to www.matslv.com for more information.