To the race fan, a car show can be one of the most repetitive events on the planet. The same cars show up year after year. The owners cluster up the machines according to make or model preference and discuss the merits and demerits of the cars around them. Other folks endlessly shine away on their pride and joy while the Beach Boys or some other version of the promoter's nostalgia trip limps along in the air.
The whole affair is static, the cars standing motionless in line with their hoods open like so many mouths yawning. The definition of the car show changed four years ago when Wine Country Mopars arranged to hold their annual show at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Racing was part of this show since the beginning.
This legendary Wine Country road course also has a dragstrip. The static car show has come alive to the sounds of Mopars winding out on the strip and the smell of burnt rubber. Finally, a car show in the Bay Area that goes beyond the ordinary parking lot show and shine!
The racing featured everything from slant sixes turning 19s to Hemis running in the nines. The pits were open to all and everyone, racers were friendly and willing to explain what was going on under the hood, down the driveline and into the rear. The show field was looking good with B and E bodies typically in the majority and a strong showing from the pre-'66 B-bodies. The swap meet was a bit thin, but the raffle was loaded with all kinds of goodies right on up to a freshly re-built street-strip big block with 727 trans.
Aside from the great location, races and raffle, Wine Country Mopars offered plenty of incentive to participate in their show. There were 30 show classes to insure no Mopar enthusiast was left out from the opportunity to go home with some appreciation for their hard work. Super Pro dragsters got $1200 to win and half that for second. Payouts went down the line with Pro (no electronics) paying $800, Sportsman $400 and Trophy, well...they got trophies!
Show organizer and club member Fred Jenkins said that there were over 200 cars racing and showing at this year's June event. A car count that high guarantees something for every Mopar fan, so mark the calendar and come on out next year.