Mopar Steals the Show
Good Turnout for May Event
John Gunnell - May 29, 2014 02:53 PM
Scott Severson’s Dodge Dart.John Gunnell
Black ’73 Challenger coupe.John Gunnell
1968 Plymouth Road RunnerJohn Gunnell
Mopars stood out with a strong presence at the Clintonville, Wisconsin, Downtown Street Cruise. This show was a fundraiser for the Northeast Wisconsin Beat the Heat—a non-profit youth program in which young enthusiasts build cars to drag race against local police.
This year, the Chryslers, Dodges and Plymouths stood out because there were more of them than ever before and their restoration quality was impressive.
Billed as a cruise, but actually an on-the-street evening car show, the event drew a wide range of Chrysler Corp. products from an early Dodge Roadster to a bright orange 1968 Plymouth Road Runner hardtop owned by Dan Paters of Hortonville. Equally as colorful was Scott Severson’s lime green, roll bar equipped 340 Dart.
Dave Dittman’s jet black 1973 Dodge Challenger hardtop had a high-performance 340-cid V-8 under its dual snout hood. Seeing a Plymouth Deluxe with a sun visor and billet wheels in profile made us realize how small these early post-war Mayflower coupes were. The “bullet holes” in the fender proved to be fake.
Businesses on Clintonville’s main street stayed open for the car show to take advantage of the crowd. The shops, restaurants and taverns were packed. Do you think the larger than ever crowd had anything to do with the larger-than-ever-before number of Mopars lining the street?