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Monster MOPAR Weekend XXIV Gateway International Raceway St Louis

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Katrina and I just returned from one of the most enjoyable car shows we have ever been to. Imagine this, you are at a show and there are 730 cars there; and all but 9 are Mopars. You are one of the 9 Fords at the show, how would you expect to be treated?

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Well, if you were at the 08 Monster Mopar Weekend XXIV Show at Gateway International Raceway in St Louis this September 19-21st you were treated like a long lost friend with a very special car. Katina and I joined our friends in the Daytona Superbird Auto Club for the Aero Warrior Reunion held in conjunction with the Monster Mopar Weekend.

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You have to understand that the 1969 Ford and Mercury aero cars (Ford Talladega, Mercury Cyclone Spoiler and Spoiler II) are welcome as members of the Mopar Dodge Daytona and Plymouth Superbird Club. No, you didn’t miss any announcements about Chrysler purchasing Ford. ┬áIt’s just that the guys and gals in the Daytona Superbird Auto Club recognize that without the Ford cars being built first and kicking their butts on the track Chrysler would never have built the winged cars. What a loss that would have been!

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That is the way racing used to be and should be; no damn identical bodies with decals to tell if it is a Dodge, Ford or Chevy. Back them there was competition between the manufactures and us street folks benefited from it.

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Enough soap box back to the Monster Mopar Weekend. There were some terrific cars at the show. Here are a couple of examples but there will be more on the Monster Mopar Weekend at the On Tour page and a whole lot more on the Daytona Superbird Auto Club show as well as a bunch of feature cars from the weekend over the next few months.

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One Dodge guy said it best when I told him the quarantined our Fords so we couldn’t infect the Mopars. He said you can infect my garage with this car anytime, we love cars; all cars. Amen!

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Katrina and I have owned Mopars, GMs, and Blue Ovals. We have our favorites from each brand and will never down talk any of them. We love cars, all cars, but especially the fast slippery ones.

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Go to our On Tour page to see more photos and descriptions.

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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