It’s tough to plan for a “Show & Shine” event when the weather forecast predicts four hours of rain. But that didn’t stop this year’s Fall Fling. Celebrating its 15th year at Woodley Park situated in Van Nuys, California, the Chrysler Performance West (a Southern California Mopar car club based in the San Fernando Valley) welcomed flocks of Mopars, vendors and enthusiasts this Saturday, October 30, 2010.
The Chrysler Performance West (CPW) club was started in 1985, and has been putting on the Spring Fling and Fall Fling shows at Woodley Park for almost 25 years.
This Saturday’s early morning looked bleak as many woke to looming clouds and sheets of falling rain, but it didn’t take long before the heavens parted and blue skies illuminated a somewhat soggy, but cheerful crowd and event grounds.
Key sponsoring companies were center stage in the vendor midway. Corona, CA. company, TTI Exhaust showcased their Westech-tuned and proven high performance headers and full exhaust systems for both classic and late-model Mopars.
Van Nuys local, Just Dashes, a staple in interior restoration, recoloring and re-chroming for nearly 30 years, was on hand, as was Mopar Performance dealer, Glendora Dodge as was the nationally-known Chrysler shop, Restorations by Julius.
Welcome to lovers of all things Mopar, this year’s Fall Fling hosted 350 Mopar machines and over 150 “swappers,” selling off everything imaginable, from top-of-the-food chain Keith Black aluminum HEMI blocks and heads, to repopped sheetmetal, to unopened original replacement chrome trim and badging.
Without fail, the CPW club brings in cars from all over the western United States as well as spectators and vendors from all over North America. Of course, the Fall Fling isn’t just a fancy Show n’ Shine, it’s an experience. The Friday morning before, a fleet of Mopars cruised from Woodley Park to Malibu for lunch overseeing the Pacific Ocean.
While the weather might have scared away a few more vendors and show cars, this year’s Fall Fling was a hit. We’ve included a monster-sized gallery of images of just a sprinkling of the cool cars and bits and pieces we spotted (including a super-rare ’66 Plymouth Satellite that was purposely optioned by a Southern California dealership with ’67 GTX equipment to showcase what the next year’s models offered. Check out the pics!).