Mopar Madness Invades Carlisle Winter Autofest 2020: Our Top 5

The 2020 Carlisle Winter Auto fest once again provided something for every automotive taste.  The three-day event kicked off February 21st, at the spacious SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland under a glorious Florida sun.

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Mopar muscle of all years and colors made their presence known throughout the weekend as this Hellcat would attest.

Boasting its first auction of the year with a 400+ car offering, eager buyers and sellers lined up early to get a closer look at what could be their next dream car while car owners and supporters of the hobby enjoyed showcases featuring Corvettes, Mustangs and all things MOPAR.

Saturday mornings crisp air brought visitors an automotive overload ranging from the iconic and much sought after 1970 Richard Petty Plymouth Superbird, to the ultra-rare Ferrari FXX-K. “I’ve never seen anything like this” said James Butler, “This is what I always envisioned being a part of when I purchased my classic car.”

“Three of the biggest names in racing during the ‘60s and ‘70s were Richard Petty, Sox & Martin, and Dick Landy, so to have cars from all three at one event is amazing,” noted display coordinator, Ed Buczeskie.

“The 1968 Hemi Super Stock cars were one of the wildest factory offerings ever and the pedigree of these two cars makes them insanely desirable. Add in Richard Petty’s actual NASCAR Superbird and you have the trifecta of Mopar race history.”

With so many Mopar faithful flaunting their muscle, here are our five favorites from Carlisle 2020:

Michael Kreseski’s ’69 Super bee

It was difficult to miss Mike’s ’69 Dodge Super bee. This schoolyard bully drew a steady stream of looks and praise all day.

Michael Bonadonna’s ’59 Chrysler New Yorker: 

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This mostly original gem was right at home among it’s Mopar brethren. We could only imagine cruising this beauty down main street.

Synonymous with the brand, the Dick Landy and Sox & Martin display:

We couldn't pick just one of these three. Oozing attitude and horsepower, this historic display was a magnet throughout the day giving both Pentastar faithful and casual onlookers heart palpitations.

Steve Mader’s ’64 Plymouth Barracuda:

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Arguably the first pony car, this fish couldn’t hide from us. Clean lines and sharp edges contrast smartly with muted period color made this ‘Cuda an easy choice.

Magnum and her ’70 Plymouth ‘Cuda AAR:

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It was really no contest with K9 Magnum and her owners Bruce and Carole Miller’s sinister ’70 ‘Cuda. The force was strong with this one with rich color offset nicely with AAR livery. Something tells us Magnum probably has a few tales of her own to tell.

So, there you have it. Those are our top-five Mopars from the show. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comment section below, and for more info on next year’s Mopar Nationals, check out www.carlisleevents.com.

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JP Emerson

My affliction with vintage iron is matched only by my knowledge of classic Rock ’N Roll. Although a heavy lean to all things Ford blue, I have a sharp appreciation for all makes and models, especially those that gulp gas and drop oil to mark their territory. Having provided work for multiple magazines, manufacturers, SEMA, and a top secret list of celebrity and auto insiders, I understand the bond between cars and owners.
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