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The drag strip at Beech Bend Raceway is what many of us would consider to be the natural habitat for the muscle cars present at MoParty. Since the heyday of muscle cars all the way up until now, Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth have always been forces to reckon with at the drag strip. There's no better way to show off that big Hemi, radical Max Wedge, and even the turbo 4-bangers of the 80s. If you're looking for drag racing content, you'll find all of our photos, results, and features inside.READ MORE
There's no better place to show off your High Impact Mopar than the MoParty Car Show! From Hemi Orange to Plum Crazy, Beech Bend's historic grounds are covered in various hues of Mopar history. This is your spot for car show coverage including features, judging results, and photography.READ MORE
The Grand Champion event is Holley's ultimate test. In order to emerge victorious, competitors have to master three disciplines at Moparty: Autocross, the 3S Challenge, and Drag Racing. Contestants of all shapes and sizes are present, with everything from 80s Hot Hatches up to full-size Hemi trucks. Catch all of the latest results, news, features, and photos inside!READ MORE
When you think of MoParty, you probably think of big, bright, beautiful Mopars ripping down the drag strip. While there is plenty of that, we also give the Mopar faithful a chance to put their cars through their paces on the autocross. You'll see everything from 340 Six-Pack E-Bodies, to turbo 80s Dodges, to Vipers, and much more taking on the cones at Beech Bend's nostalgic oval track. You can catch all of the autocross highlights, features, photos, and results inside!READ MORE
At MoParty, tackling the Off-Road Challenge means something a little different than it does at our other events. That's because the Mopar family includes the most iconic off-road brand in automotive history. A variety of Jeep models are on hand to tackle our off-road course which includes the full course, a rock-crawling portion, and a suspension articulation ramp. Catch the highlights, results, and photos inside!READ MORE
At Moparty, there's more to do and see for our spectators than the various disciplines of motorsport we have on display. In addition to the usual sorts of fun, we have the Mopar Thrill Rides going on almost all day, as well as a Hellcat Tug-of-War display, and Allen Pezo's legendary Predator monster truck doing a car crush display.READ MORE
The 3S Challenge is kinda like an unholy union conceived between drag racing and autocross. This heads-up event pits two cars against each other in a drag race... where they also turn and stop. Hence, the three S's (Start, Steer, Stop). This formula creates some of the most compelling racing at MoParty. Check out our coverage inside!READ MORE
As summer begins to turn to autumn, these rare birds have migrated south and flocked together to show off one of the most dominant Mopar efforts in motorsports history. These cars were capable of 243 mph in Cup Series NASCAR trim, and with that eye-watering number achieved, Mopar set out to homologate these for race use. These cars were so dominant in 1969 and 1970 that NASCAR had to institute rule changes to level the playing field for other manufacturers. At Moparty, we honor these cars' achievements by showing the next generation the roadgoing versions of these incredible cars.
The thunderous roar of an iconic legend echoed down the drag strip at this year's MoParty, paying a heartfelt tribute to the late Bob Riggle.
The historic "Hemi Under Glass" Plymouth Barracuda, a vehicle synonymous with exhibition wheel standing, made a spine-tingling pass down the Beech Bend Raceway. This poignant moment was a celebration of the remarkable legacy of Bob Riggle, the man who fearlessly defied gravity behind the wheel.
Originally conceived by Hurst Corporation as a way of promoting the A/FX class. The "Hemi Under Glass" is a piece of automotive history. This series of Plymouth Barracudas, nine in total, modified for the daring act of wheel standing, captured the imagination of audiences for decades. Powered by a claimed 2,500hp Chrysler Hemi.
Riggle, originally from Mansfield, Ohio, took the reins from "Wild" Bill Shrewsberry in 1966, becoming the heart and soul of this awe-inspiring wheel stander. Riggle's performances were nothing short of legendary, thrilling crowds at drag racing events nationwide with his quarter-mile wheelstand displays.
On June 26, 2016, during the taping of an episode of "Jay Leno's Garage," the Hurst Hemi Under Glass Barracuda rolled over. Remarkably, neither Riggle nor Jay Leno suffered injuries, but the iconic Plymouth bore the scars of the accident.
On September 8, 2023, the world lost Bob Riggle at the age of 88. He left behind a legacy that forever changed the landscape of drag racing and automotive entertainment. His name will forever be synonymous with the daring feats performed behind the wheel of the "Hemi Under Glass."
The pass down the drag strip at MoParty was more than just a thrilling spectacle; it was a tribute to a legend. It embodied the indomitable spirit of Bob Riggle and the enduring legacy of the "Hemi Under Glass." As the Barracuda roared down the strip, it was a moment of remembrance and celebration, a fitting tribute to a man who fearlessly defied gravity and left an indelible mark on the world of motorsport. Bob Riggle's spirit lives on in the thunderous echoes of the "Hemi Under Glass."
MoParty 2023 is an incredible event that unites passionate enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and influential figures. We bring together our valued partners, influential personalities, and knowledgeable educators for a brief but exciting photoshoot. These individuals are the embodiment of fun and education, playing pivotal roles in welcoming both newcomers and long-time enthusiasts into our community.
It's a unique occasion for them to connect with participants, engage in discussions, and ignite ideas for upcoming ventures. Think of it as the ultimate gathering for spirited conversations and exciting future projects.