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Midwest Mopars in the Park 2014

There are car fans and there are Mopar fans.

Clever and spooky display makes for an even cooler Mopar!
Clever and spooky display makes for an even cooler Mopar!
Aaron Ahlstrom

No other group of car enthusiasts offers such a devoted, cult-like following. The Dodge-Chrysler-Plymouth camp (throw in AMC, too) embraces being different, reveling in a so-called underdog role.

Make no mistake, though, they are in no way third string to GM or Ford collector cars.

It’s hard not to be swept up in the Mopar hysteria with classics and muscle cars that exude attitude and blend an intoxicating combination of performance and style. Their engines are powerful. Their transmissions are tough as hell. Their collectability is ever-increasing.

With that said, we made our way to the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington, MN for the 30th Annual Midwest Mopars in the Park National Car Show and Swap Meet.

As usual, the attendance was good, especially in the swap meet areas which were spinning with activity. We spotted plenty of deals, yet too many high-buck items were being skipped over. The trophies of the day were rims, intake manifolds, and of course, several Hemi engine parts for sale.

Speaking of the elephant motor, 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the legendary 426 Hemi. There were quite a few Hemi-powered cars on display, ranging from late-model motor swaps to original survivor cars sporting the vintage iron under their hoods.

The weather cooperated until early afternoon, when what was building throughout the day finally unloaded rain, wind and lightning, seemingly all at once.

Check out all the coverage of the show in the slideshows.

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