OK, we’ll admit it, we’re a tad behind on getting our LX Spring Fest coverage up. With the Goodguys Del Mar event last weekend, the Mopars at The Strip weekend staring us straight in the face this weekend and a whole list of work we have to get done on our project Killer Kong, you can imagine how the 6th annual late-model Mopar meet and greet slip through the cracks. That doesn’t mean that we didn’t have a total blast despite some looming gray weather (trust us, we did), it’s that there’s just so much going on this year – and it’s only April!
The event, which has done nothing but steadily grow over its six year run, welcomes all LX and LC-based Mopars to the Southern Californian gathering, meaning all 300s, Magnums, Chargers and Challengers are fair game.
While a smaller contingent hooked up Thursday night for a burger in Huntington Beach, Friday’s festivities kicked off at US Wheel, where the party carried over the Double Tree hotel where Dodge had a few surprises in store.
CEO Ralph Gilles was on hand to present the new 300S Chrysler, a low slung, sleeker version of the newly minted 300C. The party went well into the night, but failed to deter those late-model Moparphiles from showing up at Irvine’s air strip at the Orange County Great Park the next morning (El Toro Air Field).
Dodge came in full support as well, wheeling out the Red Line Charger, the new SRT8 Charger, the S-series 300, and Sam Hubinette’s Challenger (who happily took a couple laps for the crowd).
There were some seriously modified machines out on the tarmac Saturday, so much so that we’re certain the Dodge guys were relieved to see so many voided warranties!
Whether it was a daily driver, a weekend machine or a trailered-in beauties, the sheer outcry of love for these machines spoke volumes to the Dodge brass. Too bad there weren’t enough to convince them of a ’12 two-door Charger…