Whether it’s a Plymouth Barracuda, a Ford Mustang, a Dodge Challenger, a Chrysler LeBaron, an American Motors Javelin, a Jeep Cherokee, a Mercury Cougar, a Lincoln Town Car, even a Hudson Hornet, if it bears the logo of any of the Ford or Mopar brands it’s likely to be represented this Sunday at US 131 Motorsports Park.
Combining the best elements of the Mega Mopar Series and the Fun Ford Weekend Series, US 131’s “Battle of the Brands” is a showcase of the top-performing and best-appearing vehicles to come out of Dearborn and Auburn Hills over the last 100 years.
Separate car and truck shows for Fords and Mopars, a swap meet, vendor midway and a “King of the Track” bracket showdown are the primary attractions of the one-day celebration of two of America’s most iconic car brands.
On the track, Fords and Mopars will race separately in a combined box/no box category to reduce their individual fields to eight cars or less. Those cars, eight Fords and eight Mopars, then will race amongst themselves to determine the 2016 “King of the Track” and the distribution of a purse that will pay $1,500 to the winner, $500 to the runner-up, $250 to the losing semifinalists and $100 to those ousted in the quarterfinals.
A Street ET champion also will be crowned in a category that mandates D.O.T. street tires, mufflers and no electronics.
Gates open Sunday at 8 a.m. with time trials at 10 a.m. Adult admission is $15 with children 12 and under free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
The Mopar car show is expected to draw a wide variety of vehicles including PT Cruisers, Prowlers, Vipers, Road Runners, Dusters, Belvederes, Valiants, Volares, Chargers, Avengers, Darts, Colts, Crossfires, Dakotas, Durangos, Stealths, 200s, 300s, Stratuses, Neons, New Yorkers, Sebrings, Imperials and RAM trucks.
On the Ford side, there is also expected to be many varieties of vehicles including Thunderbirds (early and late model), Fairlane-Torinio-Galaxie, Falcon-Maverck-Comet, Big Cars (Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, Marauder, LTD and Granada), Classic full-size Trucks (1948-1986), Modern full-size Trucks, Sport Compacts (Focus, Fiesta, Probe, Escort ZX2), compact trucks, Rancheros and Classic Fords (everything from Model As and Model Ts to Edsels and Country Sedans).