Townsville driver Ken Willing will be in action at Warwick Dragway this weekend.
Townsville driver Ken Willing will be in action at Warwick Dragway this weekend. Contributed

Drivers to muscle up for action on the track

ALL models of Chrysler vehicles from Australia and America will be in Warwick for the Mopar Muscle Weekend on Saturday and Sunday at the Warwick Dragway.

This year's weekend is the fourth organised by the Queensland Chrysler Association.

Event organiser Darryl Elliot said the Willing brothers, Ken, Dave and Matt, would all travel from Townsville with crews and friends for the weekend.

"There will also be a few drivers from New South Wales," he said.

Seventy Chryslers will be in action at Morgan Park and another 50 will be in town for the Leslie Park display on Saturday and the Show and Shine at the Warwick Dragway on Sunday.

Half of the Chryslers were manufactured in Australia and the other half have been imported from America.

The vehicles range from stock classic vehicles, to modified street machines, right through to full blown race cars.

There will be four racing brackets for all Chrysler vehicles, including Powder Puff for girls only.

The vehicles were manufactured from the early 1960s to current models.

Elliot expects it was likely a Chrysler owner from Brisbane would bring a modern Dodge Challenger SRT to the Show and Shine on Sunday.

"He has imported the Challenger from the United States and converted it to right-hand drive," Elliot said.

"We could have 2008 and 2012 model Challengers at the weekend."

Warwick District Drag Association president Chris Loy said the Mopar Muscle Weekend would be one of the biggest meetings of the year.

"It is a single-brand weekend and is growing each year just like the VW weekend," Loy said.

"Enthusiasts from all over the country will be at the dragway this weekend.

"A lot of enthusiasts come each year from Stanthorpe and there is always plenty of interest from Warwick."

While the meeting is organised by the Queensland Chrysler Association, the Warwick club plays host and will have 25 volunteers helping out on both days.

The action this weekend starts with a car display in Leslie Park from 10am to noon which is always a great hit with Saturday morning shoppers.

 

MOPAR MUSCLE Weekend Program

 

Saturday

  • 10am to noon - Chrysler display at Leslie Park
  • Noon to 5pm - Racing at Warwick Dragway

Sunday

  • 10am to 1.30pm - Racing at Warwick Dragway
  • Show and Shine during the race meeting on Sunday
  • Admission $10 each day, children under 14 free

 

Drivers to watch

  • Mark Ayson, of Brisbane, in a 1972 fuel-injected Valiant Charger which runs 10 second quarter miles
  • Ken Willing, of Townsville, in a black big block Barracuda
  • Ben Wooster, of Brisbane, in a VC Valiant ute with alloy 528 cubic inch Mopar engine
  • Steve Oliver, of Narangba, in a purple big block Barracuda
  • Gary Smith, of Hervey Bay, in a V8 powered Chrysler Neon


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