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Spring Fling: Pentastars Converge in LA

Biggest Mopar show west of the Mississippi

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Chrysler Performance West, the Southern California Chrysler Car Club, put on its 35th annual Spring Fling show at Woodley Park in Van Nuys. As a rule, over 700 cars, 300 swappers, 50 manufacturers and 9000 spectators attend the two-day event, and there was no reason to doubt this would be another spectacular showing of cars and enthusiasts.

1958 Plymouth Fury (all images by Brad Miles)

A big tradition for the event is the Malibu cruise, where owners start at Van Nuys and drive to the Famous Rock Store on Mulholland Drive, then cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu for lunch before returning to the San Fernando Valley.

On Saturday, the show has a popular “show & shine” structure with no judging. This year, the club played host to a special Aero Car display for 1969 Dodge Charger 500 and Charger Daytona, and 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird. On Sunday, things get a bit more serious thanks to class judging.

1970 Barracuda Gran Coupe

Of course, there’s also a swap meet that brings in the early birds because you know what they say about the worm! Seven a.m. is what it takes to find that rare part that is missing from your restoration, though the swap meet can continue through 4 p.m. before the show closes.

The family that plays together stays together!

Spring Fling brings Mopar fans from hundreds of miles away to revel in the beautiful spring weather while sitting in the shadows of an Exner-era fin or Superbird wing. Take a gander at some of the fine machinery in attendance thanks to the enthusiastic photography of Brad Miles.

Custom 1959 Dodge
1968 Charger R/T and 1960 DeSoto
Another 1968 Charger R/T, this one a Hemi.
1968 Dodge Dart GTS 383
1970 Plymouth Road Runner
1969 Dodge Coronet R/T with M46 scoops.
1967 and 1972 Plymouth Barracudas
1970 Dodge Coronet R/T
A12 1969 Road Runners
Finish your restoration with these swap meet items.
1969 Charger Daytona flanked by two modern Challengers.
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Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in metropolitan Phoenix.

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