Spring Fest 6 was a completely fun event. It was hosted by the SoCalLX car club, and fully supported by Chrysler and Dodge, and they put on a great show.

A relative of mine trailered his 2010 twin turbo Challenger to my house late Friday night. The next morning we awoke early and met with my car club, West Coast Challengers, at a nearby Starbucks. After shooting the breeze a bit while waiting for other club members to arrive, we caravanned about a mile away to the future home of the Great Park, where we checked into the event.

West Coast Challengers car club caravan to Spring Fest 6

West Coast Challengers car club caravan to Spring Fest 6

We parked all of our Challengers in back to back rows on the runway of the old El Toro Marine Base airfield with about 850 other Mopars.

West Coast Challengers car club at Spring Fest 6

We began setting up what would become our new home for the next eight hours by raising two Easy-Ups, hoisting our club banner and then sat back and enjoyed hot coffee and donuts graciously provided by our club President, while we watched what appeared to be an endless sea of Mopars arrive.

A two-story stage was set up with amplifiers and music which played as we walked from row to row looking at all of the other Dodge Challengers, Chargers, Magnums and Chrysler 300’s. Under the stage were numerous new Chrysler and Dodge vehicles on display, some being seen for the first time.

Spring Fest 6 Stage

Vendors booths were busy selling aftermarket products to those attendees who wanted to dress up and further personalize their vehicles. One particular set up that I enjoyed was the Mopar exhibit. They had most of their crate engines on display. They had a bare aluminum block all the way up to a cut-away of the monster 572 cubic inch Hemi engine.

Mopar display at Spring Fest 6

Mopar display at Spring Fest 6

Off on a separate runway, an autocross course was set up for anyone with a drivers license and a need for speed to get into the new Mopar of their choice and drive the course against the clock. The noise of squealing tires drew me to the other side of the tarmac where a drifting course was set up and Dodge drifting champion Samuel “The Crazy Swede” Hubinette was giving everyone a sample of his amazing driving and drifting skills. He was driving a built 410 cubic inch aluminum block Challenger and was weaving through several figure eight patterns all the while his rear tires were spinning with such force and inertia that it seemed to defy logic how he was able to keep the car on the track. The exciting part came when he began speeding towards the spectator area, giving the appearance of being out of control, and just when you would thought he might slow down, he sped up, pitched the car sideways and made so much tire smoke it was almost impossible to see the rear wheels. Here’s a great video of the action:

Noon time came around and the lunch bell rang, which called well over one thousand hungry people to the food tables. Barbecued chicken and ribs, beans, coleslaw, and a roll were served to anyone in line. For those who didn’t feel like standing in line, our club Secretary graciously brought a platter of roast beef sandwiches from Togo’s as well as all kinds of snacks and drinks. We really do roll like Kings when we get together as a club.

West Coast Challengers car club at Spring Fest 6

Several months before the event I met Arizona Steve on the ChallengerTalk.com forum. He suggested that we round up all of 2011 Inaugural Edition 392 Challengers that planned on attending Spring Fest for a group photograph. He gathered the cell phone numbers of those attendees and when the event was nearing its conclusion, he contacted all the Inaugural Edition owners and gave them instructions to meet at an isolated end of the runway. As word got out, numerous photographers, some professional, some amateur, showed up to capture this historic event in a digital image.

2011 Inaugural Edition 392 Challengers

The cars were lined up with the intention of getting an old airplane hangar in the background of the shots. It was truly an amazing site, three blue and two white Challengers, side by side. It was then the owners turn to pose by the cars in a group photograph. I wanted to get photos of this on my camera, so as we posed by our cars, Arizona Steve’s lovely wife Peggy captured the moment for me, using my camera after a quick lesson on its operation. With all the shutters wildly clicking away, for a short moment I thought that I had done something heroic or had just won the Talladega 500. It was a great but short lived feeling before reality set in and I realized that the only thing that I did was buy the car. Oh well.

2011 Inaugural Edition 392 Challengers

During the event I was approached by a Chrysler engineer who wanted to download data from my car for an EPA survey. My car only had 450 miles on it so it didn’t qualify. He will be coming out to my house to do this survey when my odometer hits 1,200 miles. I referred him to Arizona Steve, and Steve obliged him and got a $20 gas card in return for participating in the survey.

I happen to notice that the President and CEO of Dodge, Ralph Gilles, was walking among the Challengers in our club, so I asked him if he would autograph my car. He happily agreed, and in a silver colored marker, on a radiator support panel, he penned “Ralph Gilles 3/26/11.”

Ralph Gilles autographed 2011 Inaugural Edition 392 Challenger

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed attending the event. I’m anxiously awaiting next year to again meet all of the new friends I made this year.

Pictures from the Spring Fest 6 event can be found in our club photo gallery.

Update: Here is a short video the club put together on the Spring Fest 6 event. Enjoy!

 

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