Records were meant to be broken!

Guinness World Record Attempt – Largest Parade of Challengers

UPDATE (05/26/2012):
We are on track for meeting the same numbers we had last year. That means we are about 75 cars short. How do we fix that? By spreading the word about the record attempt and getting more Challengers out to the show. Tell your friends, tell your co-workers, share event info on Facebook, share event info on the forums, tell your local dealer and whatever else you can think of. There is one great thing about the event regardless, we will have hundreds of our Challenger friends all in one place to enjoy one of the best Mopar shows in the country. I’m really looking forward to it and I hope you are too. Thank you to all the volunteers that will be helping out at the show. Thank you to everyone else for coming out and making this the great event that it is.

PRE-SHOW MEET-UP: Jon Gohr has assembled a meetup on Saturday morning before the show at Dakota Electric, just like we have done in years past. There will be two exit times from the lot. One at 7:30 and another at 8:30. I like Jon’s description in the event on Facebook so I will include it here along with a link you kind find below. “Peaceful easy, and entirely optional, way to meet up with other members prior to entering the fairgrounds as an unruly mob!”

RAFFLE: Mike Hewitt put together some prizes for a raffle which we will use to promote the club at the show. This will also provide some fun for all of the Challenger owners crowded around us in the show field. We will raffle off prizes from Retro USA, Kenne Bell and Gunslinger. We’re still looking for raffle items so if you can, stop at your local Dodge dealer or favorite aftermarket supplier and ask them if they can donate something. We can add anything you get to the list of prizes Saturday morning. Raffle tickets will be available at the MnChallenger tent for $1 each. Winners will be announced immediatley following the Challenger parade.

VOLUNTEERS: Midwest Mopars still needs volunteers for the show. If you would like to donate some of your time to help out at the show, let us know in advance or just go straight to Brenda near the registration table on Saturday or Sunday during the show and tell her you want to help out. MnChallengers can provide two free wristbands to anyone that can work 3-4 four hours on Saturday or Sunday. All volunteers receive a free show shirt for their time.

Official Facebook Event for the show. Spread the word! LINK
Volunteer Signup for the show: LINK
Saturday Pre-Show Morning Meet Before The Show: LINK

WHAT: Largest Parade of NEW Challengers Ever Assembled
WHERE: 28th Annual Midwest Mopars in the Park
WHEN: June 2nd
TIME: 3:00PM

If you own a new Dodge Challenger, this is an event you do not want to miss. We plan to assemble the largest parade of Mopars ever recorded. And we didn’t just pick any car to do it with, we picked the 2008 to present Dodge Challenger. We will need at least 250 cars to break the record. On top of that we’ll need to drive the cars in a parade for no less than 2-miles. Last year’s attempt got us close with 185 Challengers but this year we intend to get in the record books. Mopar will be on hand to lead the parade in a “special” Dodge Charger and Rick Berecz, Mopar’s Accessory Planning Manager will lead us into the record books.

To participate in this event with your 2008 to present Dodge Challenger, register for the 28th Annual Midwest Mopars in the Park and use class code 4200 on the registration form. Participants in the record attempt will have there own designated parking area. The parade will start at 3:00PM on Saturday June 2nd. All participants are eligible to purchase a high quality commemorative t-shirt.

This Guinness World Record Attempt is going to be a something spectacular to see let alone participate in. You’re not going to want to miss this. We look forward to seeing you there.


Date: Saturday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 3rd

Location: Dakota County Fairgrounds 4008 220th Street, Farmington, MN

Event Details:
Jump-start your summer family-fun events and plan to attend the largest ALL MOPAR car show in the upper Midwest. The 28th Annual Midwest Mopars in the Park National Car Show & Swap Meet will be held on Saturday, June 2nd and 3rd, 2012. This year’s show is being held at the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington, Minnesota. This great location offers a large show field, a large swap area and a huge FREE spectator parking area with free trolley rides to all areas of the fairgrounds.

The two-day car show and swap meet will feature something for every member of the family including children’s activities, music, non-stop entertainment, and a full line-up of vendors and special events.

Don’t miss your chance to see hundreds of pristine Mopar show cars including Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler, Jeep, AMC, Willys of every year make and model that are expected for this two-day car show vying for 33 class awards.

Special Guests:
Buddy Martin
Bill “Maverick” Golden
Arlen Vanke
Judy Lilly
Don Grotheer

Special Guests Race Building:
Our 2012 special guests are Bill “Maverick” Golden and Buddy Martin. In addition to meeting these legendary racers, you will be thrilled to see a collection of their special racing machines including Maverick’s Little Red Wagon and 1964 Super Stock Hemi Dodge, and the Sox and Martin 1968 Super Stock Hemi Barracuda, Super Stock Hemi Belvedere, Super Stock Pro 200 1973 Duster and the Ramp Truck & Trailer Tribute. Plus, back by popular demand will be fan favorites, Judy “Miss Mighty Mopar” Lilly, “Akron” Arlen Vanke and Don Grotheer and their cars including the Miss Mighty Mopar 1978 Volare, the Vanke 1963 Super Stock Dodge and 1965 Super Stock Dodge, Roy Clark’s Super Picker 1965 Hemi Belvedere, Herb McCandless’ 1968 Hemi Dart, Don Grotheer’s 1968 Hemi Road Runner, Fred Hurst’s 1970 Cuda Gasser, John Hagen’s Hemi Arrow, and the RatRoaster 1967 Hemi Barracuda. You will also see the first Dodge 330 Lightweight ever produced!

World Record Attempt:
Challenger Challenge – Don’t leave your sweet Challenger sitting in the parking lot. A Guinness World Records attempt will be made by assembling the largest parade of LC platform Dodge Challengers from 2008 to present on Saturday June 2nd. If you own one of these beautiful Challengers, you need to be a part of this attempt! Use Class Code 4200 on the registration form.

Specialty Car Building:
This year we are featuring the 1966 to Present Dodge Charger in the specialty building. We will feature Chargers from all Eras and we still need a few more. If you own a 68, 70-78, 79-87, 06, or 08-12 Charger that you would like to display, please contact Glenn Larson at 952-447-4702. Your car will be parked in the speciality building during the show.

Burnout Contest:
The burnout contest has become a huge draw. A lot of people like to gather round and watch these cars show off their muscle by laying down some rubber on a cement pad. It is cool. This year the contest is only going to be held on Saturday, but even more importantly the prizes for the burnout contest are being expanded. All prizes will be cash, and they are as follows:

1st: $1000.00
2nd: $500.00
3rd: $400.00
4th: $300.00
5th: $200.00
6th: $100.00

These are some pretty sweet prizes, and the money can go toward a new set of tires! If you want to participate in the burnout contest please contact the contest coordinator, Richard Burton, at 651-755-7946.

Show Location:
The Dakota County Fairgrounds is located in Farmington, MN. Please watch for signage to the fairgrounds as you enter the City of Farmington.

Driving Directions:
From the West – I35:
Take I35 to CR 70. Take CR 70 4 miles East to Cedar Ave. Turn left (North) approx ¼ mile to Hwy 50 turn right (East) approx 3 miles to Denmark Ave. Turn right on Denmark Ave. approx 3/4 mile (South) to 220th Street. Take 220th Street (left) to fairgrounds.

From the East:
Take Hwy 52 to Hwy 50. Take Hwy 50 West approx 8 miles to Hwy 3. Cross Hwy 3 approx ½ mile to fairgrounds.

From the North or South:
Take Hwy 3 to Farmington. Take 220th Street (West) ½ mile to fairgrounds.

From the Mall of America (494 & Cedar):
Take Cedar (Hwy 77) South to Hwy 50 turn left (East) to Denmark Ave. Turn right on Denmark Ave. approx 3/4 mile (South) to 220th Street. Take 220th Street (left) to fairgrounds.

The Spectator Gate opens at 8 am on Saturday and Sunday

(The Spectator Gate is the first gate from the East across the front of the fairgrounds.)

FREE parking on grounds – please do not park on city streets.

Show Hours:
Saturday, June 2nd
9 am – 3 pm: Car Show Registration
9 am – 6 pm: Car Show, Swap Meet & Show Events

1 pm : Burn-Out Contest
3 pm : Challenger World Record Attempt

Sunday, June 3rd
9 am – Noon: Car Show Registration
9 am – 4 pm: Car Show & Events
9 am – 5 pm: Swap Meet
3 pm: Award Ceremony

Entry Fees:
Daily spectator admission is just $10.00 per person at the gate and children under 12 are admitted free. FREE parking is available on the fairgrounds. Parking on city streets is discouraged.

Please use the Spectator Entrance off Hwy 3 when you arrive.

Spectator (Per Day) $10.00
Children under 12 FREE
Pre-Registration Non-Judged Display Only $15.00
Day-Of-Show Non-Judged Display $20.00
Pre-Registration $20.00
Day-Of-Show Registration $30.00
Swap Space (20×20) $80.00
Additional Swap Space (10×20) $30.00
Single Only Swap Space (10×20) $40.00
Car Corral $25.00

Note: Show and swap entry fees include two admissions for both Saturday and Sunday!

This event is hosted by the Midwest Mopars car club. If you have any questions please call the Show Chairman Renee Quimby at 612-210-1752 or Gary Richgruber at 952-884-9804.


GrandStay Residential Suites
7083 153rd St. W.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
952-953-6111 or 877-388-STAY
Mention “MOPARS” for show rates

Comfort Inn – Lakeville
17605 Kenrick Avenue
Lakeville, MN 55044
Mention “MOPARS” for show rates

Stay Bridge Suites
4675 Rahncliff Road
Eagan, MN 55122
Mention “MOPARS” for show rates

Hilton Garden Inn
1975 Rahncliff Court
Eagan, MN 55122
Mention “MOPARS” for show rates

Holiday Inn Express
1950 Rahncliff Court
Eagan, MN 55122
Mention “MOPARS” for show rates

Show Grounds Camping:
RV and trailer camping is available on the grounds of the Dakota County Fairgrounds. Reservations for camping are handled directly by the Fairgrounds management.

Camping with Hook-up $30/Day
Camping with Hook-up $100/Week
Camping without Hook-up $20/Day
Camping without Hook-up $75/Week

Please email Fair@DakotaCountyFair.ORG or call 651-463-6900 for reservations.

Event Registration:
Record Attempt Registration Form: LINK


Midwest Mopars Website: LINK
Photo Slideshow from 2010 (808 Photos): LINK
Photo Slideshow from 2009 (614 Photos): LINK
Youtube Video Promo for 2009: LINK

MnChallengers Potluck Picnic – Saturday May 19th

MnChallengers Potluck Picnic – Saturday May 19th

WHAT: MnChallenger Potluck Picnik
WHERE: Crosby Farm Regional Park
WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2012
TIME: 10am to 2pm

UPDATE: Cruise! Meet at Stockmen’s Truck stop in SSP at 9am. We will leave from there for a nice cruise to the picnic.

DETAILS: Crosby Farm is a little hideaway on the banks of the Mississippi River. Amenities include a fire pit, barbecue grill, electricity and restrooms. I have no idea how to grill, so if someone is willing to grill or handle the fire pit that would be fantastic.

Please bring a dish to share. We will have pop, ice, chips, paper plates, forks, and napkins. If you have a comfortable chair, please bring it.

Stockmen’s Truck Stop
501 Farwell Avenue
South St. Paul, MN 55075-2489
(651) 455-9719

Crosby Farm Park
2595 Crosby Farm Rd.
Saint Paul, MN 55116

Stockmen’s Map
Crosby Farm Park
Facebook Event Page
City Cruise 2011