Since it stopped snowing in the Northeast, rain has dampened nearly every weekend, and Memorial Day was no exception to the rule. First, rain postponed Musclepalooza XXVII until Monday, May 28, and even then threatening clouds had some believing that the alternate date would be a washout as well. Monday’s weather held, though, and by midday the clouds thinned as more cars and spectators began to arrive for our biannual salute to American muscle cars and drag racing.
Ethan Pellegrino poses with his dad, Greg, and the family’s 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A. It was Ethan’s first time at the strip, and in three passes he’d gone from running 13.2, to 13.1, to just above his dial-in, 13.0.
Bob Fouquette brought his 1957 Chevrolet 150 “Black Widow” replica up from East Freetown, Massachusetts. He took home the Favorite Modified Muscle award.
Dan Chriss puts the finishing touches on his 1970 Ford Mustang.
Dan’s son Austin, here with fiancée Krystal Alecksynas, took home second place in the late model Mustang category with his 2007 Roush 427R.
By early afternoon, the crowds were respectable, though the Sunday rainout kept them from being record-setting. There was no shortage of action on the strip, including one nail-biting moment that saw a wheel-standing Corvette get up close and personal with the Jersey barrier, but the driver and car emerged (relatively) unscathed. A few oil-downs, as well as one mechanical failure, kept track staff busy throughout the day, temporarily interrupting the on-strip action.
Joe Samperisi’s 1968 Dodge Charger R/T. It took home the award for our favorite Dodge.
We spotted this immaculate 1969 Dodge Charger 500 in the pits. It ran respectably in the Factory-Appearing Stock Tire (FAST) class.
The Dodge Charger 500 was, of course, Hemi-powered.
By unanimous decision, Best in Show went to this 1970 AMC AMX, owned by Todd Lucas from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.
On the show side, Hemmings staff handed out 28 individual category awards, with Best in Show going to a 1970 AMC AMX owned by Todd Lucas of Abbotsford, British Columbia, marking the first time that an AMC has taken top honors. Look for more on this car in tomorrow’s Hemmings Daily, but in the meantime, enjoy these images from Musclepalooza XXVII captured by our staff.
This 1969 Avanti II was powered by a 300-hp, 327-cu.in. Chevy V-8.
This Atomic Orange 1961 Chevy Biscayne looked sharp with a black roof and trim.
Though a bit more understated, we liked this Rose Beige Ford Falcon Sprint, too.
The Falcon was packing a 289 V-8 with a Ford tri-power setup.
The next Musclepalooza takes place on Sunday, September 2, at Lebanon Valley Dragway in West Lebanon, New York. For more information, visit Hemmings.com/Events/Musclepalooza.
Is this the tin worm’s more bigger brother? Either way, it sounded great.
The Junkyard Dawg gets some heat in the rear tires.
A pair of 12-second GMs line up for a pass.
Michael Englehardt’s 2005 Ford Mustang GT was a supercharged sleeper with handling upgrades to match its 519-hp output. It was our favorite late model Ford.
Hairiest burnout award goes to Sean Cory and his 1971 Oldsmobile 442 W-30, which also took home favorite Oldsmobile honors.