Mopar Sunday 2021 preview

A taste of what you can expect from this year’s Mopar Sunday at Willowbank


It’s back! After a COVID-induced hiatus last year, Mopar Sunday will return to Willowbank Raceway on Sunday 25 July.

Mopar Sunday started in 2003 as a birthday bash for organiser Sam Tatton’s dad, Jim, and is Australia’s original and longest-running single-marque drag racing event.

As always, there’s set to be a heap of action on offer. Mopar goodness both old and new will hit the drag strip for bragging rights – and if previous years are anything to go by, huge burnouts and wheelstands will come thick and fast. Sam says around 150 cars make a quarter-mile pass at each year’s event.

Mopar Sunday was one of the first Aussie events to combine racing and show ’n’ shine components, a formula that has since been adopted by other shows. “When I was a kid, all I wanted to do at shows was wait until the cars left, so I could hear them start up!” Sam laughs.

Despite its one-marque nature, the turnout at Mopar Sunday is seriously diverse. Everything from WWII-era Jeeps to Hemi-powered dragsters rock up to Willowbank year after year, meaning there’s something for everyone. “Mopar is a brand that Holden and Ford fans can both enjoy,” Sam points out. “They can both come along and enjoy these cars, whereas they might not go to each other’s shows.”

Dyno sessions will again be available for all entrants, and plenty of Chrysler-related goodies will be on offer at the swap meet – not to mention trade stands with all the latest and greatest gear.

Though the most recent round of COVID lockdowns is making interstate travel tricky, some of our Street Machine Drag Challenge faithful are planning to attend. Adding to the vibes will be our DC commentators, Chris Diggles and Kerry Digney.

Rob Huston’s cool Dodge D5N lunched its transmission on Day One of Drag Challenge Weekend 2020, earning him the Hard Luck Award. He’s now got the beast back up and running, so keep an eye out for it on the day.

The slightly sacrilegious VG Valiant of Daniel Ward is also slated to make an appearance. Motivated by a boosted LS, it ran a best time of 9.51@145mph at DCW 2020.

Sadly, a combination of NSW’s COVID restrictions and a stack of unexpected rust has forced our Carnage host Scotty to pull the plug on attending in his dad’s ute. He’s still working tirelessly to get it finished, though, so you can expect more satisfying Valiant content on our YouTube channel soon!

The Street Machine crew will be on-site covering everything, but until then you’ll find more info on the Mopar Sunday website. A hundred bucks will buy you pre-entry for racing, or $125 on the day, while it’s $25 for a dyno run.

Pre-sold spectator tickets are $27 ($2 for kids under 13), or $30 and $5 respectively at the gate.