All in all, for what looked to be a wash-out, the Mopar vs. Brand-X race in Alabama turned out to be a great time. Austin Griggs’ recipe for fun hasn’t changed since the first Ratty Muscle Cars event, and it’s for the best that it hasn’t. As the night wore on, some test-and-tune machines rolled in that were decidedly much faster than the typical RMC fare, but you still had this backwoods, late-night sensation that was only missing fenceposts and a potential cop nearby to match the real old school. Sedans, hardtops and trucks, slugging it out with pony cars and the occasional big-ticket ride into the late hours of the night somewhere in Alabama? It’s not the end race of the season, but it sure felt like the perfect sendoff.
Griggs is already planning out next year’s Mopar vs. Brand-X shootout. It will be at Jake’s Dragstrip in Moulton, Alabama again, on October 10th, 2020. 10/10/2020…you have no reason to forget that date. If you’ve got an old machine that you want to bring out for some fun and aren’t concerned with it being perfect, bring it out! So long as it’s safe to drive on the street, you’ll be all right.