2009-08-15 / News

Model weekend for Mopar

By Scott Rawdon

HEBRON- Todd Best enjoyed a sunny afternoon at National Trail Raceway surrounded by dozens of shiny classic Chrysler, Plymouth, and Dodge muscle cars - none weighed more than two pounds.

Best brought his "Only the Best" die cast metal model business from Concord, North Carolina to the Hebron Raceway's annual Mopar event Aug. 8 weekend. As one could guess, Best's vending tent was packed full of Mopar vehicle models exclusively.

"We eat, sleep, and drink die cast," he said.

Best said that many years ago he began collecting Volkswagen die cast models as a hobby and it didn't take long for people to want to buy them. He sold a few of his models but people kept asking for more. "The next thing you know it turned into a business," he said. Today, he and his fiancée Angel Hopkins tour motor events, tailoring their models to the event. The next day the couple planned to sell Volkswagen models at another event. "We try to do all makes," said Best.

National Trail Raceway Sales Manager Mike Fornataro said turnout for the Mopar weekend was very good, although he didn't have specific numbers. He said pre-registration of cars and vendors was up from last year, which frankly surprised him because most people, during tough economic times, will wait to sign up until they're relatively assured of good weather.

"The highlight (of the weekend) was probably Big Daddy Don Garlits being there and actually getting in one of his original Top Fuel cars and doing burnouts," said Fornataro.

Return to top