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MOPAR salutes the Duster

HEBRON – It’s easy to forget that people worried about fuel prices long before they hit $4.13 per gallon. “They only made them for one year,” said Mike Wintgens of Roseville, who was admiring his 1976 Plymouth Feather Duster, which featured plenty of aluminum parts in response to the 1970s oil crisis. He said the car gets roughly 30 miles to the gallon, which was pretty impressive by 1970s standards.

This weekend’s National Trail Raceway MOPAR event paid tribute to the Plymouth Duster, built from 1970 to 1976 to compete with the Chevy Nova and Ford Maverick. Frank Hall II from Plain City said Dusters with all original stock like his are tough to find because most of the surviving models were converted into racing cars. “The originality has gone,” he said. “You just don’t find them.”

Raceway Sales Manager Mike Fornataro said attendance for this year’s MOPAR event, which ran Aug. 11 through 14, was strong and one of its major highlights was a visit from the Green Hornet’s 1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown Black Beauty. The weather cooperated, too. “They kept calling for rain but it ended up beautiful, right up to Sunday afternoon when it finally did rain,” said Fornataro. “Apparently, Mother Nature drives a MOPAR!”

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