Mighty Mississippi, Super Chevys

Upstream the River Was High, Downstream the Super Chevy Show was Over

Tony Kelly Jul 25, 2002 0 Comment(s)

Explorers named DeSoto and LaSalle had much to do with establishing Memphis, Tennesee. These days, it's Super Chevy that draws us to the "Capital of the Mississippi." Frankly, we didn't see a DeSoto or LaSalle all the time we were there.

The Memphis Super Chevy Show draws people from several nearby states, and they are there for the show and a huge swap meet/car corral. The racers come from even farther away. This weekend included the totally wild bunch known as "Chicago Outlaws," a group of wheel-standing, thrill-riding racers from the Windy City that kept the fans on their feet. In the car show area a drama played out in Gold Class as the '57 convertible of Jack Shewmaker was entered by its builder Ron Kissinger, and competed for the coveted Best of Show award against perennial champion Jennings White and his '55 Bel Air. For those of you who have had the privilege of seeing these two cars, it won't be a surprise to learn that Shewmaker's restored convertible has been called by some experts a "benchmark" for that model. White's '55 is an absolutely beautiful hardtop that has won the top Super Chevy Show honors many times. When the judging was over, White's '55 once again prevailed, making it 19 Best of Show awards out of 21 shows entered. For builder Kissinger it was a major disappointment, but he knows his time is coming. Make it a point to come out and see these cars as well as the other Gold Class Super Chevys.

Two new awards have been added to upcoming Super Chevy Shows. The editors of our sister publications, Street Rodder and Classic Trucks, have authorized awards to be given in their magazine's names. Besides the honor of winning one of these awards, it also means that the winning street rod and truck will make an appearance in those McMullen Argus titles. Bring your '48-or-older Chevy or Chevy-powered street rods, and your '72-or-older Chevy or Chevy-powered pickups to Super Chevy Shows for a chance at these new awards, as well as the numerous other trophies at every show.

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