Red, White, & Blue and Super Chevy

Memorial Day in Patriot Country

Tony Kelly Sep 18, 2002 0 Comment(s)

We journeyed to the "Live Free or Die" state where we celebrated the first Memorial Day since 9-11. There could be no more fitting location for that holiday than New Hampshire, and there could be no more enthusiastic people to be with than the New Englanders who traveled many miles to show and race their Super Chevys.

For me it meant going from the shores of the Pacific to the waters of the Atlantic. There is no more dramatic way of gauging just how massive our country is than flying from the western shore of the continent to the eastern edge of the land. There are people in this world who tried to curtail every American's ability to enjoy the country this way, but they didn't count on the American people and our will to prevail. That's what the Memorial Day celebration is all about: remembering those who demonstrated that will in service to us all.

While the flag flew high in Epping, show cars from all over the Northeast made their way into the grounds of New England Dragway. Bracket racers, jet cars, and Nitro Coupes stirred things up on the dragstrip. Wonderful people from several states greeted us and spent a great weekend admiring beautiful show cars and marveling at the performance of the racers. Only in America, the land where we're free to express ourselves--even if it comes in the form of a 600hp Rat pounding out a powerful tune!

2002 EPPING SUPER CHEVY SHOW STATS

SATURDAY AWARDS

EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
Bill Allen, Portland, ME, '35 Chevy
Lynn Bouvier, Smithfield, RI, '72 Chevelle convertible
Rosemarie Campbell, Newport Richey, FL, '67 Nova
William Carter, Salem, NH, '69 Nova
Jens Hansen Jr., Saugus, MA, '55 Chevy
Tom Latta, Westerly, RI, '66 Nova
Todd Ortolani, Vernon, CT, '70 Nova
Pete Plenninger, Westerly, RI, '62 Bel Air
Kevin Quinn, Chatham, MA, '50 truck
Matthew Smith, Shrewsbury, MA, '87 Monte Carlo Aero Coupe

SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIOR--Ken Faust, Pennsburg, PA, '67 Camaro
BEST PAINT--Kevin McGibney, Deposit, NY, '37 Chevy truck
BEST ENGINE--Tim Mayo, Lewiston, ME, '56 Nomad
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED BY RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC.--
Bill Prizer, Londonderry, NH, '61 Impala
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIES--
Dick & Barbara Lagasse, Enfield, CT, '62 Corvette
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCK--
John Clary, Lexington, MA, '65 Corvair
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREET--
Thomas McGinnity, Arlington, MA, '67 Camaro
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIED--
Dennis Lavallee, Harrisville, RI, '55 Chevy

ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Ron Laplaca, Lowell, MA, '69 Camaro
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERS
Kerri Hebert, Methuen, MA, '81 Pontiac
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC.
Tommy Vinciguerra, W. Islip, NY, '69 Camaro
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCA
Bob Lundrell, Hanson, MA, '67 Camaro
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARD
Lionel Bourgeios, Hooksett, NH, '90 GMC
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD--STREET RODDER MAGAZINE
Dwight & Pauline Winter, S. Windsor, CT, '35 Ford"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD--CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINE
Ron Couillard, Arundel, ME, '55 panel
"OUTSTANDING CUSTOM ROD" AWARD--CUSTOM RODDER MAGAZINE
Paul White, Portland, ME, '49 Chevy
SUPER CHEVY MAGAZINE
30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AWARD
Bill Prizer, Londonderry, NH, '61 Impala

SUNDAY AWARDS

SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARD--WORKMAT
Bob Laplaca, Lowell, MA, '69 Camaro
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD"
FOR OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCE
Ron Ducharme, Windham, NH, '58 Impala
"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD--SOFFSEAL
Dick & Barb Lagasse, Enfield, CT, '62 Corvette
BEST OF GOLD--MODIFIED-- AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Ken Faust, Pennsburg, PA, '67 Camaro
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Tommy Vinciguerra, W. Islip, NY, '69 Camaro

BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURING
Ray Mitchell, S. Glastonbury, CT, '57 Chevy
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEAL
Jack Tomshack, Wilkes Barre, PA, '63 Chevy
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROS
Brian Page, Lynn, MA, '80 Camaro
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUP
Anthony Mattioli, Patterson, NY, '70 Chevelle

BEST CONTEMPORARY--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Darren Fisher, Stratham, NH, '02 Cavalier
BEST CONVERSION--MEGUIAR'S
Kerri Hebert, Methuen, MA, '81 Pontiac

BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINE
Nicole Plourde, E. Hampstead, NH, '01 Corvette

BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTT
Bob & Pat Clinch, E. Hartford, CT, '39 Chevy
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Jim Barber, N. Dartmouth, MA, '71 El Camino
BEST MONTE CARLO--CHEVYMALL.COM
Rick Bicknell, Billerica, MA, '87 Monte Carlo
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUES
Rosemarie Campbell, Newport Richey, FL, '67 Nova
BEST OPEN--MASTERS ENTERTAINMENT
John Clary, Lexington, MA, '65 Corvair
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED--AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTS
Dennis Lavallee, Harrisville, RI, '55 Chevy
BEST TRUCK--STYLIN CONCEPTS
James Gallagher, Orange, MA, '55 truck

CLUB PARTICIPATION
Bunjie's Hot Rod Garage, Brimfield, MA
AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. PARTNERSHIP AWARD
Jack & Sella Tomshack, Wilkes Barre, PA, '63 Chevy
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--DRAG RACE
Jared Kinson, Georgetown, MA, '68 Camaro
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--CAR SHOW
Barry Ward, Worcester, MA
BEST APPEARING CREW--SIMPSON
Buddy Tullis, Old Orchard Beach, ME, '77 Camaro
SUPER CHEVY SHOW YOUNG STAR AWARD
Danny Cuccinello, Lexington, MA, '92 Camaro

GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD PRO--ENGINEERED '67--MODIFIED
Ken Faust, Pennsburg, PA, '67 Camaro

GOLD PRO--ENGINEERED '69--MODIFIED
Tommy Vinciguerra, W. Islip, NY, '69 Camaro

CLASS WINNERS
'55-56-57--STOCK
Ray Mitchell, S. Glastonbury, CT, '57
'55-56-57--STREET
Robert Shone, Salem, NH, '55
'55-56-57--MODIFIED
Tim Mayo, Lewiston, ME, '56
BIG CAR '49-54--MODIFIED
John Fitzpatrick, Wakefield, RI, '53
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCK
Jack Tomshack, Wilkes Barre, PA, '63
BIG CAR '58-89--STREET
Michael Merzigian, Worcester, MA,
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIED
Ron Ducharme, Windham, NH, '58
BIG CAR '90-96--STOCK
Bill & Joann Hill, Tiverton, RI, '96
BIG CAR '90-96--STREET
Alex Jacoby Sr., E. Hartford, CT, '94
BIG CAR '90-96--MODIFIED
Chris Pustizzi, Nashua, NH, '95

CAMARO '67-69--STOCK
Scott Wordsworth, Belchertown, MA, '69
CAMARO '67-69--STOCK
Dave & Sharon Trainor, Colchester, CT, '69
CAMARO '67-69--STREET
Thomas McGinnity, Arlington, MA, '67
CAMARO '67-69--MODIFIED
Al Shone, Lawrence, MA, '69
CAMARO '70-81--STOCK
Chuck Dunlap, Bloomingburg, NY, '72
CAMARO '70-81--STREET
Bart & Beth McCleary, Newtown, CT, '71
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIED
Brian Page, Lynn, MA, '80
CAMARO '82-92--STOCK
Christopher Diehl, Germantown, NY, '89
CAMARO '82-92--STREET
Ernie Gagne, Mirror Lake, NH, '86CAMARO '82-92--MODIFIED
Arthur & Debbie Vaughan, Augusta, ME, '87
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STREET
Deborah Shapiro, Windsor Locks, CT, '00
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Larry DiLeo, Baldwin, NY, '02

CHEVELLE '64-67--STREET
Stephen Dyer, Hermon, ME, '66
CHEVELLE '64-67--MODIFIED
Derek Fletcher, Mattapoisett, MA, '67
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCK
Anthony Mattioli, Patterson, NY, '70
CHEVELLE '68-69--STREET
Mike George, Dover, NH, '69
CHEVELLE '70-71--STREET
Thomas McGinnity, Arlington, MA, '70
CHEVELLE '72 & NEWER--STREET
Lynn Bouvier, Smithfield, RI, '72
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Wayne Magarian, New Boston, NH, '74

CONTEMPORARY--STREET
Darren Fisher, Stratham, NH, '02 Cavalier

CONVERSION '48 & EARLIER--MODIFIED
Dwight Winter, S. Windsor, CT, '35 Ford
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--STOCK
James Gianino, Malden, MA, '00 Trans Am
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--STREET
John Parenteau, Brentwood, NH, '79 Trans Am
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Kerri Hebert, Methuen, MA, '81 Trans Am

CORVETTE '53-67--STOCK
Mike Arsenault, Concord, NH, '66
CORVETTE '53-67--MODIFIED
Dick & Barbara Lagasse, Enfield, CT, '62
CORVETTE '68-82--STOCK
Michael Celuch Jr., Ulster Park, NY, '79
CORVETTE '68-82--STREET
Robert Colletti, Nantucket, MA, '71
CORVETTE '68-82--MODIFIED
Steven & Carol Farrell, Tiverton, RI, '69
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STOCK
Nicole Plourde, E. Hampstead, NH, '01
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER --STREET
Janet Dawes, Stewartsville, NJ, '00

EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIED
Dick Crotty, Manchester, NH, '34
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--STOCK
Joel Kimball, Kennebunk, ME, '40
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIED
Bob & Pat Clinch, E. Hartford, CT, '39

EL CAMINO--STREET
Jim Barber, N. Dartmouth, MA, '71
EL CAMINO--MODIFIED
Don Bertrand, Oxford, MA, '83

MONTE CARLO--STREET
Matthew Smith, Shrewsbury, MA, '87
MONTE CARLO--MODIFIED
Rick Bicknell, Billerica, MA, '87

NOVA '62-67--STOCK
Rosemarie Campbell, Newport Richey, FL, '67
NOVA '62-67--STREET
Pat & Rume Desrosiers, Worcester, MA, '67
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIED
Tom Latta, Westerly, RI, '66
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STOCK
William Carter, Salem, NH, '69
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STREET
Joe Maggio, Londonderry, NH, '70
NOVA '68 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Warren Smith, Greene, ME, '72

OPEN--STOCK
John Clary, Lexington, MA, '65 Corvair
OPEN--STREET
Robert Black, Westfield, MA, '76 Vega
PRO STREET '49 & EARLIER--MODIFIED
Kevin McGibney, Deposit, NY, '37 truck
PRO STREET '50 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Rob Laplaca, Lowell, MA, '69 Camaro

PRO ENGINEERED--MODIFIED
Daniel Bussiere, Auburn, ME, '77 Camaro
STREET CRUISER
Chris LeClair, Bedford, NH, '55 Nomad
STREET CRUISER
Diane Rogers, N. Dartmouth, NH, '50 Mercury

TRUCK '49-72--STOCK
Ron Gaff, Saugus, MA, '55
TRUCK '49-72--STREET
Rich Irving, Lindenwold, NJ, '71
TRUCK '49-72--MODIFIED
James Gallagher, Orange, MA, '55
TRUCK '73-87--STREET
Justin Simpson, Dover, NH, '84
TRUCK '73-87--MODIFIED
Eric Steeves, Moncton, NB--CAN, '79
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--STREET
Joe Parenteau, Exeter, NH, '90
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Michael & Joyce Scott, Cato, NY, '96

4X4 TRUCK--STOCK
Nicholas Humphrey, Shrewsbury, MA, '99
4X4 TRUCK--STREET
Frank Morasca, Taunton, MA, '00
4X4 TRUCK--MODIFIED
Dave Bennett, Gonic, NH, '81

MINI TRUCK--MODIFIED
Rich Laughran Jr., Pittsfield, MA, '82
4X4 MINI TRUCK--MODIFIED
Betty Lindblom, Templeton, MA, '96

SUV--STOCK
Ron Couillard, Arundel, ME, '55
4X4 SUV--STREET
Todd Hamilton, Greenland, NH'72
4X4 MINI SUV--MODIFIED
Matthew Hall, Raynam, MA, '87

DRAG RACE RESULTS

EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CARS
Dani Benea, Windsor Locks, CT, Jr. Dragster
Tommy Biro, Danbury, CT, '78 Malibu
Chris Brosco Jr., E. Providence, RI, '73 Camaro
Michael Couto, Cranston, RI, '74 Nova
Bob DeYoung, Ellington, CT, '73 Camaro
Steve George, Lunenburg, MA, '62 Impala
Ron Godin, Lebanon, ME, '67 Camaro
David Gray, Uncasville, CT, '70 Nova
Don Lord, Ogunquit, ME, '40 Willys
Charlie Rice, Worcester, MA, '67 Nova

BRACKET 1
WINNER--Richard Desjardins, Lowell, MA, '96 Mullis, 7.848 @ 168.91mph
RUNNER-UP--Casey Grubb, Milford, NH, '68 Camaro, 9.497 @ 139.78mph

BRACKET 2
WINNER--Don Pires Jr., Dighton, MA, '69 Nova, 11.508 @ 104.76mph
RUNNER-UP--Wesley Allen, Richmond, VT, '71 Monte Carlo, 11.195 @ 119.19mph

DOT STREET TIRE
WINNER--Jeff Butland, Forestdale, MA, '71 Nova, 12.021 @ 110.82mph
RUNNER-UP--Russell Maciel,
Vineyard Haven, MA, '77 Camaro, 12.223 @ 109.48mph

NITRO COUPES
WINNER--Bruce Boland, Stoney Creek,
ON-CAN, '33 Willys, 6.818 @ 207.94mph
RUNNER-UP--Jim Nordhougen, Longmont, CO, '41 Chevy, 6.817 @ 203.77mph

SATURDAY BRACKET RACE
WINNER--Michele Leo, Westbrook, ME, '64 Corvette
RUNNER-UP--Matt Harper, Wiscasset, ME, '81 Malibu

JUNIOR DRAGSTERS
WINNER--Brian Bell, Lowell, MA, 8.698 @ 67.34mph
RUNNER-UP--Timmy Baptista, Rochester, MA, 9.064 @ 68.96mph

NITRO COUPE POINT STANDINGS
1. Dan Nickelson 105pts.
1. Jim Nordhougen 105
3. Mike Swinarski 85
4. Bruce Boland 65
5. Andy Neyer 30
6. Jerry Hicks 25
7. John Reynolds 25
8. Two Tied 15

2002 EPPING SUPER CHEVY SHOW VENDOR'S LIST

AAAA Toy
Automotive Catalog Supply Company
Bowtie Performance
Bradley's Car Collectibles
Campbell-Ewald
Creb Engineering
Danchuk Manufacturing, Inc.
Dayton Motorsports Video
Double Delight Trailers
Drag-on Novelties
Eagle Equipment
Featherlite Inc.
Flashcards Inc.
High Performance Image (Primedia)
Hilltop Chevrolet
Jake Garcia
K&N Engineering, Inc.
LoneStar - Super Chevy Store
LoneStar Muscle Car (SoffSeal)
Passing Lane, The
Photo Sports
Powder Coating Solutions
Priority Sales
Renegade Custom Coaches & Trailers
Sunoco
Thunder Graphics/ Sticker Spot
Wes Pettengill Collectables

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Gary Irving debuted his "brand new" '37 Chevy Nitro Coupe. Built by Lowdown Hot Rods of Cambridge, Ontario, CAN, this car has unique burnouts owed to the unusual fender skirts. Irving was sorting it out in Epping, but we look forward to seeing this stunning coupe often during the season. Bruce Boland, a fellow Canadian, won the final in Nitro Coupe, defeating Jim Nordhougen with a 6.818-second e.t. to Jim's quicker 6.917 e.t.--you snooze, you lose.

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Dani Beana of Windsor Locks, CT, let dad in on the act when it came time to show off the Editor's Choice Top Ten Drag Car award for the Jr. Dragster.

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Steve George of Lunenburg, MA, often drives his bubbletop '62 bracket racer on the street. We caught him between rounds and gave him an Editor's Choice Top Ten Drag Car award.

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Hard to pass up a car that's been this extensively customized when it's time for the Custom Rodder Magazine Outstanding Custom Rod award. Paul White of Portland, ME, took home the trophy with his beautiful '49 Fleetline. Those headlights are from a new Beetle.

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Training them early is a good way to keep the car dusted and the boys out of trouble.

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Winners all! The Super Chevy show and drag race winners share a smile with the rest of us. Congratulations.

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