Georgia Stays on our Mind

Record-Setting Atlanta Super Chevy Show Clouded by Tragedy

Tony Kelly Sep 18, 2002 0 Comment(s)

Saturday, May 31, dawned bright and shiny--another glorious day in the South. Record numbers of cars were in the show area and in the race pits. Thousands of fans poured in to admire the gleaming machines. When it was time for the Pro Show, the crowd lining the drag strip was "standing room only." Nitro Coupes were impressive with wild burnouts and great runs. Then, we watched as Jerry Gannon's Jet Funny Car veered left across the track, missing competitor Al Hanna, and crashed heavily into the wall. The car erupted into flames and careened upside-down back into the right lane, striking that wall. Gannon, one of the most well-liked and talented drivers anywhere, was taken by helicopter to the Grady Hospital in Atlanta (the Atlanta Super Chevy Show is actually in Commerce, Georgia, approximately 75 miles from Atlanta) where he died early Sunday morning.

When people come to Super Chevy Shows, they recognize there is almost a family atmosphere present. The people who work to put on the event and those who enter cars to race or show become good friends over a season or more. For each and every person at Atlanta, there was genuine shock. Many people came to the Super Chevy Show staff expressing their regrets and understanding if the event were to be concluded immediately. Rather than shut down Saturday, the difficult decision was made to attempt something normal in the face of this extraordinary occurrence. Over the rest of Saturday and until the early conclusion of the show on Sunday afternoon, there was comfort from being in the company of so many who genuinely cared about each other.

Super Chevy Show coverage isn't supposed to be somber. We look forward to seeing great cars and great people and having fun. We will again, beginning with the very next show in Bristol. Every once in a while, though, we are reminded that we aren't in a vacuum and that Super Chevy Shows live in the real world--all the more reason to enjoy being at the show when we can.

2002 ATLANTA SUPER CHEVY SHOW VENDOR'S LIST
AAAA Toy
Advantage Tools
Ausley's Chevelle Parts, Inc.
Automotive Catalog Supply Company
Bel Air Classics
BlueGrass Classics
Bowtie Performance
Bradley's Car Collectibles
Brodix
Buff's Tools & Equipment
C&C Enterprises
Caldwell Classic Chevy
Camaro Specialty
Carter Auto Restoration Service
CFM Motorsports
Checkered Racing
Danchuk Manufacturing, Inc.
Dawnee & Boys
Dayton Motorsports Video
Discount Auto Watches
Don Garlits Museum
Double Nickel Chevy, Inc.
F.A.S.T. (Florida Auto Specialties & Tools)
Florida Auto Fastener
Gene Clayton Signs
Graphics Wizard
High Performance Image (Primedia)
Hoppin Hot Rods
Hubbard's Impala Parts
J&W Nova
Jake Gracia
Jerry's Classics
K-Town Speed & Custom
Kenny's Trucks Inc.
Ken's Hubcaps
LoneStar -- Super Chevy Store
LoneStar Muscle Car (SoffSeal)
Mayer Chevrolet Oldsmobile
McCutcheon's Alternative Health
Meguiar's
Memory Lane Collectibles
Minnesota Pneumatic Products
Performance Parts Plus
Permanent Restoration
Pivotal Industries
Priority Sales
Renegade Custom Coaches & Trailers
Rich Dailey -- Sunglasses
Rick's First Generation Camaros
Rise & Shine Enterprises
Rose's Glasses
T.O.C. Classic
Terry Palmer
Texas Strippers
Top Gun Sales
USA Snake Oyl Products, Inc.
Vintage Glass
West Point Automotive
Year One, Inc.

2002 ATLANTA SUPER CHEVY SHOW STATS

SATURDAY AWARDS

EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
Randy Abercrombie, Gray, GA, '64 Chevy II wagon
Al Adams, Peachtree City, GA, '72 Nova
Simon Duffey, Rossville, GA, '66 Malibu
John Garrett, Douglasville, GA, '68 Impala
Robert Geltz, Lawrenceville, GA, '70 Malibu
Lamar Johnson, Lithonia, GA, '70 Monte Carlo
Emory Martin, Flowery Branch, GA, '55 Chevy
Mike Moody, Franklin, KY, '96 Impala SS
Ricky Payne, Gainesville, GA, '67 Nova SS
Bud Walton, Alto, GA, '69 Camaro SS convertible

SPECIALTY AWARDS

BEST INTERIOR--
Danny Wilder, Conyers, GA, '55 Nomad
BEST PAINT--
Wayne Qualls, Hixson, TN, '73 Camaro
BEST ENGINE--
Terry Toms, Bedford, VA, '65 Malibu
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED BY RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC.--
Johnny Johnson, Centerville, GA, '69 Camaro
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIES--
Richard Boyd, Albany, GA, '66 Nova
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCK--
Donald Sanders, Seminole, AL, '57 Chevy Convt.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREET--
Ray Banks, Tullahoma, TN, '69 Camaro
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIED--
Mike Black, Anderson, SC, '55 Chevy

ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Tim Hansard, Cumming, GA, '69 Camaro
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERS
Dave Whitchurch, Englewood, OH, '54 Corvette

"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC.
Scott Found, Fayetteville, GA, '63 Corvette
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCA
Sam Archer, Cantonment, FL, '41 Willys
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARD
Chuck Mulkey, Iva, SC, '89 truck
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD--STREET RODDER MAGAZINE
Mike Haynes, Valdosta, GA, '32 Ford
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD--CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINE
Bennie Darnell, Canton, GA, '63 truck
"OUTSTANDING CUSTOM ROD" AWARD--CUSTOM RODDER MAGAZINE
Sam Turner, Roebuck, SC, '35 Chevy coupe
SUPER CHEVY MAGAZINE 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AWARD
Steven Ciancio, N. Myrtle Beach, SC, '57 Chevy

SUNDAY AWARDS

SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARD--WORKMAT
Richard Boyd, Albany, GA, '66 Nova
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD" FOR OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCE
Mike Black, Anderson, SC, '55 Chevy
"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD--SOFFSEAL
Carl Leach, Dacula, GA, '67 Nova

BEST OF GOLD--STOCK--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Lindy Farmer, Ellenwood, GA, '69 Camaro
BEST OF GOLD--STREET--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Gary Trahan, Houma, LA, '69 Camaro
BEST OF GOLD--MODIFIED--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
B.B. Bowles, Union Grove, NC, '55 truck
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Johnny Norrell, Cumming, GA, '67 Camaro
BEST PAINT GOLD CLASS--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
James Carswell, Hickory, NC, '48 truck

BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURING
William Dover, Marion, NC, '57 Chevy
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEAL
Barry Camp, Monroe, GA, '62 Chevy
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROS
Tim Hansard, Cumming, GA, '69 Camaro
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUP
Simon Duffey, Rossville, GA, '66 Chevelle
BEST CONTEMPORARY--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Danny Williams, Powder Springs, GA,'02 Monte Carlo
BEST CONVERSION--MEGUIAR'S
Mike Haynes, Valdosta, GA, '32 Ford
BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINE
Chris Green, Dunlap, TN, '00 Corvette
BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTT
Debbie Daniels, Enka, NC, '39 Chevy
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Wayne Banister, Marietta, GA, '76 El Camino
BEST MONTE CARLO--CHEVYMALL.COM
Shelby Chan, Pilot Knob, MO, '83 Monte Carlo
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUES
Danny Boatner, Flat Rock, AL, '66 Nova
BEST OPEN--MASTERS ENTERTAINMENT
Les Campbell, Roswell, GA, '60 Corvair
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED-- AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTS
Terry Toms, Bedford, VA, '65 Chevelle
BEST TRUCK--SYLIN CONCEPTS
Bill Gaines, Murfreesboro, TN, '95 truck

CLUB PARTICIPATION

GASSIT, Atlanta, GA
AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. PARTNERSHIP AWARD
Dave Whitchurch, Englewood, OH, Multiple Corvettes
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--DRAG RACE
Billy Thigpen, Flowery Branch, GA, '79 Malibu
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--CAR SHOW
Charles Sudderth, Buford, GA, '71 Camaro

GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD '55-57--STOCK
Steven Ciancio, N. Myrtle Beach, SC, '57
GOLD '67 CAMARO--STOCK
Johnny Norrell, Cumming, GA, '67
GOLD '69 CAMARO--STOCK
Lindy Farmer Jr., Ellenwood, GA, '69
GOLD '69 CAMARO--STREET
Gary Trahan, Houma, LA, 69
GOLD '48 PRO-STREET--MODIFIED
James Carswell, Hickory, NC, '48 truck

GOLD '55 PRO-STREET--MODIFIED
B.B. Bowles, Union Grove, NC, '55 truck
CLASS WINNERS
'55-56-57--STOCK
Donald Sanders, Seminole, AL, '57
'55-56-57--STREET
Judie Fulbright, Toccoa, GA, '57
'55 NOMAD--MODIFIED
Danny Shirley, Lilburn, GA, '55
'55 210--MODIFIED
Mike Black, Williamston, SC, '55
'55 BEL AIR CONVERTIBLE & HARDTOP--MODIFIED
Truman Morgan, Burkesville, KY, '55
'55 BEL AIR SEDAN--MODIFIED
Marcus Satterfield, Cumming, GA, '55
'56--MODIFIED
Wayne Nix, Dahlonega, GA, '56
'57--MODIFIED
William Dover, Marion, NC, '57

BIG CAR '49-54--STOCK
Johnny Carson, Lawrenceville, GA, '50
BIG CAR '49-54--MODIFIED
Bryan Parish, Macon, GA, '49
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCK
Barry Camp, Monroe, GA, '62
BIG CAR '58-89--STREET
Mike Hatley, Monroe, NC, '68
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIED
Don Matthews, Byron, GA, '63
BIG CAR '90-96--STOCK
G. Dennis Adams, Campobello, SC, '95
BIG CAR '90-96--STREET
Mike Moody, Franklin, KY, '96
BIG CAR '90-96--MODIFIED
John Crafteseth, Lawrenceville, GA, '96

CAMARO '67-69 Z/28--STOCK
Dwight Fry, Cleveland, GA, '69
CAMARO '67-69 OTHERS--STOCK
Stan Younts, Lexington, NC, '69
CAMARO '67-68--STREET
Jimmie Derr, Bonaire, GA, '68
CAMARO '69 CONVERTIBLE--STREET
Tony Conner, Bethlehem, GA, '69
CAMARO '69 HARDTOP--STREET
Ray Banks, Tullahoma, TN, '69
CAMARO '67-69--MODIFIED
Tim Hansard, Cumming, GA, '69
CAMARO '70-81--STREET
Wayne Qualls, Hixson, TN, '73
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIED
Frank Roche Jr., Braselton, GA, '79
CAMARO '82-92--STOCK
Rusty Ragsdale, Marietta, GA, '87
CAMARO '82-92--STREET
Pamela Bloodworth, Manchester, GA, '88
CAMARO '82-92--MODIFIED
Kari Collins, Newnan, GA, '88
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STOCK
Edith Norrell, Cumming, GA, '02
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STREET
Michael Jira, Bethlehem, GA, '95
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Rod Harris, Stockbridge, GA, '01

CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCK
Wender Bulloch, Flowery Branch, GA, '66
CHEVELLE '64-67--STREET
Simon Duffey, Rossville, GA, '66
CHEVELLE '64-67--MODIFIED
Alex DiAmbrose, Suwanee, GA, '67
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCK
David Jones, Bessemer City, NC, '70
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STREET
Phil Turner, Locust Grove, GA, '69
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Robert Ellison, Kennesaw, GA, '70

CONTEMPORARY--STREET
Danny Williams, Powder Springs, GA, '02 Monte Carlo
CONVERSION '48 & EARLIER--MODIFIED
Mike Haynes, Valdosta, GA, '32 Ford
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--STREET
Shannon Haag, Jonesboro, GA, '87 Firebird
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Danny Wilder, Conyers, GA, '55 Nomad

CORVETTE '53-67--STOCK
Wilfred & Sue Boutilier, Dawsonville, GA, '57
CORVETTE '53-67--STREET
Larry Dodson, Snellville, GA, '67
CORVETTE '53-67--MODIFIED
Scott Found, Fayetteville, GA, '63
CORVETTE '68-82--STOCK
Andy Tullos, Lawrenceville, GA, '69
CORVETTE '68-82--STREET
Tony Black, Gainesville, GA, '69
CORVETTE '68-82--MODIFIED
Mike Hisky, Stone Mountain, GA, '81
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STOCK
Gary Woods, Snellville, GA, '02
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER --STREET
Chris Green, Dunlap, TN, '00

EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIED
Nicky Reynolds, Lavonia, GA, '34
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIED
Debbie Daniels, Enka, NC, '39

EL CAMINO--STREET
Len Sturdivant, Lilburn, GA, '71
EL CAMINO--MODIFIED
Wayne Banister, Marietta, GA, '76

MONTE CARLO--STOCK
Lamar Johnson, Lithonia, GA, '70
MONTE CARLO '70--STREET
Creed Poole, Sale Creek, TN, '70
MONTE CARLO '71 & NEWER--STREET
Ian Novinger, Riverview, FL, '71
MONTE CARLO--MODIFIED
Shelby Chan, Pilot Knob, MO, '83

NOVA '62-67--STOCK
Marvin Allemand, Raceland, LA, '67
NOVA '62-67--STREET
Mike Janco, Auburn, GA, '66
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIED
Carl Leach, Dacula, GA, '67
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STOCK
Mark Nesmith, Boston, GA, '70
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STREET
Al Adams, Peachtree City, GA, '72
NOVA '68 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Dwayne Jackson, Cumming, GA, '72

OPEN--STOCK
Les Campbell, Roswell, GA, '60 Corvair
OPEN--STREET
Tim Gippert, Cartersville, GA, '67 Corvair
PRO STREET--MODIFIED
Steve Priest, Dallas, GA, '67 Chevelle
PRO STREET TRUCK--MODIFIED
Lee Gottschall, Lilburn, GA, '70 El Camino
PRO ENGINEERED--MODIFIED
Richard Boyd, Albany, GA, '66 Nova
STREET CRUISER
Freddy Smith, Athens, TN, '82 Malibu wagon
STREET CRUISER
Wayne Carter, Lawrenceville, GA, '66 Nova SS

TRUCK '49-72--STOCK
Greg Cheek, Cumming, GA, '72
TRUCK '49-72--STREET
Johnny Golden, Pickens, SC, '72
TRUCK '49-59--MODIFIED
Jim Seaborn, Pickens, SC, '53
TRUCK '60-72--MODIFIED
Bennie Darnell, Canton, GA, '63
TRUCK '73-87--STREET
Erik Carter, Toccoa, GA, '85
TRUCK '73-87--MODIFIED
Tressa Gerber, Hoschton, GA, '78
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--STREET
Jim Keith, Pickens, SC, '00
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Bill Gaines, Murfreesboro, TN, '95

4X4 TRUCK--STREET
Robert Cecil, Chapel Hill, NC, '00
4X4 TRUCK--MODIFIED
Dale Hall, Lottsburg, VA, '97
MINI TRUCK--STOCK
Sly Brisco, Boyce, VA, '97
MINI TRUCK--STREET
Eddie McMichael, Grantville, GA, '00
MINI TRUCK--MODIFIED
Brian Christopher, Duluth, GA, '00
4X4 MINI TRUCK--STREET
Lee Dykes, W. Columbia, SC, '91
SUV--STREET
Jimmy Powell, Alpharetta, GA, '87
SUV--MODIFIED
James Shumate, Belton, SC, '98
4X4 SUV--MODIFIED
David Belt, Lawrenceville, GA, '88
4X4 MINI SUV--STREET
David Partain, Hartwell, GA, '87

DRAG RACE RESULTS

EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CARS
Denise Buckner, Savannah, GA, '69 Camaro
Scott Cope, Lawrenceville, GA, '66 Nova
Kenny Danner, Tallahassee, FL, '78 Malibu
Gary & Rachel Hanson, Loganville, GA, '69 Malibu
Ernest Matthews, Columbia, SC, '65 Chevy II
Taylor Ramsey, Commerce, GA, Jr. Dragster
Leslie Smith, Fayetteville, GA, '69 Camaro
Ronnie Smith, Grayson, GA, '67 Camaro
Carolyn Turner, Greer, SC, '30 roadster
Robert Zayas, Lawrenceville, GA, '66 Nova

BRACKET 1
WINNER--
Donny Brown Jr., Buford, GA,
'95 Spitzer dragster, 5.174 @ 133.94mph
RUNNER-UP--
Michael Dike Sr., Hampton, GA,
'00 Worthy dragster, 5.348 @ 130.44mph

BRACKET 2
WINNER--
Stephen Daniel, Covington, GA, '83 S-10, 7.713 @ 89.46mph
RUNNER-UP--
Ben Frederick, Cartersville, GA, '65 Nova, 7.027 @ 95.75mph

DOT STREET TIRE
WINNER--
Ashley Foreman, New Ellenton, SC,
'85 C-10, 13.485 @ 92.21mph
RUNNER-UP--
Steve Taylor, Raleigh, NC,
'94 Cavalier Z-24, 17.027 @ 78.12mph

NITRO COUPES
WINNER--
Dan Nickelson, LaVerne, CA, '94 Beretta
RUNNER-UP--
Jim Nordhougen, Longmont, CO, '41 Chevy

SATURDAY BRACKET RACE
WINNER--
Jim McKelvey, Snellville, GA, 5.344 @ 126.77mph
RUNNER-UP--
Toby Barnes, Palmetto, GA, 7.705 @ 90.73mph

JUNIOR DRAGSTERS
WINNER--
Alton Clements III, Central, SC, 8.102 @ 76.66mph
RUNNER-UP--
Harvey Snelgrove, Dahlonega, GA, 10.383 @ 60.48mph

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You have to get the panels very straight to risk painting a show car black. Simon Duffey of Rossville, GA, did just that with his '66 Malibu and it earned an Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car award.

Nicky Reynolds' '34 Master Coupe had tons of custom work done. It was awarded the Early Chevrolet '35 & Earlier-Modified class win.

Bob Hall retired the "Paddy Wagon" wheelstander at the end of last season. He's still doing quarter-mile two-wheel runs, though, but now it's in his new AstroVan Airborne Express. Race fans love it.

What a great '39! Debbie Daniels from Enka, NC, earned the Kimberly-Clark Scott-sponsored Best Early Chevrolet award for this beautifully done early model.

Big Impala SSs are popular with Super Chevy fans. Mike Moody, from Franklin, KY, did lots of custom work in the engine compartment and got the stance of his '96 Impala SS just right. This car was awarded an Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car award.

Maybe the owner got tired of having his '57 called a "doorslammer."

Ricky Payne's Gainesville, GA, '67 Nova is a great one. His Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car award isn't bad either.

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