One Year Later

Super Chevy in Columbus--A Different World

Tony Kelly Jan 13, 2003 0 Comment(s)

Last year in September we were not even sure we could get a plane to Columbus. When we did, it was almost deserted and very tense. This year, we're used to security checks, no nail clippers, and getting our luggage tossed. Still, we've got a year under our belt, life goes on, especially Super Chevy Shows, and we're happy to be here.

A major attraction for this year's Columbus Super Chevy Show was the benefit auction held in the show tent on Saturday afternoon following the award ceremony. Held to provide much needed assistance to the family of Jet Car driver Jerry Gannon, who we lost in a tragic accident this year at Atlanta Dragway, it brought together show participants, racers, and Manufacturer's Midway folks to bid on an extraordinary collection of unique and valuable items from the world of motorsports (see Bow-Tie Briefs for more details). Of course, what would Columbus be without a record turnout of rabid racers? Ohio has a rich tradition of great drag racers, and whenever we have a Super Chevy Show in the Buckeye State, they come to run by the hundreds. Rain, sleet, or mud doesn't chase them away because they know that if you don't like the weather, stick around--it'll change in 15 minutes. Fortunately, it did and even hard rain could only delay the races, not cancel them. We'll finish Nitro Coupes in Houston and everybody else split the purse.

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Early Chevy street rods are hitting the show scene regularly, and we love it. Wayne Bishop from Findlay, OH, rolled in with his '34 Chevy and rolled out with the Street Rodder magazine Outstanding Street Rod award.

Jon Pastucha brought his great '63 Impala convertible from Plymouth, MI. He was our choice for SUPER CHEVY Magazine's 30th Anniversary Award.

How often do we find two ultra-cool '62 wagons at a Super Chevy Show, both owned by teenagers? Victor Ramey of Columbus, OH (left), was aided by the Make-A-Wish foundation in completing his wagon after he purchased it and became seriously ill. He and his '62 are back on their feet. Jason Pilkenton of Germantown, OH, drives his very well-done nitrous-equipped hauler to high school. Both of these young Chevy fans took home Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car awards.

It's not the Michael Waltrip look-alike winner, but Matt DeJorg, Grand Rapids, MI, and his dad are showing off the Young Star Award along with Matt's '87 Camaro.

Linda Williams of Smock, PA, and her family celebrate receiving the Trim Parts Best Corvette award, given in association with Vette magazine. Bill Clatty of Trim Parts gave the award for this sparkling '67.

There's something about Bruce Boland's Nitro Coupe and the way it looks doing a burnout that typifies what we love about all the Nitro Coupes; they're doorslammers, they crank thousands of horsepower, they make lots of noise and smoke, and they go incredibly fast.

Editor's Choice Top Ten Drag Cars

DRAG RACE RESULTS
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CARS
Jerry Caudill, Hilliard, OH, '96 Impala SS Don Day, Bruin, PA, '67 Chevy II
Vince Galati, Butler, PA, '70 Monte Carlo
Tim Jenkins, Springfield, OH, '59 Corvette
Joe Oiler, Plain City, OH, '55 Chevy
Matt Potts, Minford, OH, '67 Camaro
Mitch Shomber, Westerville, OH, Jr. Dragster
Jon Shook, Reynoldsburg, OH, '68 Chevelle
Phil & Pete Silardi, South Gate, MI, '71 Impala
Danny Waddle, Pickerington, OH, '69 Malibu

SATURDAY BRACKET RACE
WINNER--Jim Partee, Ashville, OH, 66 Chevy II, 9.116 @ 145.42mph
RUNNER-UP--Glenn James, Canal Winchester, OH, 95 Camaro Z-28, 12.563 @ 109.77mph
All other races
Rain-out, final will run at Houston
 
Correction:
Winner of Best El Camino at Norwalk was Russ & Pam Laird, Hermitage, PA, 65 El Camino

2002 COLUMBUS SUPER CHEVY
SHOW STATS
SATURDAY AWARDS
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
Dan Burke, Farmington, MI, '55 Nomad Bill Kilkeary, Eighty Four, PA, '66 Chevy
Charles Kiser, Fairborn, OH, '67 Nova Tim Layne, Troy, OH, '70 Camaro
Randy Leibrock, Galloway, OH, '66 Corvette Don Main, South Point, OH, '87 S-10
Paul Moore II, New Marshfield, OH, '69 Camaro Jason Pilkenton, Germantown, OH, '62 wagon
Victor Ramey, Columbus, OH, '62 wagon Dennis Wilt, London, OH, '64 Malibu
SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIOR--Scott West, Athens, OH, '70 Camaro BEST PAINT--Dave Brooks, Westerville, OH, '67 Camaro
BEST ENGINE--Brent & Lori Clark, Coshocton, OH, '55 Chevy BEST DETAIL SPONSORED BY RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC.--Gary Young, Lancaster, OH, '57 Chevy
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIES--Roger Wellman, Galion, OH, '86 S-10 BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCK--Ancil Cross, Jackson, OH, '57 Chevy
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREET--
Tom & Lynn Niesley, Clayton, OH, '67 Chevelle
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIED--
Mark Robinette, The Plains, OH, '67 Chevelle
ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Bill Kunkel, Jefferson Hills, PA, '68 Camaro
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERS
Wanda Cross, Jackson, OH, '67 Corvette
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC.
Fred Hoyle, Pickerington, OH, '97 truck
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCA
Bob Bertelsen, Columbiana, OH, '67 Camaro
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARD
Carolyn Miller, Royersford, PA, '95 truck
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD--
STREET RODDER MAGAZINE
Wayne Bishop, Findlay, OH, '34 Chevy coupe
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD--
CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINE
Bob Funtjar, Reynoldsburg, OH, '57 Cameo
SUPER CHEVY MAGAZINE 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AWARD
Jon Pastucha, Plymouth, MI, '63 Impala
COOLEST CHEVROLET IN CENTRAL OHIO AWARD--SPONSORED BY NEWSPAPER NETWORK OF CENTRAL OHIO
Gary Young, Lancaster, OH, '57 Chevy
 

SUNDAY AWARDS
SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARD--WORKMAT
Terry Toms, Bedford, VA, '65 Chevelle
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD" FOR OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCE
Bob Bertelsen, Columbiana, OH, '67 Camaro
Charles Kiser, Fairborn, OH, '67 Nova"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD--SOFFSEAL
Ancil Cross, Jackson, OH, '57 Chevy
BEST OF GOLD--STOCK--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Jerry Beasley, Hazel Green, KY, '69 Chevelle
BEST OF GOLD--STREET--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Gary Trahan, Houma, LA, '69 Camaro
BEST OF GOLD--MODIFIED--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Jerry Kovacek, Medina, OH, '39 Chevy
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Wanda Cross, Jackson, OH, '67 Corvette
BEST PAINT GOLD CLASS--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Gary Young, Lancaster, OH, '57 Chevy
BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURING
Brent & Lori Clark, Coshocton, OH, '55 Chevy
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEAL
Tom Ratliff, Dayton, OH, '50 Chevy
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROS
Scott West, Athens, OH, '70 Camaro
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUP
Steve & Bev West, Normal, IL, '72 Chevelle
BEST CONTEMPORARY--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Erik Smith, Lincoln, IL, '00 Monte Carlo
BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINE
Linda Williams, Smock, PA, '67 Corvette
BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTT
Wayne Bishop, Findlay, OH, '34 Chevy coupe
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Bob Inhoff, Jeannette, PA, '70 El Camino
BEST MONTE CARLO--CHEVYMALL.COM
Jim McLaughlin, Cambridge, ON-Canada, '71
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUES
Tony Smith, Tiffin, OH, '70 Nova
BEST OPEN--MASTERS ENTERTAINMENT
David Heermans, Parkersburg, WV, '65 Corvair
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED--
AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTS
Roger Wellman, Galion, OH, '86 S-10
BEST TRUCK--STYLIN CONCEPTS
Paul Hemminger, Tiffin, OH, '58 truck
CLUB PARTICIPATION
OASIS- Ohio Area Society for the Impala SS
AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. PARTNERSHIP AWARD
Emily Clark, Coshocton, OH
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--DRAG RACE
Jim Skinner, Chillicothe, OH, '00 Dragster
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--CAR SHOW
Dave Chase, Columbus, OH, '69 Camaro
BEST APPEARING CREW--SIMPSON
Tanya Tunnell-Brewer, Tunnell Racing, Lebanon, IN
SUPER CHEVY SHOW YOUNG STAR AWARD
Matt DeJorg, Grand Rapids, MI, '87 Camaro
 

GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD '55-57--STOCK Gary Young, Lancaster, OH, '57 GOLD CAMARO '67-69--STREET Gary Trahan, Houma, LA, '69
GOLD CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCK
Jerry Beasley, Hazel Green, KY, '69
GOLD CORVETTE '53-67--STOCK Wanda Cross, Jackson, OH, '67
GOLD EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIED
Jerry Kovacek, Medina, OH, '39
 
CLASS WINNERS
SPECIAL INTEREST--MODIFIED Brett Young, Fairborn, OH, '57 '55-56-57--STOCK Ancil Cross, Jackson, OH, '57
'55-56-57--STREET Glenn Burkett, Burket, IN, '57 '55-56-57--MODIFIED Brent & Lori Clark, Coshocton, OH, '55
BIG CAR '49-54--STREET David Potter, New Lexington, OH, '54 BIG CAR '49-54--MODIFIED Tom Ratliff, Dayton, OH, '50
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCK Bob Webster, Northville, MI, '62
BIG CAR '58-89--STREET Bill Kilkeary, Eighty Four, PA, '66
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIED Victor Ramey, Columbus, OH, '62
BIG CAR '90-96--STOCK Susan Pelon, Pataskala, OH, '94
BIG CAR '90-96--STREET Jeff Trammel, Cincinnati, OH, '95
CAMARO '67-69--STOCK Dan & Jan Owen, Lewisburg, OH, '67
CAMARO '67-68--STREET
Charles Mills, New Philadelphia, OH, '67
CAMARO '69--STREET Paul Moore II, New Marshfield, OH, '69
CAMARO '67--STREET Bob Bertelsen, Columbiana, OH, '67
CAMARO '68-69--MODIFIED Don Hendrickson, Medina, OH, '69
CAMARO '70-81--STREET Charles Brisco, Madison, TN, '79
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIED Scott West, Athens, OH, '70
CAMARO '82-92--STOCK Jerry & Dee Franz, Mt. Vernon, OH, '92
CAMARO '82-92--STREET Matt DeJorg, Grand Rapids, '87
CAMARO '82-92--MODIFIED Gary Gutschmidt, Parma, OH, '85
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STOCK Ken Clark, Hazel Green, KY, '95
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STREET
Anthony Viano, Boardman, OH, '96
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Ray Williams, Columbus, OH, '94
CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCK
Charles Harry Jones, Newcomerstown, OH, '67
CHEVELLE '64-67--STREET
Tom & Lynn Niesley, Clayton, OH, '67
CHEVELLE '64-67--MODIFIED
Jack Lee, Livonia, MI, '67
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCK
Gina Marion, Johnstown, OH, '69
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STREET
Guy Larsen, Orland Park, IL, '70
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIED
Steve & Bev West, Normal, IL, '72
CONTEMPORARY--STOCK
Linda Pollock, Washington Court House, OH, '00 Monte Carlo
CONTEMPORARY--STREET
Eric Smith, Lincoln, IL, '00 Monte Carlo
CORVETTE '53-67--STOCK
Bud St. Clair, Nashport, OH, '60
CORVETTE '53-67--STREET
Linda Williams, Smock, PA, '67
CORVETTE '68-82--STOCK
Daryl Limings, Thornville, OH, '70
CORVETTE '68-82--MODIFIED
Rick Mitchell, Newark, OH, '77
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STREET
Mike Reddy, Westerville, OH, '01
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIED
Wayne Bishop, Findlay, OH, '34
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIED
Mike & Jo Conklin, Dayton, OH, '37
EL CAMINO--STOCK Bob Inhoff, Jeannette, PA, '70
EL CAMINO--STREET James O'Neal, Marysville, OH, '70
EL CAMINO--MODIFIED Jack Massey, Pickerington, OH, '85
MONTE CARLO--STOCK Tod Peters, North East, PA, '70
MONTE CARLO--STREET Len Waites, Trenton, OH, '72
MONTE CARLO '70's--MODIFIED Kevin Mayle, Zanesville, OH, '87
MONTE CARLO '80's--MODIFIED
Jim McLaughlin, Cambridge, ON-Canada, '71
NOVA '62-67--STOCK Vicki Childers, Mentor, OH, '66
NOVA '62-67--STREET Paul Burkett, Nashport, OH, '63
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIED James Haggerty, Washington, PA, '64
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STOCK Pete George, Reynoldsburg, OH, '69
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STREET Lyall & Gail Sine, Fairview, WV, '70
NOVA '68 & NEWER--MODIFIED Tony Smith, Tiffin, OH, '70
OPEN--STOCK Evan Gillette, Englewood, OH, '65 Corvair
OPEN--MODIFIED David Heermans, Parkersburg, WV, '65 Corvair
PRO STREET--MODIFIED Gabby Young, Fairborn, OH, '67 Biscayne
PRO STREET CAMARO--MODIFIED Tom Dutton, Columbus, OH, '67
PRO STREET TRUCK--MODIFIED Roger Wellman, Galion, OH, '86
PRO ENGINEERED--MODIFIED Terry Toms, Bedford, VA, '65 Chevelle
STREET CRUISER Mark Whitman, Plain City, OH, '65 Nova
STREET CRUISER Samuel Husk, Adamsville, OH, '55 Chevy
TRUCK '49-72--STREET Victor Dance, Flat Rock, IN, '72
TRUCK '49-72--MODIFIED Paul Hemminger, Tiffin, OH, '58
TRUCK '73-87--STOCK Brad Dennis, Cambridge, OH, '80
TRUCK '73-87--STREET Ralph "Windy" Roach, Ironton, OH, '80
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--STREET Dave Bonk, Pewee Valley, KY, '90
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--MODIFIED Fred Hoyle, Pickerington, OH, '97
4X4 TRUCK--STOCK Gene Morris, Campton, KY, '94
4X4 TRUCK--STREET Harry Lindamood, West Mifflin, OH, '96
MINI TRUCK--MODIFIED Tae Lea Braughton, Eaton, OH, '01
4X4 MINI TRUCK--STREET Carolyn Miller, Royersford, PA, '95
SUV--MODIFIED Tom Spaulding, Indianapolis, IN, '64
4X4 SUV--STREET David M. Irwin, Bremen, OH, '90
MINI SUV--STREET Dave Bishop, Reynoldsburg, OH, '92
MINI SUV--MODIFIED Scott Brown, Frazeysburg, OH, '93

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