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Three Days In Thunder Valley

Chevys Dominate Year One's Bristol Bash

Year One's Fall Automotive Nationals came back to Tennessee's racing mecca. Over 400 vehicles made it to Bristol Dragway. Rain did end up cutting out most of the events on Sunday, but attendance doubled from last year; word is spreading fast that the Bristol Bash is an event not to be missed.

Amongst a sea of Bow-Tie winners, the biggest catch of the weekend was made by Doug Nichols of Statesville, North Carolina. Doug and his father spent 18 months painstakingly restoring his '67 Nova SS. During that time, they custom-fabricated several pieces and added a 346ci LS1, mated to a T56 six-speed transmission. As the Year One Cup winner, Doug not only won the cup itself, but a $5,000 gift certificate from Year One.

Close competition was present on the dragstrip. Racers "run what they brung" in the Muscle on the Mountain classes and challenge all comers in the True Street class. Muscle on the Mountain racers were split up with each Year One catalog line having its own class in addition to an open class to make sure everyone who wanted to compete had the opportunity. True Street entries were limited to fully licensed and insured street-legal vehicles, including D.O.T.-approved tires and full exhaust--no cars with gutted interiors or non-functioning lights, wipers, horns, and windows. Competitors went on a 30-mile cruise, followed immediately by three consecutive passes down the track. Tire pressure and safety-related adjustments were the only changes allowed prior to any of the runs. Winners in Muscle on the Mountain were determined by the quickest e.t. in each class, while True Street winners were determined by the quickest average e.t. after three runs.

The Factory Appearing, Stock Tire (F.A.S.T.) invitational shootout was a big hit with the Bristol crowd. Cars that appear to be factory stock from the golden age of performance ('55-74) duke it out on the track for top honors. The reality is these cars are highly tweaked with extensive internal engine modifications and porting to extract maximum performance without compromising their stock appearance or sound. It's amazing to watch these cars hook better on narrow repop redlines (chemically treated, of course) than many late models with the latest in drag radial technology. Nitrous oxide is strictly forbidden and punishable by a lifetime ban.

A huge Manufacturer Midway was packed with the latest in go-fast and reproduction parts, while a swap meet held the possibility of yielding hidden gems. The car corral tempted everyone to make a little more space in their garage, and the NASCAR driving simulator allowed people to live out their racing fantasies, if only for a few minutes.

Mark your calendars now for the third weekend in October and check Year One's Web site for updates (www.yearone.com), because the Bash will be back at Bristol for another great weekend.

Bristol Bash Winners

Year One Cup

Winner Doug Nichols 1967 Chevy Nova SS
Finalists Lee Barnes 1965 Pontiac GTO
  Ed Vannoy 1966 Chevy II Nova
F.A.S.T. Winners 1st Greg Gessler 1972 GS Stage 1
  2nd Joel Nystrom 1967 Hemi GTX
   
True Street Winners: 1st John Phillips 1974 Datsun 260Z
  2nd Nick Yarber 1995 Mustang
Muscle on the Mountain Winners 1964-1972 Chevelle/El Camino/Monte Carlo 1st Bob Perrot 1967 Chevelle
  2nd Herbert Lumpp 1966 El Camino
1962-1974 Chevy II/Nova 1st Jason Newton 1967 Nova Wagon
  2nd Greg Grindstaff 1969 Nova
1967-1981 Camaro 1st Daniel Caufman 1969 Camaro
  2nd Sherry Silver 1973 Camaro
1978-1988 Chevrolet Malibu and Monte Carlo, Pontiac Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Cutlass/442, Buick Regal/Grand National/GNX, and El Camino/GMC Sprint 1st David Allison 1987 Grand National
  2nd Dustin Hollingsworth 1986 Grand National
1967-1987 Chevy and GMC Trucks 1st Freddie Coleman 1972 Chevy C-10
1982-02 Camaro and Firebird
1st Skeeter Breeden 1993 Trans Am
  2nd Chris Dixon 1993 Trans Am
1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
1st Don Dixon 1996 Impala SS
  2nd Terry Kehne 1996 Impala SS
Open Class for vehicles that do not fit into the above classes
1st John Silver 1985 Chevrolet S-10
Car Show Winners  
1964-1972 Chevelle/El Camino/Monte Carlo
1st Jeff & Dawn Spencer 1969 Chevelle SS
  2nd Billy Moose 1970 Chevelle
1962-1974 Chevy II/Nova
1st Ed Vannoy 1966 Nova
  2nd Doug Nichols 1967 Nova
1967-1981 Camaro
1st Bill Duncan 1969 Camaro RS
  2nd Jim McDowell 1970 Camaro
1958-1972 Impala/Bel Air/Biscayne/Caprice/'59-'60 El Camino
1st Don Smith 1959 El Camino
  2nd John & Misti Silver 1964 Impala SS
1978-1988 Chevrolet Malibu and Monte Carlo, Pontiac Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Cutlass/442,Buick Regal/Grand National/GNX, and El Camino/GMC Sprint 1st Paul Carter 1987 Buick Grand National
  2nd Steve Kovacs 1981 Malibu
1967-1987 Chevy and GMC Trucks
1st Jerry Rogers 1972 Cheyenne
  2nd Jim Bright 1971 Cheyenne
1982-02 Camaro and Firebird 1st Roy Fender 1991 Camaro
  2nd Mike Hill 1999 Firehawk
1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
1st Kevin Munsey 1996 Impala SS
  2nd Don Dixon 1996 Impala SS
Open Class for other show vehicles that do not fit into the above classes
1st William Dover 1957 Chevy Bel Air
  2nd Jeff Brekke 1965 Corvair
  Chuck Miller 1961 Pontiac Ventura
Dyno Winners 1st John Phillips 1974 Datsun 260Z
  2nd Ron Lamothe 1998 Camaro
Autocross Winners 1st Bo Barr 1986 Porsche 944
  2nd John McLutcheon 2000 Firehawk

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