Living On Tucson Time

Everybody's Favorite Time Zone

Tony Kelly Mar 24, 2003 0 Comment(s)
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Towards the end of the Super Chevy Show season those of us living on the West Coast (otherwise known as "God's Country") get a break in travel. We go to Tucson, Arizona one week and wind up the season the next week in Las Vegas. That means we don't have to go to an airport, get our luggage tossed, or our shoes turned inside out, and we can eat real food on our way to the show. As a matter of fact, this year we flew the Goodmark Chevelle to Tucson, getting recognized all the way there and back. One thing we always forget, though, is that close as it is to California, Arizona is in a separate time zone, one hour different. It just seems like it's about the same distance as Las Vegas (actually a little further) and the scenery is about the same, so we forget about that hour until we were late for the show. Putting anything in the same time zone as Vegas can be a mistake, since that place is mostly Twilight Zone.

One of our truly long-distance travelers gave us a reminder as to why Nitro Coupes are so exciting. Gary Irving was expecting warmer weather than the typical cold his native Canada provides at this time of year, but it got a little warmer than he anticipated. Using up the entire width of the strip, Irving's beautiful '37 Chevy did some tricks that resulted in severe damage to the chassis and body, but left Gary intact after a thrill ride. There was fire and smoke, but it stayed in the engine compartment. We had intended to do a photo shoot of that car in Las Vegas, but we'll have to wait until next year, only early in the race season this time.

EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CAR AWARD WINNERS

2002 TUCSON SUPER CHEVY SHOW STATS

SATURDAY AWARDS

EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
Neil Anderson, Nibley, UT, '70 Camaro Jerry Keyt, Apache Junction, AZ, '67 Impala
Dennis Kuyrkendall, Boerne, TX, '68 Camaro Glenn Looncy, Tucson, AZ, '34 Chevy
Ed & Debbie Lux, Glendora, CA, '67 Chevelle John & Sylvia Piccola, Las Vegas, NV, '65 Nova
James Spencer, Tucson, AZ, '41 Chevy
Jerry Stewart, Tucson, AZ, '55 Chevy
Dan Thompson, Murrieta, CA, '63 Nova
Monty Waterhouse, Tucson, AZ, '69 Malibu
SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIOR Jack Martin, Chandler, AZ, '68 Camaro
BEST PAINT Robert Routt, Flower Mound, TX, '73 Camaro
BEST ENGINE Steve Hammond, Tucson, AZ, '70 1/2 Camaro
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED BY RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC. Fred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, '71 El Camino
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIES Smokey & Diane Crosman, Chandler, AZ, '66 Nova
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCK Chuck & Barbara Hawkins, Hollister, CA, '57
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREET Gary Trahan, Houma, LA, '69 Camaro
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIED Chuck & Cynthia Coulter, Sedona, AZ, '59 Suburban
ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Jeff Bowers, Murrieta, CA, '73 truck
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERS Wyatt Stripling, San Antonio, TX, '57 Chevy
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC. Tom Tait, Camarillo, CA, '74 truck
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCA Randy Duke, Phoenix, AZ, '72 El Camino
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARD Barry Ellis, Tucson, AZ, '55 Suburban
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD--STREET RODDER MAGAZINE Wayne Young, Sierra Vista, AZ, '40 Chevy
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD--CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINE Terry Grover, Tucson, AZ, '57 truck
SUPER CHEVY MAGAZINE 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AWARD Terri Gard, La Mirada, CA, '68 Camaro

SATURDAY AWARDS

SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARD--WORKMAT Dan Thompson, Murrieta, CA, '63 Nova
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD" FOR OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCE
Smokey & Diane Crosman, Chandler, AZ, '66 Nova
"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD--SOFFSEAL
Dennis Kuyrkendall, Boerne, TX, '69 Camaro
BEST OF GOLD--STOCK--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Wyatt Stripling, San Antonio, TX, '57 Chevy
BEST OF GOLD-STREET--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Fred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, '71 El Camino
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Chuck & Barbara Hawkins, Hollister, CA, '57 Chevy
BEST PAINT GOLD CLASS--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Robert Routt, Flower Mound, TX, '57 Chevy
BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURING
Jerry Stewart, Tucson, AZ, '55
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEAL
Jim Bates, Phoenix, AZ, '62
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROS
Jack Martin, Chandler, AZ, '68
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUP
Chris Christensen, Tempe, AZ, '68
BEST CONTEMPORARY--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Colleen Scruggs, Phoenix, AZ, '02 Cavalier
BEST CONVERSION--MEGUIAR'S
Charles Coleman, Tucson, AZ, '49 Mercury
BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINE
Tom & Terry French, Sierra Vista, AZ, '76
BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTT
James Spencer, Tucson, AZ, '41
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Randy Duke, Phoenix, AZ, '72
BEST MONTE CARLO--CHEVYMALL.COM
Dennis Jenkins, Phoenix, AZ, '72
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUES
John & Sylvia Piccola, Las Vegas, NV, '65
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED--AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTS
Jeff Bowers, Murrieta, CA, '73 truck
BEST TRUCK--STYLIN CONCEPTS
Sieg & Brian Montano, Albuquerque, NM, '89
AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. PARTNERSHIP AWARD
Randy Duke, Phoenix, AZ, '72 El Camino
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--DRAG RACE
Russ DeMarco, Tucson, AZ, '81 Camaro
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--CAR SHOW
Richard Heininger, Avondale, AZ
BEST APPEARING CREW--SIMPSON
Angie Wood, Mesa, AZ, Jr. Dragster
SUPER CHEVY SHOW YOUNG STAR AWARD
Tyler Keith, Alta Loma, CA, '84 El Camino
GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD '55-57--STOCK Chuck & Barbara Hawkins, Hollister, CA, '57
GOLD '55-57--STOCK Wyatt Stripling, San Antonio, TX, '57
GOLD CAMARO '67-69--STREET Gary Trahan, Houma, LA, '69
GOLD CAMARO '70-81--STOCK Robert Routt, Flower Mound, TX, '73
GOLD EL CAMINO--STREET Fred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, '71
CLASS WINNERS
'55-56-57--STOCK Jerry Stewart, Tucson, AZ, '55
'55-56-57--MODIFIED Larry Frye, Tucson, AZ, '55
BIG CAR '49-54--MODIFIED Chris Orozco, Tucson, AZ, '51
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCK Jim Bates, Phoenix, AZ, '62
BIG CAR '58-89--STREET Ernesto LeGarda, Bayard, NM, '65
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIED Eddie & Teri Marquez, Tucson, AZ, '68
BIG CAR '90-96--STREET Joe Sanchez, Litchfield, AZ, '96
BIG CAR '90-96--MODIFIED Edward Amado, Chandler, AZ, '95
CAMARO '67-69--STOCK Dennis Kuyrkendall, Boerne, TX, '69
CAMARO '67-69--STREET Terri Gard, La Mirada, CA, '68
CAMARO '67-69--MODIFIED Jack Martin, Chandler, AZ, '68
CAMARO '70-81--STREET Ralph Gawehn, Portales, NM, '80
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIED Steve Hammond, Tucson, AZ, '70 1/2
CAMARO '82-92--STOCK Adrian Felix, Mesa, AZ, '90
CAMARO '82-92--MODIFIED William Weissman, Tucson, AZ, '87
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STOCK Diane Christensen, Tempe, AZ, '02
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STREET Dave Johnson, Tucson, AZ, '00
CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCK Jag Amdahl, Fountain Hills, AZ, '67
CHEVELLE '64-67--STREET Ed & Debbie Lux, Glendora, CA, '67
CHEVELLE '64-67--MODIFIED Tom Gaston, Glendale, AZ, '64
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCK Neil Anderson, Nibley, UT, '70
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STREET Steve Kaminski, Tucson, AZ, '69
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIED Chris Christensen, Tempe, AZ, '68
CONTEMPORARY--STREET Colleen Scruggs, Phoenix, AZ, '02 Cavalier
CONVERSION '48 & EARLIER--MODIFIED R.D. Reuter, Tucson, AZ, '27 T
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--MODIFIED Charles Coleman, Tucson, AZ, '49 Mercury
CORVETTE '53-67--STOCK Dave Sheffield, Tucson, AZ, '67
CORVETTE '53-67--STREET Don & Marilyn Peterson, Buda, TX, '62
CORVETTE '53-67--MODIFIED Butch Herman, Casa Grande, AZ, '60
CORVETTE '68-82--STOCK Don DiGuardi, Tucson, AZ, '72
CORVETTE '68-82--STREET Dave Bulski, Tucson, AZ, '71
CORVETTE '68-82--MODIFIED Tom & Terry French, Sierra Vista, AZ, '76
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STOCK Joe & Barbara Endres, Glendale, AZ, '94
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STREET James Gibson, Tucson, AZ, '91
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIED Glenn Looncy, Tucson, AZ, '34
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIED James Spencer, Tucson, AZ, '41 coupe
EL CAMINO--STREET Darwin Valentine, Buena Park, CA, '66
EL CAMINO--MODIFIED Randy Duke, Phoenix, AZ, '72
MONTE CARLO--STREET Dennis Jenkins, Phoenix, AZ, '72
MONTE CARLO--MODIFIED Steve English, Tucson, AZ, '85
NOVA '62-67--STREET John & Sylvia Piccola, Las Vegas, NV, '65
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIED Dan Thompson, Murrieta, CA, '63
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STREET Ted Dorman, Sahuarita, AZ, '69
NOVA '68 & NEWER--MODIFIED Rick Campbell, Mesa, AZ, '69
PRO STREET--MODIFIED Jeff Bowers, Murrieta, CA, '73 truck
PRO ENGINEERED--MODIFIED Smokey & Diane Crosman, Chandler, AZ, '66 Nova
STREET CRUISER Danny LeGarda, Bayard, NM, '69 Chevelle
STREET CRUISER Richard Heininger, Avondale, AZ, '87 Nissan
TRUCK '49-72--STREET Dan Krohn, Colorado Springs, CO, '68
TRUCK '49-72--MODIFIED Terry Grover, Tucson, AZ, '57
TRUCK '73-87--MODIFIED Joe & Toni Baker Sr., Tucson, AZ, '8
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--MODIFIED Sieg & Brian Montano, Albuquerque, NM, '89
4X4 TRUCK--MODIFIED Tom Tait, Camarillo, CA, '74
SUV--MODIFIED Chuck & Cynthia Coulter, Sedona, AZ, '59
4X4 SUV--MODIFIED Barry Ellis, Tucson, AZ, '55

DRAG RACE RESULTS

BRACKET 1
WINNER--Max Tafoya, Albuquerque, NM, '02 Dragster, 8.110 @ 142.97mph RUNNER-UP--Trevor Ward, Willcox, AZ, '99 Dodge roadster, 10.845 @ 117.89mph
BRACKET 2
WINNER--Walt Morgan, Tucson, AZ, '80 Malibu, 11.354 @ 116.37mph
RUNNER-UP--Dennis Brownfield, Tucson, AZ, '70 Nova, 10.940 @ 121.75mph
DOT STREET TIRE
WINNER--Darryl Bonnville, Albuquerque, NM, '56 Bel Air, 13.882 @ 96.11mph
RUNNER-UP--Ray Hermes, Sierra Vista, AZ, '79 Camaro, 12.554 @ 108.57mph

NITRO COUPES

WINNER--Jim Nordhougen, Longmont, CO, '41 Chevy Coupe, 6.546 @ 217.35mph
RUNNER-UP--Bruce Boland, Stoney Creek, ON-Canada, '33 Willys, 6.500 @ 220.19mph
SATURDAY BRACKET RACE
WINNER--Todd Estal, Mesa, AZ, '72 Nova, 10.757 @ 125.27mph
RUNNER-UP--David Pitera, Peoria, AZ, '57 coupe, Foul
JUNIOR DRAGSTERS
WINNER--Jake Burris, Tucson, AZ, 10.616 @ 59.08mph RUNNER-UP--Kristen Stevens, Tucson, AZ, 9.846 @ 65.94mph
NITRO COUPE POINT STANDINGS
1. Dan Nickelson 495 pts.
2. Jim Nordhougen 445
3. Bruce Boland 265
4. Gary Irving 245
5. Mike Swinarski 220
6. John Reynolds 145
7. Jerry Hicks 60
8. John Scialpi 55

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