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Houston, We Have A Problem

It's Not Rocket Science, It's Rain

We blew into Houston from Columbus with Project "X" covered in bugs (but running great), and a weather forecast that made us grin from ear-to-ear. It was bright and sunny, and it was expected to be that way for about eight days. Right! Late Saturday night something else blew into town; a couple of storms. But we're a hearty bunch, us Super Chevy folks, so the show went on "rain or shine." Heck, announcer Jerry Daisey just came in from his home in Virginia where he witnessed near total devastation from Hurricane Isabel, so we weren't all that bad off, by comparison.

Of course, the drag races went bye-bye, but we still managed to find a bunch of racers in the pits during the morning who were hoping the rain would stop. To nine of those brave souls, we gave Editor's Choice Top Ten Drag Car awards. Even rain can't hide great cars. Yes, we know it's a Top Ten thing, but by the time we were taking the photo of car number nine, we were drowning. Enough was enough.

For the show car entrants, at least they didn't have to dust their cars continually. The frequency of the rain also kept them from having to dry them off all the time, too. The judges had already looked them over once on Saturday, so Sunday's judging meant that the raindrops were overlooked and the car's quality showed through. After the awards ceremony, we got a bit of clear weather, so most winners drove their cars through our "Winners Circle" for photos. As we say, the show must go on!

SATURDAY AWARDS
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CARS
Jesus Bengoechea, New Braunfels, TX, 80 CorvetteEddie Broome, Grapevine, TX, 79 Monte Carlo
Justin Broome, Grapevine, TX, Jr. DragsterIsaac Garza, Corpus Christi, TX, 71 Camaro
Ricky Hamlet, New London, TX, 81 CamaroRoy Jordan, Henderson, TX, 67 Camaro
Herbie Martinez, New Braunfels, TX, 79 CamaroJustin Patterson, Highlands, TX, 62 Chevy II
Gordon Sagerian, Pearland, TX, 72 Chevelle
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
Tommy Angelle, Katy, TX, 66 NovaJohn Boutte, Arlington, TX, 57 Chevy
Rod Mohney, Conroe, TX, 67 NovaTommie Owens, Crosby, TX, 57 Chevy
Harold & Julie Pearce, West Fork, AR, 67 CamaroMike & Beth Ramsey, Spring, TX, 69 Camaro
Dois Sutton, Houston, TX, 65 ChevelleJim Swartz, Magnolia, TX, 64 El Camino
Mike & Becky Watkins, Sanger, TX, 61 ImpalaGary Zelinski, Pineville, LA, 68 Camaro
SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIORAndy Braudway, Baytown, TX, 89 Truck
BEST PAINTMike & Becky Watkins, Sanger, TX, 61 Impala
BEST ENGINEKenny Box, Spring, TX, 34 Chevy
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED BY
RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
Don & Marilyn Peterson, Buda, TX, 62 Corvette
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIESJay Youngblood, Longview, TX, 66 Corvette
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCKJeep Compton, Lufkin, TX, 60 Corvette
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREETHarvey Vogel, Sweeny, TX, 69 Camaro
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIEDTony Adsley, Austin, TX, 57 Chevy
ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Charles Campbell, Magnolia, TX, 61 Impala
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERSGary Trahan, Houma, LA, 69 Camaro
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC.Ernie Cassimus, Baton Rouge, LA, 69 Chevelle
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCA Bobby Giniewicz, Belton, TX, 57 Chevy
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARDGary Weatherly, Baytown, TX, 2001 Truck
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD--STREET RODDER MAGAZINEBill Seitz, Richmond, TX, 35 Chevy Coupe
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD--CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINEPam Edwards, Channelview, TX, 71 Truck
"OUTSTANDING CUSTOM ROD" AWARD--CUSTOM RODDER MAGAZINERich Rulau, Rosenberg, TX, 65 Nova
TREMEC "TRICK STICK" AWARDKaren & Andy Loyd, Houston, TX, 68 Camaro
SUNDAY AWARDS
SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARDKenny Box, Spring, TX, 34 Chevy
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD" FOR
OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCE
Mike & Becky Watkins, Sanger, TX, 61 Impala
"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD--SOFFSEALRandy & Trudy Mire, Gonzales, TX, 65 Chevelle
BEST OF GOLD--STOCK--STREET & PERFORMANCE, INC.Wyatt Stripling, San Antonio, TX, 57 Chevy
BEST OF GOLD--STREET--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.Gary Trahan, Houma, LA, 69 Camaro
BEST OF GOLD--MODIFIED--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.John Bedenbender, Mt. Vernon, TX, 66 El Camino
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.Tammie Owens, Crosby, TX, 57 Chevy
BEST PAINT GOLD CLASS--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.Tony Adsley, Austin, TX, 57 Chevy
BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURINGBobby Giniewicz, Belton, TX, 57 Chevy
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEALRuss & Tee Huval, Breaux Bridge, LA, 58 Bel Air
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROSFrank Thornton, Houston, TX, 69 Camaro
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUPBill Brown, Bulverde, TX, 67 Chevelle
BEST CONVERSION--MEGUIAR'SDavid Ander, Vanderbilt, TX, 40 Willy's
BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINEJay Youngblood, Longview, TX, 66 Corvette
BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTTDan Catozella, Spring, TX, 36 Chevy
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.J.B. Cason, Tomball, TX, 66 El Camino
BEST MONTE CARLO--PARTS UNLIMITEDPoto Babin, Gonzales, LA, 71 Monte Carlo
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUESRich Rulau, Rosenberg, TX, 65 Nova
BEST OPEN--WORKMAT.NETN/A
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED--
AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTS
Mike & Beth Ramsey, Spring, TX, 69 Camaro
BEST TRUCK--WORKMAT.NETMike Blair, Deer Park, TX, 96 Truck
GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD '55-57--STOCKWyatt Stripling, San Antonio, TX, 57 Red
GOLD '55-57--STREETWyatt Stripling, San Antonio, TX, 57 Black
GOLD '55-57--MODIFIEDTammie Owens, Crosby, TX, 57
GOLD '55-57--MODIFIEDTony Adsley, Austin, TX, 57
GOLD CAMARO '67-69--STREETGary Trahan, Houma, LA, 69
GOLD EL CAMINO--MODIFIEDJohn Bedenbender, Mt. Vernon, TX, 66
CLASS WINNERS
'55-56-57--STOCKJames & Barbara Brasuell, Lufkin, TX, 55
'55-56-57--STREETBill Vaughn, San Antonio, TX, 55
'55-56--MODIFIEDPhil Tutt, Spring, TX, 55
'57--MODIFIEDBobby Giniewicz, Belton, TX, 57
BIG CAR '49-54--MODIFIEDPhil & Sandy Rumfola, Port Allen, LA, 51
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCKFloyd Waak, San Antonio, TX, 63
BIG CAR '58-89--STREETRuss & Tee Huval, Breaux Bridge, LA, 58
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIEDMike & Becky Watkins, Sanger, TX, 61
BIG CAR '90-96--STREETTom Reynal, Garland, TX, 96
BIG CAR '90-96--MODIFIEDAlvin Gold, College Station, TX, 96
CAMARO '67-69--STOCKDavid & Diana Garcia, Katy, TX, 69
CAMARO '67-69--STREETJohn Whigham, Houston, TX, 68
CAMARO '67-69--MODIFIEDFrank Thornton, Houston, TX, 69
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIEDPaul Wayman, Kansas City, MO, 78
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STREETTommy Spinn, Dickinson, TX, 2002
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--MODIFIEDMark Scott, Pearland, TX, 2000
CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCKBill Brown, Bulverde, TX, 67
CHEVELLE '64-67--STREETBobby Gilley, Kennedale, TX, 67
CHEVELLE '64-67--MODIFIEDRandy & Trudy Mire, Gonzales, LA, 65
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCKKlarissa Robles, Pleasanton, TX, 70
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STREETLinda Mesh, Lake Charles, LA, 72
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIEDJason Herrera, Bryan, TX, 78
CONVERSION '48 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDDavid Ander, Vanderbilt, TX, 40 Willy's
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--MODIFIEDRobert Smith, Orange, TX, 87 Buick
CORVETTE '53-67--STOCKJeep Compton, Lufkin, TX, 60
CORVETTE '53-67--STREETJay Youngblood, Longview, TX, 66
CORVETTE '53-67--MODIFIEDHenry & Carol Vloedman, Woodward, OK, 62
CORVETTE '68-82--STREETPat Clary, Tomball, TX, 69
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STOCKArt Jeske, Houston, TX, 2001
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER --STREETDarlene Priest, Houston, TX, 84
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--STREETTrey Cunningham, Spring, TX, 48
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDKenny Box, Spring, TX, 34
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIEDDan Catozella, Spring, TX, 36
EL CAMINO--STREETJ.B. Cason, Tomball, TX, 66
MONTE CARLO--STREETPoto Babin, Gonzales, LA, 71
NOVA '62-67--STOCKJimmy Cauthen Jr., Ovilla, TX, 62
NOVA '62-67--STREETMalcolm Darby, Lafayette, LA, 66
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIEDRich Rulau, Rosenberg, TX, 65
PRO STREET--MODIFIEDMike & Beth Ramsey, Spring, TX, 69
STREET CRUISER AWARDS BY TREMEC TRANSMISSIONSMark Tucker, Spring, TX, 68 Camaro
Ginger & Sam Carte, Pearland, TX, 55 Chevy
TRUCK '49-72--STREETSteve Lowery, Port Neches, TX, 68
TRUCK '49-72--MODIFIEDMike Cassidy, New Caney, TX, 55
TRUCK '73-87--STREETKen McAvoy, Cypress, TX, 77
TRUCK '73-87--MODIFIEDJoey Dupree, Sugar Land, TX, 77
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--STREETKyle Carpenter, Dickinson, TX, 2001
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--MODIFIEDMike Blair, Deer Park, TX, 96
4X4 TRUCK--STREETHenry & Carol Vloedman, Woodward, OK, 2002
MINI TRUCK--STREETKyle Carpenter, Dickinson, TX, 2003
MINI TRUCK--MODIFIEDLogan Alexander, Porter, TX, 82
4X4 SUV--STOCKDoug Wright, Port Arthur, TX, 72
4X4 SUV--STREETAngie Russell, Deer Park, TX, 2003
MINI SUV--MODIFIEDWilliam Jimenez, Houston, TX, 85
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