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The "Hollywood Knights" and Project "X"

While driving through the pits, checking out candidates for Editor's Choice Top-Ten Drag Car awards, we saw a young man wearing a shirt that had "Hollywood Knights" written on it. Thinking there was a vendor selling such a shirt (which we definitely needed), we stopped to talk. It was Jim Cherol of Austin Township, Ohio, and he was wearing his club shirt. There actually is a "Hollywood Knights" car club, comprised of a group of racers. We rounded up the club members and took them to the Super Chevy subscription booth for a photo with Project "X." We're glad we met these guys -- they know what "cool" really means.

During our search for Top-Ten Drag Cars, we saw so many great candidates at Norwalk it was hard to narrow our choices to ten. What really did impress us, though, was the crop of very fast and great looking Monte Carlos. Racers are taking these big cars and getting astounding performance from them with both big- and small-block power. Besides that, the cars inherently look good, so the result is some extra fine rides. In the car show area, we were treated to more great Montes, proving that Chevy fans appreciate all the best models, old and new (er). It might be time for folks to start snapping up a Monte (or two) before they get as rare as some of our other great Chevys.

Come early and stay late when you go to Super Chevy at Norwalk. Even before the racers hit the track, the Bader family (track owners) treats you to a cup of coffee or juice, and maybe even a doughnut. Then when the light turns green on the quarter-mile, we see what the Mid-Ohio racers do when they're turned loose on one of the finest tracks in the country. Nitro Coupe driver, Gary Irving, cranked up a 6.19-second elapsed time during Saturday qualifying, to set a track record. He was certainly the odds-on choice to take the final round, but he encountered a bit of mechanical trouble later. The rain eventually delayed all the racing so we'll wrap it up in Epping, New Hampshire.

SATURDAY AWARDS
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CARS
Roger Adkins, Jr., North Ridgeville, OH, 70 Chevelle SSTerry Buza, Clinton, OH, 70 Monte Carlo
Paul Carillon, Akron, OH, 71 Monte CarloJim Cherol, Austintown, OH, 70 Monte Carlo
John Maag, Lima, OH, 72 ChevelleTom McCuan, Fenton, MI, 69 Camaro
Joe Oiler, Plain City, OH, 55 ChevyMick Powell, Glenford, OH, 71 Monte Carlo
Scott Vanderwyst, Strongsville, OH, 73 CamaroPhil Wagner, Defiance, OH, 67 Impala
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
Bruce Bender, N. Olmsted, OH, 65 ChevelleJohn Bosley, Vermilion, OH, 70 Nova
Deb Clark, Defiance, OH, 69 CamaroGary Czapor, N. Royalton, OH, 67 Truck
Ginnie Hassett, Ashtabula, OH, 94 CamaroScott Koenig, Pittsburgh, PA, 66 Chevelle
Bill Parks, Union City, MI, 62 CorvetteBryan Sarver, Brooklyn, OH, 67 Nova
Robert Taylor, Carencro, LA, 62 ChevyJamie Trivison, Scott Depot, WV, 67 Chevy II
SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIORJerry Kovacek, Medina, OH, 39 Chevy
BEST PAINTBill Sutton, Toledo, OH, 55 Chevy
BEST ENGINELon Williams, Meadville, PA, 71 Nova
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED BY RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC.Dave Whitchurch, Englewood, OH, 54 Corvette
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIESBob Hilton, Waterloo, ON-Canada, 2001 S-10
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCKGeorge Madej, Newburgh Heights, OH, 70 Chevelle
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREETJerry Ward, Sandusky, OH, 68 Camaro
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIEDMark Patrone, Canfield, OH, 70 Monte Carlo
ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Tony Smith, Tiffin, OH, 70 Nova
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERSRandy Kirker, Sanborn, NY, 66 Chevelle
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC.Bill Reinhart, Fostoria, OH, 88 S-10
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCA John Martin, Concord Twp., OH, 53 Studebaker
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARDJohn Oliver, Leetonia, OH, 55 GMC
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD--STREET RODDER MAGAZINEWayne Bishop, Findlay, OH, 34 Chevy Coupe
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD--CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINEWilliam Caldwell, Lisbon, OH, 57 Truck
"OUTSTANDING CUSTOM ROD" AWARD--CUSTOM RODDER MAGAZINEN/A
TREMEC "TRICK STICK" AWARDLee Stickney, Middleville, MI, 66 Chevy II
SUNDAY AWARDS
SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARD--WORKMATJohn Martin, Concord Twp., OH, 53 Studebaker
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD" FOR OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCEBob Hilton, Waterloo, ON-Canada, 2001 S-10
"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD--SOFFSEALJerry Kovacek, Medina, OH, 39 Chevy Coupe
BEST OF GOLD--STOCK--STREET & PERFORMANCE, INC.Randy Kirker, Sanborn, NY, 66 Chevelle
BEST OF GOLD--STREET--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.N/A
BEST OF GOLD--MODIFIED--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.Chris Pilos, Athens, OH, 57 Chevy
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.Wanda Cross, Jackson, OH, 67 Corvette
BEST PAINT GOLD CLASS--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.N/A
BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURINGCarl Wilson, Medina, OH, 57 Chevy
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEALRandy Meacher, Cleveland, OH, 65 Chevy
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROSDon Hendrickson, Medina, OH, 69 Camaro
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUPCharles Ragland, Elkhart, IN, 68 Chevelle
BEST CONVERSION--MEGUIAR'SJ.D. Genovese, Akron, OH, 41 Willy's
BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINEDave Whitchurch, Englewood, OH, 54 Corvette
BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTTWayne Bishop, Findlay, OH, 34 Chevy
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.Russell & Pam Laird Jr., Hermitage, PA, 65 El Camino
BEST MONTE CARLO--PARTS UNLIMITEDMark Patrone, Canfield, OH, 70 Monte Carlo
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUESTony Smith, Tiffin, OH, 70 Nova
BEST OPEN--WORKMAT.NETTom Malone, Berea, OH, 66 Corvair
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED--AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTSMike Zayas, Youngstown, OH, 69 Chevelle
BEST TRUCK--WORKMAT.NETChris Smith, Tiffin, OH, 67 Truck
CLUB PARTICIPATIONNEOCC of Akron, OH
AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. PARTNERSHIP AWARDN/A
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--DRAG RACEBob Hamner, Youngstown, OH, 80 Monza
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--CAR SHOWThomas Chuna, Parma, OH, 68 Camaro
FLOWMASTER DRAG RACE GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERKatrina Moss, Amherst, OH, 55 Chevy
FLOWMASTER CAR SHOW GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERDenny Loroff, Castalia, OH, 62 Corvair
MR. GASKET "BRACKET ONE" GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERSRollin Kiser, Lewis Center, OH, 72 Nova
Jason Mosley, Dayton, OH, 23 T
BEST APPEARING CREW--SIMPSONBob Hilton, Waterloo, ON-Canada, 2001 S-10
SUPER CHEVY SHOW YOUNG STAR AWARDJon Janke, Broadview Heights, OH, 95 Beretta
GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCKRandy Kirker, Sanborn, NY, 66
GOLD CORVETTE '53-67--STOCKWanda Cross, Jackson, OH, 67
GOLD PRO-STREET--MODIFIEDChris Pilos, Athens, OH, 57 Chevy
CLASS WINNERS
SPECIAL INTEREST--MODIFIEDMichael Kosmo, Lorain, OH, 69 Mini-Camaro
'55-56-57--STOCKCarl Wilson, Medina, OH, 57
'55-56-57--STREETIsmael Rodriguez, Defiance, OH, 55
'55-56-57--MODIFIEDBill Watters, Wellington, OH, 56
BIG CAR '49-54--STREETChris Wood, N. Ridgeville, OH, 50 Deluxe
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCKDave Ennes, Elyria, OH, 63
BIG CAR '58-89--STREETSteve Mason, Wickliffe, OH, 69
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIEDRandy Meacher, Cleveland, OH, 65
BIG CAR '90-96--STOCKPaul Tornow Jr., Helena, OH, 96
BIG CAR '90-96--STREETFred Mercer, Corry, PA, 95
BIG CAR '90-96--MODIFIEDDean Mattoni, Toledo, OH, 92
CAMARO '67-69--STOCKRob Sitts, Uniontown, OH, 68
CAMARO '67-69--STREETWayne Walters, Beaver, PA, 69
CAMARO '67-69--MODIFIEDDon Hendrickson, Medina, OH, 69
CAMARO '70-81--STOCKRay Cederiund, Euclid, OH, 79
CAMARO '70-81--STREETCindy Armbrust, Baltic, OH, 73
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIEDJerry Hippler, Brunswick, OH, 79
CAMARO '82-92--STOCKJerry & Dee Franz, Mt. Vernon, OH, 92
CAMARO '82-92--STREETElizabeth Owen, Lewisburg, OH, 91
CAMARO '82-92--MODIFIEDGary Gutschmidt, Parma, OH, 85
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STOCKSam Reamer, Norwalk, OH, 2003
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STREETGreg Bennett, Newark, OH, 2002
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--MODIFIEDGinnie Hassett, Ashtabula, OH, 94
CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCKEd Coffel, Bremen, IN, 66
CHEVELLE '64-67--STREETTom & Lynn Niesley, Clayton, OH, 67
CHEVELLE '64-67--MODIFIEDChuck Finch, Wayne, MI, 67
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCKCharles Ragland, Elkhart, IN, 68
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STREETRalph James, Elyria, OH, 71
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIEDMark Robinette, The Plains, OH, 72
CONVERSION '48 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDJ.D. Genovese, Akron, OH, 41 Willy's
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--MODIFIEDJohn Martin, Concord Twp., OH, 53 Studebaker
CORVETTE '53-67--STOCKDave Whitchurch, Englewood, OH, 54
CORVETTE '53-67--STREETMark Ach, Toledo, OH, 67
CORVETTE '53-67--MODIFIEDBob Shelter/Larry Fike, Shelby, OH, 62
CORVETTE '68-82--STOCKDavid Myshock, Garden City, MI, 77
CORVETTE '68-82--STREETDave Jones, N. Ridgeville, OH, 79
CORVETTE '68-82--MODIFIEDJeff Alloway, Green Springs, OH, 74
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STOCKDave Whitchurch, Englewood, OH, 95
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STREET"Super Dave" Bartz, Brooke Park, OH, 2000
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDWayne Bishop, Findlay, OH, 34
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIEDJerry Kovacek, Medina, OH, 39
EL CAMINO--STREETJimmy O'Neal, Marysville, OH, 70
EL CAMINO--MODIFIEDRussell & Pam Laird Jr., Hermitage, PA, 65
MONTE CARLO--STOCKMartin McLaughlin, Cambridge, ON-Canada, 72
MONTE CARLO--STREETJoe Edwards, Parma, OH, 72
MONTE CARLO--MODIFIEDMark Patrone, Canfield, OH, 70
NOVA '62-67--STREETBryan Sarver, Brooklyn, OH, 67
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIEDJim Knerem, Strongsville, OH, 66
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STOCKKen Meyer, Mentor, OH, 68
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STREETDan Bittner, Marlboro, OH, 70
NOVA '68 & NEWER--MODIFIEDTony Smith, Tiffin, OH, 70
OPEN--STOCKDenny Loroff, Castalia, OH, 62 Corvair
OPEN--MODIFIEDTom Malone, Berea, OH, 66 Corvair
PRO STREET--MODIFIEDMike Zayas, Youngstown, OH, 69 Chevelle
PRO ENGINEERED--MODIFIEDBob Hilton, Waterloo, ON-Canada, 2001 S-10
STREET CRUISER AWARDS BY TREMEC TRANSMISSIONSHenry L. Alexander, Norwalk, OH, 51 Henry J
Nick Satink, Cleveland, OH, 65 Chevelle
TRUCK '49-72--STOCKJake Andrews, Coshocton, OH, 58
TRUCK '49-72--STREETNeil Bales, Enon, OH, 53
TRUCK '49-72--MODIFIEDChris Smith, Tiffin, OH, 67
TRUCK '73-87--STREETRalph "Windy" Roach, Ironton, OH, 80
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--STREETJason Weingart, New Castle, PA, 90
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--MODIFIEDAdam McCutcheon, Westerville, OH, 88
4X4 TRUCK--STOCKMike Marsh, Maineville, OH, 95
4X4 TRUCK--STREETDan Adams, West Point, VA, 2003
4X4 TRUCK--MODIFIEDJohn Oliver, Leetonia, OH, 55
MINI TRUCK--STREETAaron Wilbert, Clyde, OH, 2001
MINI TRUCK--MODIFIEDRick Sturdevant, Ottawa Lake, MI, 94
SUV--MODIFIEDRon & Aixa Thompson, Lorain, OH, 76 Van
4X4 SUV--STREETMike Apelons, N. Olmsted, OH, 99 Blazer
DRAG RACE RESULTS
BRACKET 1
WINNER--Purse was split due to rain outRUNNER-UP--
BRACKET 2
WINNER--Purse was split due to rain outRUNNER-UP--
DOT STREET TIRE
WINNER--Purse was split due to rain outRUNNER-UP--
NITRO COUPES
WINNER--To be completed at Epping (Tommy Howes vs. Dan Nickelson)RUNNER-UP--
FRIDAY BRACKET RACE
WINNER--Randy Biddle, Burbank, OH, 70 Duster, 11.438 @ 114.41mphRUNNER-UP--Garry Fleenor, Port Clinton, OH, 03 Dragster, 8.672 @ 145.72mph
NITRO COUPE POINT STANDINGS
To be updated after Epping
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