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Epping Super Chevy: The Second Time's A Charm (sort of)

A Great Visit With Our Friends in the Northeast

Between Memorial Day and the end of August, we figured enough rain had fallen in New England to assure us that the postponed Epping event (from the end of May) would go off without a hitch the second time around. Not quite, but we did get the best part of two days in before we got wet, which caused the drag racing to be called, and the Nitro Coupe Finals to be postponed until the Route 66 event during the following weekend.

When we say the "best part" of two days, that goes for the great cars in Epping's refurbished show area. Our East Coast Chevy fans bring out some of the best "big cars," trucks, and street rods that we see all year. Maybe it's because the weather keeps the cars indoors and the work goes on all winter. If that's what's doing it, there's no way the Sun Belt builders have a chance against the New England shops.

Epping joins the ranks of our most beautiful venues for Super Chevy Shows. Since our last visit, the facility has had more new upgrades, with landscaping and fresh paving adding to the appeal of this place. Racing is hardcore, with cars coming from Canada and all over New England, as well as some teams from New York and New Jersey. There are no easy races at New England Dragway, and that's just the way we like it. Epping rocks!

SATURDAY AWARDS
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CARS
Gary Coleman, Worcester, MA, 70 ChevellePeter Filocamo, E. Hampstead, NH, 70 Chevelle
Pat Finnegan, E. Northport, NY, 67 ChevelleGlenn Hunter, E. Northport, NY, 56 Chevy
Joshua Luck, Newport, NH, Jr. DragsterKeith Murray, North Grosvenordale, CT, 72 Chevelle
Thomas Palmer, Blackstone, MA, 82 El CaminoCraig Rice, Oxford, MA, 80 Chevelle
Ray Rice, Oxford, MA, 67 CamaroBill Sanford, Tiverton, RI, 72 Nova
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
Courtney Brisco, Fitchburg, MA, 91 CamaroJerry Custodie, Chatham, MA, 57 Chevy
Tom Durvin, Foster, RI, 70 ChevelleBuck Elbe, Berkshire, NY, 55 Chevy
Donald Gobin, Seekonk, MA, 58 ImpalaBrian Horne, Shrewsbury, MA, 72 Chevelle
Joe Jenkins, S. Orleans, MA, 69 CamaroTodd Ortolani, Vernon, CT, 70 Nova
Warren Smith, Greene, ME, 72 NovaThomas Zimmons, Carmel, NY, 49 Chevy
SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIORDave Hahn, Waterford, CT, 67 Chevy II
BEST PAINTRick Bicknell, Billerica, MA, 87 Monte Carlo
BEST ENGINERon Ducharme, Windham, NH, 58 Impala
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED
BY RACING COMMUNICATIONS,
INC.
Matt & Eric Ward, Worcester, MA, 62 Biscayne
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED
BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIES
Les LeClair, Beford, NH, 22 Chevy Roadster
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCKAlvin Thurber III, Pawtucket, RI, 72 Chevelle
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREETRon & Pat DaCunto, N. Branford, CT, 68 Camaro
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIEDBrian Page, Lynn, MA, 80 Camaro
ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCEEdward Shea, N. Tewksbury, MA, 33 Chevy
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERSDick & Barbara Lagasse, Enfield, CT, 62 Corvette
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC. Dennis Lavallee, Harrisville, RI, 55 Chevy
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCA Rob Laplaca, Lowell, MA, 69 Camaro
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARD James Mathieu, Sanford, ME, 86 Truck
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD--STREET RODDER MAGAZINE David & Heidi Jenkins, S. Orleans, MA, 34 Chevy
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD--CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINE Rich Irving, Lindenwold, NJ, 71 Truck
"OUTSTANDING CUSTOM ROD" AWARD CUSTOM RODDER MAGAZINE
TREMEC "TRICK STICK" AWARD John Chestnut, Grantham, NH, 66 Corvette
SUNDAY AWARDS
SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARD--WORKMATFred Morrison, Jamaica Plain, MA, 37 Chevy
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD"
FOR OUTSTANDING BODY
APPEARANCE
Rob Laplaca, Lowell, MA, 69 Camaro
"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD--SOFFSEALDick & Barbara Lagasse, Enfield, CT, 62 Corvette
BEST OF GOLD--STOCK--STREET & PERFORMANCE, INC.Randy Kirker, Sanborn, NY, 66 Chevelle
BEST OF GOLD--STREET--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.Ed Pienta, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 67 Chevelle
BEST OF GOLD--MODIFIED--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.Joe & Carol Keeney, Westminster, MD, 71 Truck
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.N/A
BEST PAINT GOLD CLASS--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.N/A
BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURINGRaymond Mitchell, S. Glastonbury, CT, 57 Chevy
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEALRon Ducharme, Windham, NH, 58 Impala
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROSBrian Page, Lynn, MA, 80 Camaro
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUPRay Brizido, S. Dartmouth, MA, 69 Chevelle
BEST CONVERSION--MEGUIAR'SKerri Hebert, Methuen, MA, 81 Pontiac
BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINEDennis Lavallee, Harrisville, RI, 66 Corvette
BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTTDavid & Heidi Jenkins, S. Orleans, MA, 34
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.David Ellis, Methuen, MA, 72 El Camino
BEST MONTE CARLO--PARTS UNLIMITEDRon Banach, Tom's River, NJ, 88 Monte Carlo
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUESRichard Fritz Sr., Arundel, ME, 62 Nova
BEST OPEN--WORKMAT.NETJohn Clary, Lexington, MA, 65 Corvair
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED--AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTSDennis Lavallee, Harrisville, RI, 55 Chevy
BEST TRUCK--WORKMAT.NETJim Hamel, N. Hampton, NH, 56 Truck
CLUB PARTICIPATIONBunjies Hot Rod Garage, Brimfield, MA
AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. PARTNERSHIP AWARDMike McCormick, LoneStar Muscle Car
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--
DRAG RACE
Keith Murray, N. Grosvenordale, CT, 72 Chevelle
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--
CAR SHOW
Heidi Jenkins, S. Orleans, MA, 34 Chevy
FLOWMASTER DRAG RACE GIFT
CERTIFICATE WINNER
Dennis Martins, New Bedford, MA, 79 Malibu Wagon
FLOWMASTER CAR SHOW GIFT
CERTIFICATE WINNER
Jeff Bowers, Vernon, CT, 70 Camaro
MR. GASKET "BRACKET ONE" GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERSJohn Strob, Wilmington, MA, 74 Vega
George Estabrooks, Sackville, NB-Canada, 67 Camaro
BEST APPEARING CREW--SIMPSONN/A
SUPER CHEVY SHOW YOUNG STAR AWARDSteve Norrgard, Oxford, MA, 88 Camaro
GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCKRandy Kirker, Sanborn, NY, 6
GOLD CHEVELLE '64-67--STREETEd Pienta, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 67
GOLD TRUCK '49-72--MODIFIEDJoe & Carol Keeney, Westminster, MD, 71
CLASS WINNERS
'55-56-57--STOCKRaymond Mitchell, S. Glastonbury, CT, 57
'55-56-57--STREETAndy Young, Bow, NH, 55
'55-56-57--MODIFIEDBuck Elbe, Berkshire, VT, 55
BIG CAR '49-54--STOCKThomas Zimmons, Carmel, NY, 49
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCKEric & Matt Ward, Worcester, MA, 62
BIG CAR '58-89--STREETDavid Marcotte, W. Yarmouth, MA, 66
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIEDRon Ducharme, Windham, NH, 58
BIG CAR '90-96--STOCKBill Hill, Tiverton, RI, 96
BIG CAR '90-96--STREETAlex Jacoby Sr., E. Hartford, CT, 94
BIG CAR '90-96--MODIFIEDChris Pustizzi, Nashua, NH, 95
CAMARO '67-69--STOCKDavid Trainor, Colchester, CT, 69
CAMARO '67-69--STREETThomas McGinnity, Arlington, MA, 67
CAMARO '67-69--MODIFIEDAl Shone, Lawrence, MA, 69
CAMARO '70-81--STOCKJeff Bowers, Vernon, CT, 70
CAMARO '70-81--STREETEd Berry, West Wareham, MA, 70
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIEDBrian Page, Lynn, MA, 80
CAMARO '82-92--STOCKChristopher Diehl, Germantown, NY, 89
CAMARO '82-92--STREETBob Petrelis, Peabody, MA, 87
CAMARO '82-92--MODIFIEDCourtney Briscoe, Fitchburg, MA, 91
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STOCKChris Milano, Revere, MA, 2002
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STREETNicole Plourde, E. Hampstead, NH, 2001
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--MODIFIEDBrad Noyes, Peabody, MA, 99
CHEVELLE '64-67--STREETMark Desenberg, S. Berwick, ME, 66
CHEVELLE '64-67--MODIFIEDMike Evringham, Topsham, ME, 65
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCKRay Brizido, S. Dartmouth, MA, 69
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STREETLynn Bouvier, Smithfield, RI, 70
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIEDBrian Horne, Shrewsbury, MA, 72
CONVERSION '48 & EARLIER--
MODIFIED
Joseph Foster, Corinna, ME, 36 Ford
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--STOCKPaul Shapiro, Pembroke, NH, 99 Boss Hoss
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--STREETBorris Pegueco, Lynn, MA, 2001 Trans Am
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--
MODIFIED
Kerri Hebert, Methuen, MA, 81 Trans Am
CORVETTE '53-67--STOCKDennis Lavallee, Harrisville, RI, 66
CORVETTE '53-67--
MODIFIED
Dick & Barbara Lagasse, Enfield, CT, 62
CORVETTE '68-82--STOCKMichael Celuch Jr., Ulster Park, NY, 79
CORVETTE '68-82--MODIFIEDSteven & Carol Farrell, Tiverton, RI, 69
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STOCKPaul Deneault, E. Freetown, MA, 2000
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STREETDennis Apostolon, Brockton, MA, 93
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER --MODIFIEDMark Chamberlain, Raymond, NH, 88
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDDavid & Heidi Jenkins, S. Orleans, MA, 34
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--STOCKJoel Kimball, Kennebunk, ME, 40
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIEDFred Morrison, Jamaica Plain, MA, 37
EL CAMINO--STOCKDavid Ennis, Methuen, MA, 72
EL CAMINO--STREETAllen Reed, Derry, NH, 83
EL CAMINO--MODIFIEDPaul Kelley, Portsmouth, NH, 80
MONTE CARLO--STOCKRon Banach, Tom's River, NJ, 88
MONTE CARLO--STREETTimothy Balkau, Shirley, NY, 2001
MONTE CARLO--MODIFIEDRick Bicknell, Billerica, MA, 87
NOVA '62-67--STOCKPeter & Rosemarie Campbell, Newport Richey, FL, 67
NOVA '62-67--STREETRome & Pat Desrosier, Worcester, MA, 67
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIEDRichard Fritz Sr., Arundel, ME, 62
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STOCKWilliam Carter, Salem, NH, 69
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STREETJohn Cushing, Stratham, NH, 72
NOVA '68 & NEWER--MODIFIEDWarren Smith, Greene, ME, 72
OPEN--STREETJohn Clary, Lexington, MA, 65 Corvair
PRO STREET--MODIFIEDRob Laplaca, Lowell, MA, 69 Camaro
PRO ENGINEERED--MODIFIEDKen Denza, Hillsboro, NH, 41 Chevy
STREET CRUISER AWARDS
BY TREMEC TRANSMISSIONS
Dan Gilford, Plaistow, NH, 69 Camaro
Michael & Pam Rowell, Halifax, MA, 55 Chevy Sedan
TRUCK '49-72--STOCKJim Hamel, N. Hampton, NH, 56
TRUCK '49-72--STREETRich Irving, Lindenwold, NJ, 71
TRUCK '49-72--MODIFIEDScott Routhiar, Sidney, ME, 71
TRUCK '73-87--STREETJustin Simpson, Dover, NH, 84
TRUCK '73-87--MODIFIEDJohn Thorn Jr., Smithfield, RI, 80
4X4 TRUCK--STREETJim Carey, Hill, NH, 89
4X4 TRUCK--MODIFIEDDave Nault, Plaistow, NH, 97 GMC
MINI TRUCK--STREETRichard Aubin, Central Falls, RI, 2001 S-10
MINI TRUCK--MODIFIEDNathan Rego, Portsmouth, RI, 99
SUV--STREETRon Couillard, Arundel, ME, 55
DRAG RACE RESULTS
BRACKET 1
WINNER--Purse split due to rainRUNNER-UP--
BRACKET 2
WINNER--Purse split due to rainRUNNER-UP--
DOT STREET TIRE
WINNER--Purse split due to rainRUNNER-UP--
NITRO COUPES FROM NORWALK RAIN-OUT
WINNER--Dan Nickelson, LaVerne, CA, 94 Beretta, 6.318 @ 222.60mphRUNNER-UP--Tommy Howes, Laytonsville, MD, 92 Camaro, 7.181 @ 188.12mph
NITRO COUPES- EPPING
WINNER--To be finished at Chicago: Gary Irving vs. Dan NickelsonRUNNER-UP--
SATURDAY BRACKET RACE
WINNER--John Harper, Wiscasset, ME, 87 CorvetteRUNNER-UP--Robert Bunozinski, Lawton, MA, 85 Camaro
NITRO COUPE POINT STANDINGS
To be updated after Chicago
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