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Something Old, Something Blue

Nothing Borrowed, Nothing New

Jose Vega showed us an old photo of a very small boy standing next to a 1952 Chevy. We recognized the Chevy, because Jose brought it to the show. He said the car was his dad's, and he was the small boy in the photo. Papa Vega bought the car (brand new) in Puerto Rico, and brought it to the mainland when he came here to live. Jose came along a bit later, but grew to love the car, and has a great deal of pride for having kept it in the family.

Everything except the paint, air in the tires, gas in the tank, and the battery is original. The odometer shows about 71,000 miles, which, according to Jose, is all it has! It does get driven, just not a lot, but it has that cool old "six cylinder" sound. Of course, we couldn't pass up the chance to award Jose Vega's "family" car an Editor's Choice Car Show Top 10 Award.

Another thing that drew our attention to Vega's '52 was the '61 Impala parked right behind it. This car was all original, although not in the hands of its original owner. We found it ironic that two cars of this ilk were parked next to each other. For more on the "all original" Impala, see our full coverage in the pages of Super Chevy magazine.

Here in Gainesville, the drag racers were "hot." We watched sizzling and "scary" performances that kept the crowd on the edge of its seats. We're also running additional coverage of the drag racing action in an upcoming issue of the magazine. In case you've never been here, North Central Florida is a great place to visit. Aside from Gainesville Raceway, you'll find plenty of cool antique shops, the University of Florida campus, and interesting historical sites nearby.

2003 GAINESVILLE SUPER CHEVY SHOW STATS
SATURDAY AWARDS
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CARS
David Bigelow, Cornell, MI, 79 El CaminoGary Cooke, Keystone Heights, FL, 67 Camaro
Robert DeBlasio, Tampa, FL, 84 Monte CarloLarry Flynn, Tampa, FL, 57 Chevy
Vernon Glisson, Gainesville, FL, 67 CamaroEddie Hampshire, Middleburg, FL, 73 Camaro
Ralph Icker, Orlando, FL, 67 Chevy IIPeter Luongo, Deland, FL, 66 Chevy II
Ernie Renfro, Middleburg, FL, 70 _ Camaro Z-28Jack Sapp, Port Charlotte, FL, 55 Chevy
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
Bill Buonomo, Astatula, FL, 64 ChevelleRosemarie Campbell, Newport Richey, FL, 67 Nova
Billy Dean, Ocala, FL, 69 CamaroAlex DiAmbrose, Suwanee, GA, 67 Chevelle
Ron & Vera Klenovic, Seffner, FL, 61 ImpalaGene Merckle, Panama City, FL, 57 Nomad
John Nobles, Jacksonville, FL, 55 ChevyBob & Bill Pierce, Holiday, FL, 73 Nova
Jose Vega, Gainesville, FL, 52 ChevyMark Woodhouse, Largo, FL, 92 Camaro
SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIORGiulio Breviario, Hudson, FL, 67 Nova
BEST PAINTJohnny Johnson, Centerville, GA, 69 Camaro
BEST ENGINEBill & Debora Bachschmidt, Inglis, FL, 69 Camaro
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED
BY RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
Johnny Golden, Pickens, SC, 72 Truck
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED
BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIES
William McVeigh, Deland, FL, 47 Truck
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCKSteve Bacorn, Marietta, GA, 67 Camaro
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREETRay & Sue Banks, Tullahoma, TN, 69 Camaro
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIEDBruce Perreault, Windermere, FL, 51 Ford Woodie
ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCEGerald Copeland, Tifton, GA, 62 Corvette
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERSJohn & Cathy Fig, Brandywine, MD, 71 Chevelle
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC.Richard Boyd, Albany, GA, 66 Nova
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCABob Phelps, Naples, FL, 55 Chevy
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARDRyan Belt, Lawrenceville, GA, 89 GMC Jimmy
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD
STREET RODDER MAGAZINE
Roland Haddick, Hilliard, FL, 34 Ford
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD
CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINE
Clint Wilson, Lake Butler, FL, 48 Truck
"OUTSTANDING CUSTOM ROD" AWARD
CUSTOM RODDER MAGAZINE
Bob Myers, Gainesville, FL, 47 Chevy Sedan Delivery
TREMEC "TRICK STICK" AWARDBill Kumm, Port Orange, FL, 69 Camaro>
SUNDAY AWARDS
SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARD--WORKMATRichard Boyd, Albany, GA, 66 Nova
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD"
FOR OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCE
Bruce Perreault, Windermere, FL, 51 Ford Woodie
"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD--SOFFSEALGerald Copeland, Tifton, GA, 62 Corvette
BEST OF GOLD--STOCK--STREET & PERFORMANCE, INC.Clark Parker, Birmingham, AL, 69 Camaro
BEST OF GOLD--STREET--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.Gary Trahan, Houma, LA, 69 Camaro
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.Lindy Farmer, Ellenwood, GA, 70 Nova
BEST PAINT GOLD CLASS
STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.
Johnny Norrell, Cumming, GA, 67 Camaro
BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURINGBob Phelps, Naples, FL, 55 Chevy
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEALClara & Roger Bailey, Buford, GA, 63 Impala
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROSBill & Debora Bachschmidt, Inglis, FL, 69
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUPGene Hubbard, Anniston, AL, 70
BEST CONVERSION--MEGUIAR'SDavid Wade, Palatka, FL, 39 Ford
BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINEChris Green, Dunlap, TN, 2002
BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTTLarry Stake, Callahan, FL, 36 Chevy
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.Wayne Bannister, Marietta, GA, 76 El Camino
BEST MONTE CARLO--PARTS UNLIMITEDElvin Owens, Severn, MD, 86 Monte Carlo
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUESBob & Bill Pierce, Holiday, FL, 73 Nova
BEST OPEN--WORKMAT.NETRandy Vargas, Middleburg, FL, 76 Vega
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED
AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTS
Bob Trathen, Longwood, FL, 70 Chevelle
BEST TRUCK--WORKMAT.NETJohnny Golden, Pickens, SC, 72 Truck
CLUB PARTICIPATIONSunshine State Camaro Club
AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. PARTNERSHIP AWARDAnita Woodruff, Pataskala, OH, Retiring Longtime AutoStar Employee
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--DRAG RACEBill Highhouse, Orange Park, FL, 80 Camaro
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--CAR SHOWRick Pittman, Lake City, FL, 67 Truck
FLOWMASTER DRAG RACE GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERJim Johnson, Cocoa, FL, 96 Trans Am
FLOWMASTER CAR SHOW GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERJames Duttinger, Melrose, FL, 55 Chevy
MR. GASKET "BRACKET ONE" GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERSGary Byrd, Pembroke Pines, FL, 2002 Mullis Dragster
Ken Etchison, Sarasota, FL, 96 Mullis Dragster
BEST APPEARING CREW--SIMPSONTerry Gregoris, Port St. Lucie, FL, 68 Camaro
GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD CAMARO '67-69--STOCKJohnny Norrell, Cumming, GA, 67
GOLD CAMARO '67-69--STOCKClark Parker, Birmingham, AL, 69
GOLD CAMARO '67-69--STOCKDanny Hansard, Cumming, GA, 69
GOLD CAMARO '67-69--STREETGary Trahan, Houma, LA, 69
GOLD NOVA '68 & EARLIER--STOCKLindy Farmer, Ellenwood, GA, 70
CLASS WINNERS
'55-56-57--STOCKDonald Sanders, Seminole, FL, 57
'55-56-57--STREETK.D. Shores, Pensacola, FL, 56
'55--MODIFIEDBob Phelps, Naples, FL, 55
'56-57--MODIFIEDGene Merckle, Panama City, FL, 57
BIG CAR '49-54--STOCKJose Vega, Gainesville, FL, 52
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCKBarry Camp, Monroe, GA, 62
BIG CAR '58-89--STREETHarold Doherty, Tavares, FL, 58
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIEDClara & Roger Bailey, Buford, GA, 63
BIG CAR '90-96--STOCKBrian Price, Alachua, FL, 96
BIG CAR '90-96--STREETMike Moody, Franklin, KY, 96
BIG CAR '90-96--MODIFIEDTony Allers, Hendersonville, TN, 91
CAMARO '67-69--STOCKSteve Bacorn, Marietta, GA, 67
CAMARO '67-68--STREETDiane Dagley, Atlantic Beach, FL, 67
CAMARO '69--STREETRay & Sue Banks, Tullahoma, TN, 69
CAMARO '67-69--MODIFIEDBill & Debora Bachschmidt, Inglis, FL, 69
CAMARO '70-81--STOCKCharles Pierce, Malabar, FL, 71
CAMARO '70-81--STREETJames Vinciguerra, Kissimmee, FL, 72
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIEDAlan Marshall, Tampa, FL, 71
CAMARO '82-92--STOCKTom Alexander, Lakeland, FL, 91
CAMARO '82-92--STREETMark Woodhouse, Largo, FL, 92
CAMARO '82-92--MODIFIEDRyan Wayne McCloy, Palm Bay, FL, 87
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STOCKDouglas Reed, Riverview, FL, 2002
CAMARO '93-99--STREETJA "Chip" Wright, Marietta, GA, 97
CAMARO '00 & NEWER--STREETPaul & Kathy Hewett, Tallahassee, FL, 2002
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--MODIFIEDKeith Allen, Melbourne, FL, 2000
CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCKJA "Chip" Wright, Marietta, GA, 67
CHEVELLE '64-67--STREETJim Kelty, Hahira, GA, 67
CHEVELLE '64-67--MODIFIEDAlex DiAmbrose, Suwanee, GA, 67
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCKFred Kossen, Centereach, NY, 70
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STREETJohn & Cathy Fig, Brandywine, MD, 71
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIEDGene Hubbard, Anniston, AL, 70
CONVERSION '34 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDDavid Wade, Palatka, FL, 39 Ford
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--STOCKMitchell Bell, Winter Springs, FL, 88 Ford
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--STREETMatthew Bell, Orlando, FL, 2002 Pontiac
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--MODIFIEDBruce Perreault, Windermere, FL, 51 Ford Woodie
CORVETTE '53-67--STOCKStephen & Sandra Twiss, Hudson, FL, 66
CORVETTE '53-67--STREETMark Karpovck, Ocala, FL, 67
CORVETTE '53-67--MODIFIEDGerald Copeland, Tifton, GA, 62
CORVETTE '68-82--STOCKJay North, Inverness, FL, 73
CORVETTE '68-82--STREETGeoffrey Yoder, Ponte Vedra, FL, 72
CORVETTE '68-82--MODIFIEDEd Dolan, Weirsdale, FL, 76
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STOCKTerry Cookson, Ocala, FL, 99
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STREETChris Green, Dunlap, TN, 2002
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER --MODIFIEDPhil & Charlotte Childers, Ocala, FL, 2001
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDBill Clark/Joe Demarco, Jacksonville, FL, 34
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIEDLarry Stake, Callahan, FL, 36
EL CAMINO--STREETDavid Bojalad, Brooksville, FL, 68
EL CAMINO--MODIFIEDWayne Banister, Marietta, GA, 76
MONTE CARLO--STOCKLamar Johnson, Lithonia, GA, 70
MONTE CARLO--STREETJack Mathena, Ocala, FL, 87
MONTE CARLO--MODIFIEDElvin Owens, Severn, MD, 86
NOVA '62-67--STOCKRosemarie & Peter Campbell, Newport Richey, FL, 67
NOVA '62-67--STREETGiulio Breviario, Hudson, FL, 67
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIEDBrian Moss, St. Cloud, FL, 65
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STREETChris Teed, Orlando, FL, 68
NOVA '68 & NEWER--MODIFIEDBob & Bill Pierce, Holiday, FL, 73
OPEN--STREETRon Vargas, Middleburg, FL, 76
PRO STREET--MODIFIEDDave VanAlystine, Oldsmar, FL, 63 Corvette
PRO STREET TRUCK--MODIFIEDDavid Ashley, Adel, GA, 67
PRO STREET CHEVELLE--MODIFIEDBob Trathen, Longwood, FL, 70
PRO ENGINEERED--MODIFIEDRichard Boyd, Albany, GA, 66 Nova
STREET CRUISER AWARDS BY TREMEC TRANSMISSIONSNance Choate, Orlando, FL, 64 Nova SS
Ben Parker, Boston, GA, 56 Bel Air
TRUCK '49-66--MODIFIEDTommy Hyhon, Guille, FL, 66
TRUCK '67-72--MODIFIEDJohnny Golden, Pickens, SC, 72
TRUCK '73-87--STREETRandy Adle, Valdosta, GA, 87
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--STOCKSteve Lipmon, Gainesville, Fl, 2003
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--STREETDeborah Chiodo, Forkridge, MD, 2004
4X4 TRUCK--STREETMike Mills, Melrose, FL, 85
4X4 TRUCK--MODIFIEDDave Buroetsky, Orange Park, FL, 2000
MINI TRUCK--STREETAndy Pugh, Middleburg, FL, 99
MINI TRUCK--MODIFIEDJohn Tingley, Tampa, FL, 95
SUV--MODIFIEDMarty Anderson, Pomona Park, FL, 86
4X4 SUV--STOCKChristopher Mills, Fort Myers, FL, 71
4X4 SUV--STREETPhil Kilgore, Gainesville, FL, 96
4X4 SUV--MODIFIEDRyan Belt, Lawrenceville, GA, 87
MINI SUV--STREETRonnie Chesser, Alachua, FL, 87
MINI SUV--MODIFIEDSteven King, Gainesville, FL, 87
DRAG RACE RESULTS
BRACKET 1
WINNERMike Bonacci, Ocala, FL, 70 Camaro, 10.087 @ 131.77mph
RUNNER-UPWyman Long, Palatka, FL, 95 Dragster, 8.423 @ 159.51mph
BRACKET 2
WINNERPatrick Steele, Newport Richey, FL, 70 Chevelle, 10.533 @ 117.52mph
RUNNER-UPEmo Caraballo, Lakeland, FL, 78 El Camino, 10.574 @ 127.96mph
DOT STREET TIRE
WINNERJamie Kelly, Ocala, FL, 73 Corvette, 15.528 @ 88.44mph
RUNNER-UPKevin Smith, Gainesville, FL, 95 Firebird, 12.726 @ 105.99mph
NITRO COUPES
WINNERTo be finished at Tucson
SATURDAY BRACKET RACE
WINNERMelissa Hutson, Lady Lake, FL, 2000 Dragster, 8.499 @ 121.78mph
RUNNER-UPDean Thompson, Sarasota, FL, 2002 Dragster
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