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Wet and Wild: Super Chevy Show Martin, Michigan

A little wet weather didn't deter the SCS faithful at Martin, Michigan

Yes, it took a while for the track to dry. And, yes, the show field was a little squishy underfoot, but to the loyal participants of the Super Chevy Show at Martin, Michigan's US 131 Dragway, it wasn't an unfamiliar scenario.

It seems like the last few times the SCS has blown into Martin, so to has a string of summertime thunderstorms. Nevertheless, attendance was strong from car show participants, spectators and, especially, the drag racers.

We suspect Martin's recent track and facilities re-do has much to do with the SCS' continuing popularity--no longer to car show participants have to bump down a duty entrance road. It's all paved now and believe us, if you haven't been to Martin for a few years because of the old set-up, try it again in '05--you won't even recognize the place!

The swap meet was probably the best we've at Martin and the car show had one the best collections of high-caliber cars we've seen in a long time, but we have to give it up to the racers. From the local bracket heroes to the Chicago Outlaws, as well as the outrageous Nitro Coupes and jet cars, wheels-in-the-air racing is non-stop.

Well, it did stop a couple times when one of the Outlaws' tire-bouncing launches sent him into a brush with the retaining wall and one of the Nitro Coupes got a little singed at the top end of the track, but those were minor diversions in otherwise clean weekend of heads-up racing.

But perhaps the crowd favorite was local hot shoe Mike Tafil, whose home base was literally just up the road a few minutes from the track. He piloted a thundering '85 Monte Carlo that packed an alcohol-sipping, injected 509. The big-block was pumped up with two 76-series turbos, which Tafil says gives the combination nearly 1,700 hp at 18 pounds of boost. With a long, funny car-style rear wing to keep the tail end from lifting the aerodynamically challenged Monte off the ground, Tafil's best e.t. in the car is a blistering 7.40! We couldn't help but give the car one of our Editor's Choice awards.

There were equally stunning cars in the show field, including Tim Roberts's gorgeous Pro Engineered '67 Vette and Brian Cornish's understated Pro Touring-style '69 Camaro. Both cars garnered more than one trophy for their owners over the weekend.

But, as in the last couple of years at Martin, black clouds threatened in the early afternoon and made good on those threats by mid-afternoon. The rain may have brought the Martin SCS to an earlier end, but it was hard to dampen the enthusiasm from one of the Super Chevy Show's oldest and most popular stops.

Here's to hoping the '05 event will be a little drier. See you there!

SUPER CHEVY TREMEC CAR SHOW SERIES AWARDS
SATURDAY AWARDS
Class Winner
INTERIORLarry Kuspers, Hudsonville, MI, '37 Ford
PAINTRon Carpenter, Battle Creek, MI, '48 Chevy p/u
ENGINEBuddy Pollack, Rochester, IND, '93 Chevy p/u
OUTSTANDING STOCKSue and Bill Amriz, Indianapolis, IN, '63 Nova
OUTSTANDING STREETJoe van Nells, Scotts, MI, '69 Camaro
OUTSTANDING MODIFIEDSteve & Bev West, Normal, IL, '72 Chevelle
Featherlite Trailers "TRANSPORT" Award - Sponsored by Featherlite, Inc.Ed Coffel, Bremen, IND, '66 Chevelle
American Colorscans, Inc. "GRAPHICS" AwardGreg Tolles, Shelbyville, MI, '69 Chevelle
ISCA AWARD OF EXCELLENCEBrian Cornish, Layton, MI, '69 Camaro
Suzuki "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AwardPete Bourque, Grand Haven, MI, '64 Chevy p/u
OUTSTANDING STREET ROD - Presented by Street Rodder MagazineJohn Herman, Juley City, MI, '41 Chevy
OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK - Presented by Classic Truck MagazineBill Fike, Kalamazoo, MI, '66 Chevy p/u
DETAIL - Sponsored by Racing Communications, Inc.Randy Kirker, Sanborn, NY, '66 Chevelle
WORKMANSHIP - Sponsored by Waterloo Industries, Inc.Tim Roberts, Kalamazoo, MI, '67 Corvette
EDITOR'S CHOICE - DRAG RACE TOP 10
Duke Lopez Bay City, MI '64 CorvetteGary Rentsman Greenville, MI '64 Nova
Calvin Caswell Kalamazoo, MI '62 ChevyTom Balden Muskegon, MI '69 Chevelle
Dennis O'Conner Portland, MI '63 Chevy IIJosh Henline Rossford, OH '78 Malibu
Mike Tafil Shelbyville, MI '85 Monte Carlo SSGreg Russell Ravenna, MI '91 Camaro
Mike Finney Portage, MI '71 VegaPeter Murphy Royal Oak, MI '69 Camaro

EDITOR'S CHOICE - TREMEC TRANSMISSIONS CAR SHOW SERIES TOP 10
Tom & Sandy Stallard, Eaton Rapids, MI, '64 ChevyLe Roy & Sandy Dike, Cooperville, MI, '33 Chevy
Wallace Baker, Jr. ,Kalamazoo, MI, 70 1/2 CamaroBrian Henderson, Zealand, MI, '70 Chevelle
Bernie Hickey, Nashville, MI, '64 ChevyRegis Vorva, Kalamazoo, MI, '57 Chevy
Michael Rendine, Waterord, MI, '56 ChevyMarty Capaldi, Muskegon, MI, '63 Nova
Brenda & Douglas Toska, National, MI, '68 CamaroCharles Ragland, Elkhart, IND, '68 Chevelle

SUNDAY AWARDS
ClassWinner
BIG CAR (Includes Impala, Biscayne and Caprice) Sponsored by A&M SoffSeal, Inc.
1958 - 1989Bernie Hickory, Nashville, MI, '64 Impala SS
CAMARO - Sponsored by Rick's First Generation Camaro
1967-1968John Gleason, Grand Rapids, MI, '68 Camaro
1969 OnlyBrian Cornish, Canton, MI, '69 Camaro
1970 - 1981Scott Delsman, Waukesha, WI, '71 Camaro
1982 - 1992Matt Devong, Grand Rapids, MI, '92 Camaro
1993 - newerTerry Andrews, Grand Junction, MI, '94 Camaro
CHEVELLE - Sponsored by Original Parts Group
1964 - 1967Bill Kamps, Walker, MI, '66 Chevelle
1968-NewerSteve & Bev West, Normal, IL, '72 Nova
CORVETTE - Sponsored by TrimParts, Inc. & Vette America's Favorite Corvette Magazine
1953 - 1967Ray C. Coon, Hamilton, MI, '62 Vette
1968 - 1982Pete Thysee, Portage, MI, '78 Vette
1984 - NewerDudley Bendenbrock, Belmont, MI, '97 Vette
CONVERSION - Sponsored by Meguiar's Inc.
1948 and EarlierLarry Kaiders, Hudsonville, MI, '37 Ford
1949 and NewerCharlie Gibson, Walker, MI, '88 Pontiac
CHEVROLET 1955-56-57 - Sponsored by Danchuk Manufacturing, Inc.
1955-1956Michael T. Rendine, Waterford, MI, '56 Chevy
1957 OnlyRegis Vorva, Kalamazoo, MI, '57 Chevy
EARLY CHEVROLET - Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Corporation
1900 - 1935LeRoy & Sandy Dike, Coopersville, MI, '33 Chevy
1936-1948Ron & Lynda Carpenter, Battle Creek, MI, '48 Chevy p/u
EL CAMINO Sponsored by Parts Unlimited, Inc.Jim O'neal, Marysville, OH, '70 El Camino
MONTE CARLO - Sponsored by WorkMat.netMark Black, Kalamazoo, MI, '70 Monte Carlo
NOVA - Sponsored by Wheel Vintiques Inc.
1962 - 1967Sue & Bill Amrine, Indianapolis, IND, '63 Nova
1968 & NewerBill Thomas, Kalamazoo, MI, '72 Nova
OPENJohn Wieseo, Niles, MI, '72 Nova
PRO ENGINEEREDTim Roberts, Kalamazoo, MI, '67 Vette
PRO STREETJohn Schrewsbury, Pontiac, IL, '66 Nova
1949 - 1972 Two Wheel DriveDavid L. Mead, Nattaquan, MI, '39 Chevy p/u
1988 & Newer Two Wheel DriveBuddy Pollock, Rochester, MI, '93 Chevy p/u
Sport Utility
Mini Pickup Two Wheel DriveNick Jenenna, Caledonia, MI, '88 Chevy p/u
Full Size & Mini Sport Utility VehiclePete Bourque, Grand Haven, MI, '64 Chevy
4X4 Full Size & Mini Pickup 4X4Randy Wood, Michigan, '95 Chevy
CHEVELLE 1966 GOLD CLASSRandy Kirker, Sanborn, NY , '66 Chevelle
CHEVELLE 1966 GOLD CLASS Ed Coffel, Bremer, IND, '66 Chevelle
CHEVELLE 1968 GOLD CLASSCharles Ragland, Elkhart, IND, '68 Chevelle
CHEVELLE 1969 GOLD CLASSMark Ragland, Elkhart, IND, '69 Chevelle
BEST BIG CAR Sponsored by A&M SOFFSEAL, Inc.Bernie Hickey, Nashville, MI, '64 Chevy
BEST CAMARO Sponsored by Rick's First Generation CamarosBrian Cornish, Canton, MI, '69 Camaro
BEST CHEVELLE Sponsored by Original Parts GroupBill Kamps, Walker, MI, '66 Chevelle
BEST CORVETTE Sponsored by Trim Parts & Vette, America's Favorite Corvette magazineDudley Bendenbrock, Belmont, MI, '97 Vette
BEST CONVERSION Sponsored by Meguiar'sLarry Kriders, Hudsonville, MI, '37 Ford
BEST CHEVY 1955-1957 Sponsored by Danchuk ManufacturingMichael Rendine, Waterford, MI, '56 Chevy
BEST EARLY CHEVY Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark ScottRon & Linda Carpenter, Battle Creek, MI, '48 Chevy p/u
BEST EL CAMINO Sponsored by Parts Unlimited, Inc.Tim O'Neal, Marysville, OH, '70 El Camino
BEST MONTE CARLO Sponsored by WorkMat.netMark Black, Kalamazoo, MI, '70 Monte Carlo
BEST NOVA Sponsored by Wheel Vintiques, Inc.Sue & Bill Amrine, Indianapolis, IN, '63 Nova
BEST OPEN Sponsored by WorkMat.NetJohn Wiese, Niles, MI, '72 Vega
BEST PRO STREET/ENGINEEREDTim Roberts, Kalamazoo, MI, '67 Vette
BEST TRUCK Sponsored by WorkMat.netDavid L. Mead, Nattawan, MI, '49 Chevy p/u
BEST PAINT GOLD CLASS Sponsored by WorkMat.netMark Ragland, Elkhart, IND, '69 Chevelle
BEST DETAIL - Sponsored by WorkMat.NetCharles Ragland, Elkhart, IND, '68 Chevelle
BEST ENGINE GOLD CLASS Sponsored by WorkMat.netEd Coffel, Bremer, IND, '66 Chevelle
AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. PARTNERSHIP AWARDGeorge and "Ma" Hall, Martin, MI (50th wedding anniversary!)
TREMEC TRANSMISSION BEST IN SHOW AWARDRandy Kirker, Sanborn, NY, '66 Chevelle
TREMEC TRANSMISSION WINNERJohn Jay Herman Kimball, MI.
WATERLOO INDUSTRIES TOOL BOX WINNERS
Car ShowKen Racine, Kalamazoo, MI
Drag RaceJim Laroy, Galesburg, MI, '94 Camaro
FLOWMASTER GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERS
Car ShowDouglas Roylyn, Allegan, MI
Drag RaceBruce Allen, Wyoming, ONT, CA, '85 Cutlass
MR. GASKET CO. "BRACKET ONE" GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERS
SIMPSON BEST APPEARING CREWDanny Schuler, "Schuler Racing", Jackson, MI, '68 Camaro
SOFFSEAL "ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARDSteve & Bev West, Normal, IL, '72 Chevelle
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD" FOR OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCEBuddy Pollock, Rochester, IND, '93 Chevy p/u
WORKMAT AWARD OF EXCELLENCEJohn Shrewsbury, Pontiac, IL, '66 Nova

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