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Super Chevy Show Memphis 2004

Memphis Rocks Us

Tony Kelly May 13, 2004

Get to the show early for a parking spot. Get to the swap meet and car corral real early as the folks come from all over three or four states to buy and sell.

Memphis packs 'em in, and we love it. The track held all the power any car could lay on it, and the sun shined all week long--so the show cars shined for all the fans. We spent the early part of Sunday morning setting up a photo shoot for a magazine cover and features, so we prevailed on some of the South's finest young ladies to accent two of the finest Camaros we have ever seen. We used up some serious tire rubber while we were at it, but then what's a magazine shot worth?

We did manage to spend a few productive hours seeing the sights on Beale Street one night, but even though the music was great and the talent was awesome, the show at Memphis Motorsports Park was still our favorite. There must be something about the sights, sounds, and smell of Nitro and burnouts that we love.


All eyes were on Bob Hall's amazing quarter-mile wheel stand and the fired-up Fighterbird Jet Funny Car of Al Hanna.

It takes a ton of torque to twist slicks the way Dan Nickelson's Nitro Coupe does. Off to another blazing quarter-mile at Memphis, this team is looking for a "three-peat" (having won the Nitro Coupe Championship the last two years in a row). The amazing thing is, Dan has this car for sale since he would really like to concentrate on getting his new C5 Corvette on the track. Make him an offer!

DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT, leave the stands while the Chicago Outlaws are in the staging area. Full-bodied, street-legal, back-halved door slammers running low eight-second elapsed times and launching with awesome wheelstands are not to be missed.

Kids, don't try this at home. Our friends at Lonestar Muscle Car provided us with some very nice Super Chevy Shirts, which our models immediately customized. Usually the clothes have to come off before tailoring, but we must remember this scene played out at the top end of the dragstrip--so some conscessions had to be made.

Our first set of models needed to get back to their regular jobs, but fortunately we had backup. Shot director Andrew Shear calls the action as the Camaros light 'em up and the girls wave the flags.

We thought we were back in California. Where else would you find a place that sells gasoline and sushi? Memphis is where.

Sunday Awards
BIG CAR (Includes Impala, Biscayne and Caprice) Sponsored by A&M SoffSeal, Inc.
1958 - 1989Larry Frederick, Petersburg, TN, '62 Chevy
1990 & NewerMike Moody, Franklin, KY, '96
CAMARO - Sponsored by Rick's First Generation Camaro
1967Jeff Wall, Cordova, TN
1968Jim Rotenberry, Memphis,TN
1969Ray & Sue Banks, Tullahoma, TN
1970 - 1981Chad Wooley, Mayfield, KY, '71 Camaro
1982 - 1992Cole Reasons, Medina, TN, '91 Camaro
1993 & NewerJason Ortner, Iuka, MS, 2002 Camaro
CHEVELLE - Sponsored by Original Parts Group
1964 - 1967Cory Bawcum, Bartlett, TN, '67 Chevelle
1968-1970Bill & Pam Rhodes, Ripley, TN, '70 Chevelle
1971 - 1981Steve & Bev West, Normal, IL, '72 Chevelle
CORVETTE - Sponsored by TrimParts, Inc. & Vette America's Favorite Corvette Magazine
1953 - 1963Jeep Compton, Lufkin, TX, '60 Corvette
1964-1966Joy Youngblood, Longview, TX, '66 Corvette
1968 - 1982Micky Talbott, Savannah, TN, '71 Corvette
1984 & NewerCharles A. Busco, Madison,TN, '93 Corvette
CONVERSION - Sponsored by Meguiar's Inc.
Pre 1940Tim Williams, Marion, AK, 32 Ford
1949 & NewerRed & Bonnie Bledsoe, Avon, IL, '49 Mercury
CHEVROLET 1955-56-57 - Sponsored by Danchuk Manufacturing, Inc.
1955 OnlyDavid Craig, Atoka, TN
1956-1957Brian Vanzant, Paducah, KY, '57 Chevy
1955-1957 ConvertiblesFreedy & Lanette Fain, Jackson, TN, '55 Chevy
1955-57 NomadDavid Cates, Columbia, TN, '55 Nomad
EARLY CHEVROLET - Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Corporation
1900 - 1935Regina Hutchenson, Gates, TN, '35 Chevy p/u
1936 - 1948Cary Bancum, Barlett, TN, '41 Chevy
EL CAMINO Sponsored by Parts Unlimited, Inc.Richard Short, Marion, IL, '67 El Camino
MONTE CARLO - Sponsored by
1971-1988Eric Kemp, Petersburg, IN, '86 Monte Carlo
1989 - 2004Jery Watson, Paducah, KY, 2001 Monte Carlo
NOVA - Sponsored by Wheel Vintiques Inc.
1962 - 1967Dan & Jan Labonte, Lake Ozark, MO, '67 Nova
1968 & NewerRobert Lambert II, Metarie, LA, '70 Nova
OPEN - Sponsored by WorkMat.netTim Stolp, '65 Corvair
PRO ENGINEEREDKevin Sims, Hammond, LA, '72 Vega
PRO STREETJohn Shrewsbury, Pontiac, IL, '66 Chevy II
PICK UP TRUCK - Sponsored by
1949 - 1964 Two Wheel DriveLloyd Conley, Strafford, MO, '57 Chevy
1965-1972Kenny Randle, Paducah, KY, '70 GMC
1973 - 1987 Two Wheel DriveNel & Melinda Blanford, Conoke, AK, '86 Chevy
1988 & Newer Two Wheel DriveWarden Kemp, Petersburg, MO, '93 GMC
Mini Pickup Two Wheel DriveBernard Saileau, Eunice, LA, '97 Chevy
Full Size & Mini Sport Utility VehicleMary & Jack Johnson, Metropolis, IL '71 Chevy
4X4 Full Size & Mini Pickup 4X4Mike Thomas, Tumbling Springs, AK, '85 Chevy
Full Size & Mini Sport Utility Vehicle 4X4Phillip Goodman, Oakfield, TN, 2000 Chevy
CONVERSION GOLD CLASSMike Matlock, Berryville, AK, '41 Willys
EL CAMINO GOLD CLASSJohn Bedendender, Mt. Vernon, TX, '66 El Camino
CAMARO GOLD CLASSGary Trehan, Houma, LA, '69 Camaro
1955-57 CHEVY GOLD CLASSTommy Stracaver, Jonesboro, AK, '56 Nomad
1955-57 CHEVY GOLD CLASSWyatt Stripling, San Antonio, TX '57 Chevy Convertible
1955-57 CHEVY GOLD CLASSWyatt Stripling, San Antonio, TX '57 Chevy h/top
BEST '55 - '57 Sponsored by Danchuck Manufacturing, Inc. David Cates, Columbia, TN, '55 Nomad
BEST BIG CAR Sponsored by A&M SOFFSEAL, Inc.Larry Frederick, Petersburg, TN, '62 Chevy
BEST CAMARO Sponsored by Rick's First Generation CamarosRay & Sue Banks, Tullahoma, TN, '69 Camaro
BEST CHEVELLE Sponsored by Original Parts GroupSteve & Bev West, Normal, IL, '72 Chevelle
BEST CONVERSION Sponsored by Meguiars Tim Williams, Marion, AK, '32 Roadster
BEST CORVETTE Sponsored by Trim Parts & Vette, America's Favorite Corvette magazineJeep Compton, Lufkin, TX, '60 Corvette
BEST EARLY CHEVY Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark ScottCary Baucum, Bartlett, TN, '41 Coupe
BEST EL CAMINO Sponsored by Parts Unlimited, Inc.Richard Short, Marion, IL, '67 El Camino
BEST MONTE CARLO Sponsored by WorkMat.netEric Kemp, Petersburg, IN, '86 Monte Carlo
BEST NOVA Sponsored by Wheel Vintiques, Inc.Sandy Penn, Lewistown, MO '63 Nova
BEST OPEN Sponsored by Jim Stoep, '65 Corvair
BEST PRO STREET/ENGINEEREDJohn Shrewsbury, Pontiac, IL, '66 Chevy II
BEST TRUCK Sponsored by WorkMat.netRobert Wyman, Madison, AL '55 Chevy p/u
BEST PAINT GOLD CLASS Sponsored by WorkMat.netCotton Tanner, Ward, TX, '56 Chevy
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS - Sponsored by WorkMat.netJohn Bedenbender, Mt. Vernon, TX, '66 El Camino
BEST ENGINE GOLD CLASS Sponsored by WorkMat.netMike Matlock, Berryville, AK, '41 Willys
TREMEC TRANSMISSION BEST IN SHOW AWARDScott Winfield, Winston-Salem, NC , '55 Chevy
SOFFSEAL "ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARDJoy Youngblood, Longview, TX '66 Corvette
WORKMAT AWARD OF EXCELLENCELloyd Conley, Stratford, MO, '57 Chevy p/u


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