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Up in Thin Air: 2004 Super Chevy Show Denver

Chevy Fanatics Gather In Denver

Tony Kelly Nov 10, 2004

Whatever we're expecting at the Super Chevy Show in Denver, we always get a surprise or two. When we expect trucks (which is natural up in the mountains), we get Corvettes. If we anticipate Camaros, we get Novas. This year we got everything. The best and brightest Chevys poured in the show grounds and the racetrack and completely dazzled us. These cars came from as far away as Washington to the north, New Mexico and Texas from the south, and Illinois to the east. Of course we had a bunch from California and even one from Alaska! Denver draws 'em all. The racing was the greatest and we even found one of our favorite local guys, Jim Nordhougen (Nitro Coupe Champ for 2001) helping out in the pits. Of course we can't go into Denver without a thought or two, and some remembrances of, another great racer, John Reynolds, who we lost here at last year's event. We all miss the big guy.


No doubt, Larry Christensen's '67 from Arvada, CO, is the Best Camaro, and the judges thought so, too.

Great paint on a great Vette: Mike Ridder from Westminster, CO, took home the Trim Parts and Vette Magazine Best Corvette award for his fine '99.

We liked the Corvette (which is a real Vette).

What better way to race and be reliable than to drop in a crate 572?

Is this a true "frame-off?"

We don't see enough of these any more.

We can't resist saying "chop, chop, chop."

Ready for a "blow out" sale.

Fourth-Gen fans might like Evan Cox's '94 from Denver.

Kamie Minor of Idledale, CO, runs this '82 Corvette in Bracket One at 10.20 seconds and 132 mph. It took an Editor's Choice Top Ten Drag Car award.

Chad McCune might have what it takes to be a racer. He's 20 years old, runs his '64 Chevelle, and brought it out to the track all by himself. Just loves to race. They had to give him an Editor's Choice Top Ten Drag Car award.

Car show judges are everywhere. Reggie Tibbets pokes around the big trucks looking for good work.

Bill Lagoni from Parker, CO, campaigns this fine dragster in Bracket One. It runs 8.20s at 160-plus mph. We were drawn to it because of its F.A.S.T. injection system. The 588 aluminum Merlin also is equipped with Edelbrock heads.

When we come to Colorado, Kelly helps sell SUPER CHEVY subscriptions.

Allen Pfannenstiel comes from Lakewood, CO, and took home an Editor's Choice Drag Car Top Ten award for this great '67 Camaro.

There really is a Timing Tower behind all of that smoke but Fran Peppler is blowing some heat at it.

Burnouts from the back.

Dave Tomasino's brilliant Camaro.

Gary Irving's consistent "front-running" '37 Chevy Nitro Coupe.

If we had a Long Distance award this one would definitely win it.

Steve Jones' Purple '69 Nova from Littleton, CO, is an eye-catcher. It's also a winner of an Editor's Choice Top Ten Drag Car award.

We don't know if Rick Nuances great looking '67 Chevelle took any awards but it sure caught our attention--nice flames!


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