It has been a few years, but the Super Chevy Show series has made its way back to California. The Super Chevy Show, presented by Chevrolet Performance and Original Parts Group (OPGI), finally made a stop for the first time in over two decades at Auto Club Famoso Raceway on the first weekend in June 2013. Test and tune started up on Friday night, and filled the sky with the smell of burnt rubber and the sound of horsepower. Come Saturday morning, the show cars started filing in, while Jason Woodruff from Jay Com Services out of Huntington Beach, California, set up the autocross course. The Camaro5 forum showed up in force, making the fifth-gen Camaro contingency huge.
Saturday was also the first time the crowd got to see the West Coast Outlaw Pro-Mods annihilate the track and shake a few eyeballs. There were multiple classes you could race in, from the Chevy Gamblers race to the True Street class, the CamaroGuys.com Gen 5 Challenge, and more. Sunday saw the second day of the show, along with big money bracket class time trials. Racers competed in the DriveDuracell.com Bracket 1 (Super Pro), Bracket 2 (Pro), the DOT Street class, as well as the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Eliminations.
While the track saw some quick e.t.'s over the weekend, we here at the magazine held a little competition of our own called the Super Chevy Magazine Triathlon. This is where participants competed in a series of autocross, drag racing, and brake stop events to find out who has the meanest Chevy powered vehicle on site. We know there are cars that are fast in a straight line and cars that can turn, but we wanted to find the car that was the best at all of those, and could also stop. The show had something for everybody, and we are happy to report it will be back again next year. We will be there with our cameras and note pads, so if you are on the west coast, why not come check it out?
Chris Schmit took 9 years to build this gorgeous double nickel drop top. He did all the work himself except for spraying the paint and sewing the upholstery. The entire car looks nice and balanced, but the interior really shines when the top is down. Chris' efforts garnered him multiple awards at the show, and we will be bringing you a feature on the car. So if you like this one, stay tuned!
Here we have Dwight Mashburn's '69 Camaro that he got when he was just 14 years old. With the help of his father Mike, the two built the car through Dwight's teen years. The father and son duo completed the car just two days before Dwight graduated from high school. What set this car apart at the show was the killer audio system neatly built into the trunk.
Pat Pozine made the 170-mile drive from Merced, California, in his blown '56. Pat has owned the car 25 years, and says this is the fourth motor. The 355 SBC is topped with a 6-71 blower, and backed by a Curry built 9-inch with 4:10 gears. Pat told us his most recent mod, a Tremec TKO six-speed, made the journey much more enjoyable by dropping his RPM's by a 1,000 at cruising speed.
John Swartsfager '67 has a 350 small-block backed by a TH350 and a Gear Vendors, giving him a six-speed automatic. The car was sort of finished a couple years ago, but John (like the rest of us) owns a car that will never really be done. John's latest additions are a set of EMS billet taillights, gas cap, and hood hinges.
Jason Aschle from Paso Robles, California, has owned this '91 Camaro for 13 years, and initially built it for drag racing. But that got a bit too expensive, so now he has a pretty gnarly street machine. It has a 377ci small-block underhood with Sportsman II heads. Jason reports the car went 11.97 at 120.3 before retiring it to street duty only.
Kelly Crowther bought this true SS396 '68 EL Camino 2 years ago, and said he only needed to do a few things to make it perfect for him. He lowered it down, gave it a deep cleaning, and had an SMI carb built for it. Its nice to see the car still wears the original Palomino Ivory and black vinyl top exterior.
Another very clean '69 at the show was this Black and Orange beauty belonging to Ron Bowman. Its got a 502 backed by a Richmond six-speed and a 9-inch with low 5:11 gears.
Mike Beckwith from Tehachapi, California, had his '79 Malibu on the track all day, and ended up taking home an Editor's Choice award for how clean his G-Body was.
Here is a another pair Editor's Choice drag award winners, Tim Gorman in the Orange '64 El Co, and his daughter Meghan Anita Gorman in her '73 Nova. Both cars are running Rick Fauset engines, a 485 in dad's ride, and a 383 in Meghan's. On this pass, Tim ran a 10.65 to Meghan's 10.86, making for a close family drag race.
Here we have two of the True Street winners, 12-second winner Lacie Phinney in her Trailblazer SS, going against the 13-Second winner, Chris Lee in his '99 Camaro.