Making its eighth stop for 2013, the Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance and Stevinson Chevrolet invaded the beautiful landscape of Colorado. Held at Bandimere Speedway, the track is nestled into the side of a mountain with a great view of the outskirts of Denver. A more scenic location would be hard to find. Participants responded by turning out in far greater numbers than the year before.
With multiple classes up for grabs (winners listed at the end of the story), the track was bustling with activity all day. Large plumes of tire smoke drifted away from the burnout box and the smell of race gas filled the air. It was awesome! Contrasting the drag strip was a show field that was packed to the gills with everything from stockers to all-out customs, and every resto-mod in between.
The Revell “Make ‘N Take” program was on site that provided kids with a Corvette snap-together model to build. For the bigger kids there was a swap meet area that had all kinds of parts and pieces, and even a few ready to drive home cars. We would like to give a special thanks to the sponsors of the event including Chevrolet Performance, Stevinson Chevrolet, Duracell, Original Parts Group, Aeromotive, Revell, Racing Junk, Collector Car Nation, RockAuto.com, AMSOIL, Camaro5, ShowFinder App, and Rudolph Foods.
Ron Vigil from Henderson, Colorado, came to run his ’68 Camaro powered by a Klyczek built 400 small-block. It’s backed by a TH400 and a 4.88 geared 9-inch. Ron says the car is good for consistent 11.2s, but it was the cleanliness of it that garnered him an Editor’s’ Choice drag car award.
Robert Baldwin was letting his niece Kristie pilot the 427-powered ’68 Chevelle down the 1320. The car has a Powerglide, a 4.56 geared 12-bolt, and a 250 hp N2O system. Kristie was running without the funny gas and was clicking off 10.60s with the wheels up on launch. The car is fully street legal and gets driven to local shows. Not too bad for a car that started out as a basket case.
There is wild paint and then there is WILD paint. This ’65 Imp belongs to Jeff Showalter and had tape fades, gold leaf and true fire flames all in one paint job. We can only imagine how much time it took to get it all done.
Alex Farmer built one heck of a clean ’74 Vega. Its got a massive 582 cubic-inch big-block fed by a BDS supercharger and a set of dual quads. A Hughes TH400 and Mark Williams 9-inch were used to hold all the power. Alex is still tuning the beast, but its good for 9.60s right now. The car is street legal and Mark said, “She’ll go as far as the gas will take it.” As thirsty as the big-block is, we suspect that’s could be a short trip.
We don’t get a lot of third-gen Camaros at our shows, but we had a few at Bandimere. This trio of black beauties all looked in perfect condition and the ’91 on the far end even won our Best of the Best competition.
We even had a COPO sighting …
Judy Longo from Littleton, Colorado, showed off her immaculate ’58 Apache pickup. The honey gold/white two-tone looked factory fresh and it was nice to see one of the rare short-bed fleetsides of this era.
Talk about style, GM designers did an excellent job on the ’61 Impala and we think Mike Flynn did a killer job restoring back to its original glory.
Larry Hansen from Bennett, Colorado, was out to get a few last passes in his ’64 Nova before taking it home to install some new goodies. He has a Heidts front clip, 406 Mouse, and a 9-inch to put in. We’re not sure what Larry’s gonna do with the 327 in there now, but we’re sure he can find a home for it.
Even after 20 years, Super Chevy Show attendees are still proud of the awards they’ve received. We spotted these two plaques from the ’92 show in someone’s trunk, and were doubly impressed that the clocks still worked!
Talk about a pair of giants. That’s what’s nice about a Super Chevy Show; you never know what kind of pairing you will get at the starting line.
A rare and unusual car parked on fullsize row was Steve and Vinnie Hasenock’s ’69 Caprice. Unrestored with 60,179 miles on the clock, it had the 335 HP version of the 427 under the hood, and an M20 four-speed behind it, both rare sights to see in a luxury-minded Caprice. Other options include Positraction, power steering, front buckets with console, AM pushbutton radio, and the vinyl top.
This ’63 Impala belongs to Larry Clark. He actually came to the event to show the car, but his friends talked him into running it on the track. Larry’s buddies joked and laughed that it would kill his chance of winning an award. We decided to give Larry a Drag Car award for how clean the car is, so Larry got the last laugh.
This ’70 Vette belongs to Frank Fernandez and has a 496 stroker big-block, Tremec five-speed, along with power windows and A/C. What caught our eye was the paint job and classic Mini Lite rims.
A regular at the Denver show and survivor Camaro enthusiast, Dave Beem had an amazing find to show the world. This Cortez Silver ’69 Z/28 is a legit barn find Dave rescued from California in 2012. Built at Van Nuys, this particular Z had some interesting options on it, including an Endura Bumper, factory tach and console gauges, 4.10 gears, chambered exhaust, M21, and a “—“ paint code denoting factory stripe delete. The car spent its entire life in California till 2012, and only has 33,000 miles on the odometer.
|DriveDuracell.com Bracket 1|
|Win Kris Whitfield, Littleton CO|
|R/U Steve Whitfield, Littleton CO|
|Larry Richardson, Alamosa CO|
|WIN Kariann Bombard, Lakewood CO|
|R/U Todd Morse, Littleton CO|
|Chad McEwan, Greely CO|
|CamaroGuys.com Gen 5 Challenge|
|WIN Debra Timmons, Cheyenne WY|
|R/U Tim Harper, Thornton CO|
|RedLine Performance Tuff Truck|
|WIN Jessie Jones, Centennial CO|
|R/U Joel Chien, Colorado Springs CO|
|WIN Tim Larson, Littleton CO|
|R/U John Tooker, Aurora CO|
|Santa Fe S&G Hot Street|
|WIN John Frank, Keenesburg CO|
|R/U Rod Dewild, Thornton CO|
|Nitro Knockout Challenge|
|WIN Jenni Russo|
|R/U Wendy Shaeffer|
|Paint by Krusty Outlaw 8.5|
|WIN Mike Barker, Frederick CO|
|R/U Scott Love, Centennial CO|
|WIN Tommy Johanns, Franktown CO|
|R/U Mark Lovell, Eagle CO|
|WIN Lee Stark, Englewood CO|
|R/U Dave Walters, Brighton CO|
Car Show Results
|Editor’s Top Five Car Show Awards|
|Mike Fink, Englewood, CO, ’72 Monte Carlo|
|Ray Christensen, Fort Collins, CO, ’70 Nova|
|Steve Hasenbeck, Pueblo, CO, ’69 Caprice|
|Kelly Meyer, Fort Collins, CO, ’57 Bel Air|
|Dale Hess, Cheyenne, WY, ’68 Camaro|
|Editor’s Top Five Drag Race Awards|
|Alex Farmer, Colorado Springs, CO ’74 Vega|
|Larry Hansen, Bennett, CO, ’64 Nova|
|Ron Vigil, Henderson, CO, ’68 Camaro|
|Kristie Baldwin, Strasburg, CO, ’68 Chevelle|
|Larry Clark, Denver, CO, ’63 Impala|
Here are the Denver, Colorado, winners from the AMSOIL Best of the Best competition, presented by Danchuk and Classic Muscle:
The AMSOIL Best of the Best voting begins the Monday after each Super Chevy Show and lasts through the following Monday at midnight. Keep your browser aimed at bestofthebest.superchevy.com to vote for next batch of classic Bow Ties.