2013 Super Chevy Show - Royal Purple Raceway

Baytown Bowties - Royal Purple Raceway hosts the 11th event in the Super Chevy Show Series and the Second Visit to Texas

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The last weekend in September was a double header for the Super Chevy Show series. Texas and Tennessee were both hosting these bow-tie only events. Half of the staff headed to Bristol, while the other half took a trip to the southwest area of the lone star state. You can read all about what went down in Bristol in this very issue.

Royal Purple Raceway is located in Baytown, Texas, and was the sight of a single day Super Chevy Show and the second visit of the series to the Lone Star State in 2013. The show was supposed to run two days but an unwanted visit from Mother Nature shut the show down on Sunday. Saturday was dry enough to stuff two days worth of show into one, the only real casualty of the rain was the drag racing finals.

The car show kicked off Saturday morning with a cruise sponsored by and starting at Ron Craft Chevrolet, a few miles away from the track. Cruisers were greeted with coffee and doughnuts as they lined up for the road trip. A few of Houston’s boys in blue showed up to give the long line of cars an escort, making it a nice uninterrupted ride. Once the cruisers made it to the track they were funneled into the staging lanes, then out on the return road of the track for a parade lap in front of the grandstands. From there they were parked in the show field.

This event had the show field laid out a bit different than usual. Typically the show cars are separated by class, so all the tri fives park together, then the ’Vettes, and so on. This time all cars were parked in rows by when they arrived. So for a change we had 5th gen Camaros parked next to 1st gens and trucks next to Bel Airs. While it made judging a bit harder, it was nice to see something different around each fender.

The staging lanes were busy all day, as everything from junior dragsters to altereds tripped the lights at the end of the track. One thing we are sure of, Texans love their horsepower. There were so many sub 11-second vehicles of all types it made watching the races a blast. Even with the rain the event was a good time, and we look forward to coming back next year.

Results

Editors Choice Car Show Awards
Joseph Mouton New Orleans, LA ’55 Bel Air
Kenny Frederic Geismar, LA ’57 Bel Air
Randy Blackwell Highlands, TX ’61 Corvette
Danny Licatine Baytown, TX ’65 Impala
Kevin McElroy Baycliff, TX ’66 El Camino
Wayne Williams Baytown, TX ’68 Camaro
Kevin Bellard Welsh, TX ’69 Chevelle
Daniel Mark Houston, TX ’71 Monte Carlo
Vincent Pilney Kenan, TX ’73 Camaro
Anna Kidder Crosby, TX ’75 Nova
Editors Choice Drag Car Awards
Earl Thrift Houston, TX ’55 Bel Air
Mitchell Lawrence Baytown, TX ’55 Bel Air
Jim Parchman Montgomery, TX ’65 Chevelle
Mike Shishkoff Houston, TX ’67 Camaro
Billy Talbot League City, TX ’69 Camaro
Tom Hard Baytown,TX ’69 Camaro
Brad Bloomer Sugarland,TX ’69 Nova
Gene Fontenot Dayton,TX ’76 LUV
James Fruge Orange, TX ’81 Camaro
Dewayne League Houston, TX ’85 S-10
Drag Race Results
Sportsman Jr. Dragster
Champion Blaine Hightower Crosby, TX
Runner Up Dalton Lummus China, TX
Footbrake
Champion Brian Gallagher Houston, TX
Runner Up Terry Frederich Par, TX
Bracket Electronics
Champion Brian Holloway Houston, TX
Runner Up Mitchell Lawrence Baytown, TX
D.O.T.
Champion Matthew Legg LaPorte, TX
Runner Up Laurie Vontur San Antonio, TX
Altered
Champion Howard Farris Springtown, TX
Runner Up Mary Reep Austin, TX

1985 S10 Editors 14/30

11. One of our Editor’s Choice drag awards went to Dewayne League of Deer Park, Texas, and his ’85 S-10. The little truck has a 408 mouse backed by a Powerglide with a 4200 stall, and a 4.10-geared 9-inch.

1981 Chevy 24/30

15. One of our heroes of the day was James Fruge and his 468 big-block powered ’81 Camaro. James is the one in the wheel chair and he races using hand controls. Talk about a handful—you try running a 9.78 without using your feet.

Here are the Houston, Texas winners from the AMSOIL Best of the Best Competition, presented by Danchuk and Classic Muscle:

Amsoil Best 25/30
1955 Chevy Bel Air 26/30

Tri-Five—Wayne Hick, ’55 Chevy Bel Air Sedan

1972 Chevy Camaro 27/30

Camaro—Patrick Grigsby, ’72 Chevy Camaro RS

1966 Chevy El 28/30

Chevelle—Kevin McElroy, ’66 Chevy El Camino

1966 Chevy 29/30

Nova—Laurie Vontur, ’66 Chevy Nova

1965 Chevy Impala 30/30

Fullsize, ’58-up—Danny Licatino, ’65 Chevy Impala SS

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.

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