With the epicenter of the auto industry still centered in Michigan, flying into Detroit is always preceded by pleasant expectations. That was certainly true this May 30-June 1 as the Super Chevy Show series made its long-anticipated return to US 131 Dragway in Martin, something that was worth waiting for.
Staring with a majestic Friday cruise to the track from the Lingenfelter Collection in Brighton, Michigan, the Chevy faithful had much to see and hear. The cruise wound through the gorgeous countryside, through farms, hills, valleys, and finally into US 131, a lovely little facility with a friendly feel and a ton of hook.
The racing turnout was terrific with a large number of drag Chevys that were worthy of a car show by themselves. With some great performances ranging from Pro Modified all the way down to the slowest classes, many spectators found great pleasure in just taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of all the drag racing action.
On the car show side, one of the biggest turnouts of big, fullsized Chevys seen in years had the tongues wagging on Facebook and Twitter alike. Coupled with the swap meet, manufacturers midway, and even the Revell Make n Take model building program for kids (each youngster gets a free snap-together Chevy model to build), the stage was set not only for a great weekend, but also for Super Chevy’s return to this same venue in 2015. See you there.
Among the field of Top Sportsman cars at Super Chevy Martin was this 1966 Chevelle belonging to Richard Moon of Southgate, MI. Powered by a 632 engine with Dart heads and two NOS fogger systems, Moon has run as quick as a 7.37 e.t. at 189 mph with this 2.700-pound car.
Randy Adler of Tinley Park, IL, came from the second qualifying position to win Pro Mod at Super Chevy Martin over PMRA point’s leader Bruce Boland. Adler used his blown 521-cubic-inch Alan Johnson engine to run a 6.223 at 234.85 mph to edge Boland at the finish line for a winning margin of just .0041 seconds.
Coming over from the IHRA’s A/Pure Stock ranks was Brett Saurbaugh with this gorgeous 1967 Vette with a 427 and Tri-power. Brett actually races with a four-speed and not the usual automatic and kept the independent rear suspension as well. His car had been as quick as an 11.32 at 120 mph.
Our event started with a cruise from the Lingenfelter Collection, where among the amazing Chevys was this Yenko Chevelle. That’s a ’71 SS454 Monte Carlo in blue.
Burnt Orange is a rare, one-year-only color for a ’71 Camaro; having it on a Z28 makes it even more unusual. This is one of owner Ken Lingenfelter’s favorites.
This ’73 Nova was a Super Chevy Martin winner in the ’80s and it remains a time capsule of that era today.
Skulls seem to be the hot, new graphic design element.
Here’s a seller confident in his car’s abilities. Complete, turnkey ’68 Camaro race car for $27,900 was in the swap meet area.
The Kamps brothers, Bill and Ron, each brought a ’61 Fawn Beige fullsize Chevy. We gave Bill’s 409-powered Impala an Editor’s Choice award, but we liked Ron’s Bel Air, too.
Don’t see a lot of Pro Street vans! Mark Haaksma’s ’98 Astro had an LS1, four captains chairs, and a rollcage for front and rear passengers.
These are the cruisers who made the entire haul. We salute them!
El Caminos are made to carry stuff and this one still does.
| Editor's Choice |
| Editor’s Choice Top 10 Drag Cars |
| Mark Carey, Farmington Hills, MI || 1962 Bel Air |
| Scott Sabin, Plainwell, MI || 1967 Chevy II |
| Mark Blackstock, Flushing, MI || 1963 Chevy II |
| Mike Roy, Middleebury, IN || 1971 Monte Carlo |
| Bill Godisak, Dowagia, MI || 1960 Corvette |
| Kyle Kirker, New Era, MI || 1955 Bel Air |
| Herb Brinn, Kalamazoo, MI || 1967 Camaro SS |
| Dale Jones, Wayne, MI || 1969 Nova Rally |
| Kathy Lipscomb, Cedar Spring, MI || 1967 Chevelle |
| Calvin Caswell, Portage, MI || 1962 Impala |
| Editor’s Choice Top 10 Show Cars |
| Mike Haaksma, Hastings MI || 1998 Astro Van Pro Street |
| Randy Slack, York Ontario || 1967 Chevy II Pro Street |
| Greg Hill, Kalamazoo MI || 1961 Corvette |
| JR Dean, Parchment MI || 1969 Nova |
| Troy Teichthesen, Montague MI || 1971 Chevelle SS 454 |
| Bob Meyer, Kalamazoo MI || 1962 Impala |
| Bill Kamps, Walker MI || 1961 Impala |
| Dan DeLong, Marne MI || 1987 IROC Z28 |
| Don Wroblewski, Niles MI || 1955 210 Sedan |
| Ron & Teresa Shooks, Grand Rapids MI || 1951 Fleetline Deluxe |
Dale Jones won an Editor’s Choice Drag Car award for his sweet Nova.
Canadian Randy Slack won an Editor’s Choice Car Show award for his 540-inch Pro Street Chevy II; he also brought a ’66 L79 Nova clone.
James Orszulak’s Daytona Yellow Camaro SS.
If you like restored Z/28s, Alison Rush’s ’68 was for you.
Jennings B. White’s Best of Show-winning ’55, which has Gen II LT1 power.
Troy Teichthesen’s ’71 Chevelle convertible is loaded with options: power steering, door locks, air, tilt wheel, and the all-important LS5.
Reverend Mike Oginsky brought his attention-grabbing ’67 Camaro to the cruise, did the Racers For Christ service on Sunday, and walked away with a bunch of awards in the show.
| Race Results |
| Pro Modified || E.T. || MPH |
| Winner: Randy Adler || 6.223 || 234.85 |
| Runner-Up: Bruce Boland || 6.257 || 234.07 |
| Top Sportsman || E.T. || MPH |
| Winner: Ken Langois || 7.396 || 185.09 |
| Runner-Up: Joe Schmid || 7.137 || 187.99 |
| Top ET || RT || DI || ET || MPH |
| Winner: Rob Lutzke || 0.007 || 8.09 || 8.105 || 157.92 |
| Runner-Up: Scott Taylor || 0.198 || 7.29 || 7.312 || 172.38 |
| Modified || RT || DI || ET || MPH |
| Winner: Ken Hansen || 0.053 || 13.7 || 13.716 || 91.74 |
| Runner-Up: Al Bruischar || 0.055 || 10.24 || 10.255 || 127.2 |
Calvin Caswell’s ’62 Impala.
In Top Sportsman race action, hometown hero Ken Langois came from the bottom half of the qualified field to score a big win over Joe Schmid of Orchard Park, NY, with his ’06 GTO. Schmid ran quicker in the final, but broke out, handing the win to Langois in front of his family and friends.