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2014 Super Chevy Show US 131 Dragway - Madness in Michigan

Super Chevy’s Return Trip to US 131 Dragway Was Crazy Good and Fast.

Rod Short Jul 30, 2014
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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.

1966 Chevelle Richard Moon 2/29

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.

Pro Mod Winner Randy Adler 3/29

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.

1967 Corvette Brett Saurbaugh 4/29

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.

1971 Monte Carlo Lingenfelter 5/29

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.

1971 Camaro Burnt Orange 6/29

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.

1973 Super Chevy Martin Winner 7/29

This ’73 Nova was a Super Chevy Martin winner in the ’80s and it remains a time capsule of that era today.

Bel Air Skulls 8/29

Skulls seem to be the hot, new graphic design element.

1968 Camaro Race Car 9/29

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.

1961 Fawn Beige Chevy Bel Air Impala 10/29

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.

1998 Chevy Astro 11/29

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.

Super Chevy Martin Cruisers 12/29

These are the cruisers who made the entire haul. We salute them!

Super Chevy El Caminos 13/29

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

Super Chevy Editors Choice Dale Jones 14/29

Dale Jones won an Editor’s Choice Drag Car award for his sweet Nova.

1966 Chevy Nova Clone 15/29

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.

Daytona Yellow Camaro Ss 16/29

James Orszulak’s Daytona Yellow Camaro SS.

1968 Restored Camaro Z28 17/29

If you like restored Z/28s, Alison Rush’s ’68 was for you.

1955 Bel Air Best Of Show Winner 18/29

Jennings B. White’s Best of Show-winning ’55, which has Gen II LT1 power.

1971 Chevelle Troy Teichthesen 19/29

Troy Teichthesen’s ’71 Chevelle convertible is loaded with options: power steering, door locks, air, tilt wheel, and the all-important LS5.

2014 Super Chevy Show Martin Camaro 20/29
2014 Super Chevy Show Martin Bel Airs Tri Fives 21/29
1967 Camaro Oginsky 22/29

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.

2014 Super Chevy Show Martin Impalas 23/29
2014 Super Chevy Show Martin Corvette 24/29

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
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

1962 Chevy Impala Caswell 25/29

Calvin Caswell’s ’62 Impala.

2006 Gto Super Chevy 26/29

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.



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