When you put together perfect weather at a picturesque track with over 900 cars and an overwhelming number of fans, you know it’s going to be a good weekend. That’s exactly what happened at this year’s annual Super Chevy stopover at Maple Grove Raceway. Presented this year by both Chevrolet Performance and Original Parts Group, it was a huge celebration of acceleration!
The car show at this year’s event was the largest in several years, with a number of newly finished cars making their debut. Of note were the some 35 Pro Street cars in attendance. While this style has been somewhat dormant in recent years as Pro Touring builds continue to rise in popularity, Pro Street remains insanely popular in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states.
Of course, old friends were there with stories of cars come and gone, as well as projects yet to come. The swap meet and car corral was a hit as it always was, the girls were pretty, and the food was good. It was one of the best uses of a weekend all year.
Tom Rosencranz’ ’70 Chevelle gets moving with 583 inches of Scott Shafiroff big-block power.
He was an Editor’s Choice Car Show award winner.
| Car Show Awards |
| Super Chevy Magazine Top 10 Editor’s Choice Show Cars |
| Bill Hollingsworth || 1969 Nova Pro Street |
| Charlie Costella || 1956 Chevy 210 |
| Bruce Elliott || 1967 Camaro |
| Dennis Eberly || 1955 Nomad |
| Gary Donato || 1961 Impala |
| Scott Chalk || 1968 L72 Biscayne |
| Paige Mahr || 1973 Nova |
| Steve Thumma || 1967 El Camino |
| Jim Brady || 1970 Corvette |
| Tom Rosencranz || 1970 Chevelle |
| Super Chevy Magazine Top 10 Editor’s Choice Race Cars |
| Scott Calica || 1969 Camaro Z/28 |
| Scott Embley || 1969 Chevelle |
| Kirk Madison || 1970 Chevelle |
| Rick Shindel || 1970 Nova |
| Elise Renninger || 1963 Corvette |
| Denny Menninger || 1951 GMC Pickup |
| John Cole || 1980 Chevette |
| Ed Heisey || 1975 Vega |
| Andrew Starr || 1956 Chevy |
| Andrew Flechenstein || 1978 Malibu |
| Specialty Awards |
| Promoter’s Award: George Parkinson || 1966 Chevy Nova Pro Street |
| Club Participation: First Generation Monte Carlo Club || — |
| Outstanding Engineering: David Riddell || 1988 Chevy Pickup |
| Outstanding Paint: Denise Kocher || 1957 Chevy |
| Outstanding Interior: Chris Young || 1967 Nova |
| Outstanding Engine: Charles Randa || 1970 Chevy Pickup |
| Outstanding Stock: David Durst || 1972 Monte Carlo |
| Outstanding Modified: Tony Diangelus || 1967 Camaro |
| Outstanding Show: Ron Hansen || 1955 Chevy |
| Outstanding Workmanship: Wes Castle || 1955 Chevy |
| Top 3 Chevelle |
| Brian Delp || 1970 Chevelle |
| Kersten Murphy || 1972 Chevelle |
| Bob Ulisey || 1969 Chevelle |
| Anniversary Class |
| Gary Seramone || 1964 Chevelle |
| Brett “Big Schwag” Top 10 Picks |
| Bill & Trudy Crawford || 1979 Malibu |
| Glenn Lockett || 1991 Camaro |
| Tim Barr || 1991 Chevy S-10 Pickup |
| Corey Haugland || 1978 K1500 Pickup |
| Daniel & Nancy Wall || 1973 Chevelle SS |
| Mark Hanes || 1954 Bel Air |
| Arnold Warner || 1957 Bel Air Convertible |
| Gary Donata || 1961 Impala 4-door |
| William Nash || 1963 Chevy II Wagon |
| John Stiles || 1964 C10 Pickup |
Sitting in the swap meet was this complete, all-original ’79 Camaro Z28 with a factory four-speed, air conditioning, and just 50,000 miles on the odometer. The asking price was $18,500, which may not be all that bad when you consider there are few reproduction parts for these cars.
This early Chevy II was one of nearly three dozen Pro Street/Pro Engineered cars at the Grove.
Even the early Chevys get the Pro Street treatment around here.
Mark Hanes’ ’54 Bel Air sported blown small-block power under and through his hood.
We fell in love with the color combo on Charlie Costella’s ’56 Bel Air, so much so we gave him an Editor’s Choice Show Car award.
Gary Donato reluctantly bought this ’61 Impala as his first car 45 years ago (at his parents’ urging). He still has it, but now there’s a blown 383 with AFR heads for motivation.
This cherry ’57 Chevy was found on the trailer ready to go in the swap meet for $26,500, which included a new 350 small-block, TH350 automatic, power steering, and disc brakes. The car was gone before the weekend was over.
Frank Arone’s flawless ’69 Z/28 won Best Camaro honors.
Barry Gutshall’s ’75 Monza coupe floored onlookers, thanks to its twin-turbocharged LS1. Backing the engine is a T-56 six-speed.
Once again, Maple Grove was home to an astounding selection of fullsize Bow Ties. Of note was Scott Chalk’s latest, a bench seat, four-speed 427/425 ’68 Biscayne (second from left), which he debuted here. Next to it is a ’65 with a 409.
Only at Maple Grove Super Chevy will you see a genuine Yenko Stinger Corvair and an original Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins car hauler.
Rick Gentry’s Pro Street ’68 Camaro was a stunner.
The workmanship on Roy Hamilton’s ’55 was among the finest we’ve ever seen, with incredible attention to detail.
Look for a feature on it soon.
Trackside, 19 Pro Mod cars ran their hearts out just trying to make the qualified field at Maple Grove. Veteran street car driver Kevin McCurdy was at the top of the heap after the smoke cleared, but in the end it was Fredy Scriba standing alone with the event title as he ran the quickest run of the day with a 6.04 at 235-plus mph. The Top Sportsman show featured “Chevys against the World,” with John Prime taking a popular win against Ronnie Proctor’s upstart Mustang. In every eliminator, it was such a good show that no one wanted to leave.
Maple Grove always seems to bring out some of the very best Chevrolet cars, fans, and racers. We think all would agree it’s a shame it can only happen just once a year!
| Drag Race Results |
| Class || Driver || Vehicle || R/T || E.T. || MPH |
| Pro Mod |
| W || Fredy Scriba (Millersville, Md.) || 1963 Corvette || 0.089 || 6.049 || 235.19 |
| R/U || Frank Patille (Landerburg, Pa.) || 1957 Buick || -0.001 || 6.566 || 186.2 |
| Top Sportsman |
| W || John Prime (Thomaston, Ct.) || 1968 Camaro || 0.007 || 6.784 || 204.85 |
| R/U || Ronnie Proctor (Harpers Ferry, W.V.) || 2009 Mustang || 0.012 || 6.851 || 199.91 |
| CamaroGuys Gen 5 Challenge presented by S&W Race Cars |
| W || Scott Smoker (Kinzers, Pa.) || 2010 Camaro || 0.039 || 13.17 || 96.43 |
| R/U || Tom Johnson (Newport News, W.V.) || 2010 Camaro || 0.035 || 42.443 || 38.39 |
| DriveDuracell.com Bracket 1 |
| W || William Gill (Langhorne, Pa.) || 1991 Dragster || 0.004 || 7.93 || 167.43 |
| R/U || Brock Moshier (Lititz, Pa.) || 1971 Vega || 0.032 || 9.064 || 141.94 |
| Bracket 2 |
| W || Kris Kurzweg (West Lawn, Pa.) || 1979 Malibu || 0.014 || 9.146 || 145.11 |
| R/U || Ken Gerberich (Annville, Pa.) || 1983 Camaro || -0.004 || 10.187 || 129.95 |
| D.O.T. Class |
| W || Jacob Finkbiner (Exton, Pa.) || 1970 Nova || 0.002 || 12.663 || 105.94 |
| R/U || Mike Licata (Blue Point, N.Y.) || 1938 Chevrolet || -0.004 || 10.395 || 126.78 |
| Jenkins Competition Award |
| W || Mitch Willingham || 1997 Monte Carlo || n/a || 7.596 || n/a |
| True Street Class |
| Overall True Street Winner || Glenn Hunter Jr. |
| Overall True Street Runner-up || Patrick Finnegan |
| 10.00 Index Winner || Bruce Simonetti |
| 11.00 Index Winner || Benjamin Roman |
| 12.00 Index Winner || Jeff Burnley |
| 13.00 Index Winner || Layton Finkbiner |
| 14.00 Index Winner || Tori Hunter |
Harold Caron from West Islip, NY, looked good coming off the line during the first round of time trials in True Street at Maple Grove, but had issues with the fuel pump in his blown Camaro IROC. Normally one of the quickest cars on track, he was unable to finish. Not ready to call it a weekend, he cleaned the former Super Chevy magazine feature car and entered it in the car show, where he was a runner-up in the Pro Street Camaro class.
Kevin McCurdy of Hamburg, PA, lead the field of 19 Pro Mods in qualifying by just .01 of a second over Fredy Scriba when he ran a 6.107 at 237.92 mph. Scriba lost the battle in qualifying, but won the war by winning in the finals over Frank Patille.
What would you do if there was a 9-second Chevelle in your rearview mirror? That’s what someone might have thought when they encountered these cars heading out from the track at the beginning of their 30-mile True Street cruise.
New Yorker Glenn Hunter overcame a broken blower belt to pull down yet another top finishing position in the Super Chevy True Street Challenge. With a quickest pass of 8.389 seconds, Hunter’s flex-fuel ’56 finished with an 8.43-second average over three consecutive runs (it runs on 87-octane regular at part throttle, then switches to E85 when the staggered linkage gets past a certain point).
Dale Gerhart of Reinholds, PA, had this ’38 Chevy wheels up in the air while running 9.20’s in Bracket 1. The steel-bodied Chevy has been a race car since the ’60s and runs today with a 540ci big-block with a TH400 tranny and 4.56:1 rear gears.
Scott Embley of Saylorsburg, PA, was all business with this street-legal ’69 Chevelle when he went six rounds of eliminations in B1. Weighing in at a hefty 3,600 pounds, the car was consistently in the high 9.20’s at 143+ mph thanks to a 468 BBC with a TH400 and 4.10 gears in his 12-bolt.
Twenty-two year old Danielle Jagger is already a veteran behind the wheel of this lavender Camaro and proved it by going four rounds in B2 before breaking the rear. She runs in the mid-11s at 124 mph with a 406 small-block and plans on running even quicker at Maple Grove next year.
Running out of Ronkonoma, NY, Larry Brett got the most out of his racing buck by running in three different categories with this ’65 Malibu ragtop and finished second in the 11-second category with an 11.48 average in True Street.
Jeff Burnley’s Pro Street Malibu was the 12-second winner in True Street with runs of 11.99, 12.01, and 12.04 seconds, which worked out to a 12.01-second average over all three timed runs. Burnley is a perennial runner in True Street at Super Chevy Maple Grove.
In True Street action, 68-year-old Mike Goode of Charles Town, WV, wasn’t slowing down for anybody in this Malibu. Goode was running a 434 SBC with a small shot of nitrous, a TH350 automatic, and a 12-bolt rear to finish with a 10.31 second e.t.
When he’s not working as an excavating contractor, Ron Baker from Frenchtown, NJ, is running low-9s with this 540ci Reher-Morrison–powered ’66 Chevelle. Baker was running B1 at da Grove but exited eliminations earlier than he wanted due to a redlight.
Long-time Super Chevy attendee Doug Yoder debuted this stunning L78 ’67 SS396. It was so nice it was pulled into the invitation-only Gold Class.
Jeff Davis garnered Best Paint and Best Modified honors in the Gold Class for this ’70 Chevelle.