2014 Super Chevy Maple Grove: Acceleration Celebration

Super Chevy Maple Grove was a Reunion of Fast Friends.

Rod Short Aug 15, 2014 0 Comment(s)
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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.

1970 Chevy Chevelle Rosencranz 2/38

Tom Rosencranz’ ’70 Chevelle gets moving with 583 inches of Scott Shafiroff big-block power.

1970 Chevy Chevelle Big Block 3/38

He was an Editor’s Choice Car Show award winner.

2014 Super Chevy Hoods 4/38

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

1979 Chevy Camaro Z28 Original 5/38

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.

2014 Super Chevy Ii 6/38

This early Chevy II was one of nearly three dozen Pro Street/Pro Engineered cars at the Grove.

1954 Chevy Bel Air Hanes 7/38

Even the early Chevys get the Pro Street treatment around here.

1954 Chevy Bel Air Small Block 8/38

Mark Hanes’ ’54 Bel Air sported blown small-block power under and through his hood.

2014 Super Chevy Crowd 9/38
1956 Chevy Bel Air Costella 10/38

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.

1961 Chevy Impala Donato 11/38

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.

1957 Chevy Bel Air Cherry Red 12/38

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.

1969 Camaro Z28 Best Camaro Arone 13/38

Frank Arone’s flawless ’69 Z/28 won Best Camaro honors.

1975 Monza Coupe Gutshall 14/38

Barry Gutshall’s ’75 Monza coupe floored onlookers, thanks to its twin-turbocharged LS1. Backing the engine is a T-56 six-speed.

1968 Chevy Biscayne Chalk 15/38

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.

Yenko Stinger Corvair 16/38

Only at Maple Grove Super Chevy will you see a genuine Yenko Stinger Corvair and an original Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins car hauler.

Grumpy Jenkins Car Hauler 17/38
1968 Chevy Camaro Gentry Pro Street 18/38

Rick Gentry’s Pro Street ’68 Camaro was a stunner.

1955 Chevy Bel Air Hamilton 19/38

The workmanship on Roy Hamilton’s ’55 was among the finest we’ve ever seen, with incredible attention to detail.

1955 Chevy Bel Air Hamilton Interior 20/38

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

2014 Super Chevy Pro Street Camaro 21/38

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.

2014 Super Chevy Pro Mod Mccurdy 22/38

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.

True Street Cruise Chevelle 23/38

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.

1956 Chevy Bel Air Hunter 24/38

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).

1938 Chevy Gerhart 25/38

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.

1969 Chevy Chevelle Embley 26/38

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.

2014 Super Chevy Lavender Camaro Jagger 27/38

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.

1968 Chevy Malibu Brett 28/38

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 Pro Street Malibu 29/38

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.

True Street Mike Goode Malibu 30/38

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.

1966 Chevy Chevelle Baker 31/38

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.

2014 Super Chevy Car Lane 32/38
1967 Ss 396 Yoder 33/38

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.

1967 El Camino 34/38
2014 Super Chevy Maple Grove Cars 35/38
1970 Chevelle Davis 36/38

Jeff Davis garnered Best Paint and Best Modified honors in the Gold Class for this ’70 Chevelle.

2014 Super Chevy Maple Grove Impala 37/38
2014 Super Chevy Cars 38/38


The Super Chevy show at Maple Grove was a reunion of fast friends. Check out the cars from the show, winners, and race results!
Rod Short Aug 15, 2014


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