It would be rather difficult to think of something they didn’t have at the Super Chevy Show at Gateway Motorsports Park this year. Autocross? Yes. Nearly 300 show cars and hundreds more race cars? Check. Swap meet and manufacturers midway? Yup. Driving your show car around Gateway’s circle track after the awards? Of course.
The Midwest stop on the Super Chevy Traveling Circus has been one of the top tier events since it arrived on the schedule three years ago. Participants are drawn to the top-notch facility, the varied things to do, and the central location. This year, the Yenko Super Car Reunion was held on Saturday, giving spectators a chance to view numerous original Yankos and COPOs blast down the quarter-mile, quite the thrill for young and old alike.
The Super Chevy Show at Gateway Motorsports Park included the Annual Super Car Reunion, which was open to all high-performance dealer “Super Cars,” as well as COPOs and ZL1s. Doug Perry from Columbus, OH, brought his Rallye Green ’69 COPO Camaro, complete with the L72 427/425-horse engine, white interior, X11 trim package, spoiler option, and period correct Cragar S/S wheels. Doug’s car has run a best of time of 12.16 at 114 mph. The COPO picks up the front end just like you would expect from a big-block car with 90/10 shocks and a 4.56 12-bolt Posi rear.
Tyler Richardson’s 1971 Chevelle is powered by a 496 aided by a Vortech supercharger. It ran in the True Street class, and was driven to the event. RPM Automotive built the ’cage for the Chevelle but most of the work was done by Tyler and his dad, Jim Richardson, in their garage.
Rick and Christine Crocker reside in Jefferson County, MO. Rick is a machinist by day, and president of the Gateway Camaro Club in his spare time. He drives a ’12 Inferno Orange ZL1 equipped with the six-speed Tremec and 3.73 gears. Rick won the Camaro Gen 5 Challenge drag class, defeating his lovely wife, Christine, in her ’10 RS/SS Camaro. For that reason, Christine’s car is pictured. Christine’s Camaro was built by CBI Street Cars and produces approximately 600 horsepower thanks to LS7 heads and camshaft, SLP headers and exhaust, 3,200-stall converter, and 3.73 gears.
One of the main driving forces for furthering the Super Car hobby, specifically the Yenko cars, has been Tom Clary and his sons Rob and Jonathan. Tom was in attendance with his raucous ’70 Forest Green real deal Yenko Deuce. Tom purchased the car about three years ago just outside of Pittsburgh and restored it back to its original exterior appearance. Since it’s been a race car all of its life, the car’s heritage and history are properly acknowledged with its LT-1 350 engine enhanced with Brodix heads and other performance goodies. Tom’s Yenko Deuce runs a Powerglide transmission, a Dana 60 with 5.13 gears, a ladder bar suspension with coilovers, and an NHRA-legal ’cage. The car has run in the 10.40s at 126 mph.
Gasser-style cars like Dave Heberle’s ’55 Bel Air are back in style. The front axle is from Speedway Motors and is accentuated by front Rocket Launcher Wheels and rear Summit slotted wheels. The car is powered by a 454 Rat with a Turbo 400 transmission and a 9-inch rear with 3.70 gears. Fenderwell headers and “Super Duty” style Ford truck scoop look great on the car. The car has run a best of 12.34, looking high and mighty while doing so.
Kathy and Doug Schwartz own this awesome ’67 real deal RS/SS Camaro. The Butternut Yellow car was originally a 350 car, but at some point in the car’s history, a 1966 396/360-horsepower engine was installed. Doug just completed a beautiful seven-year restoration on the F-body. Though it was not strictly original, the decision was made to keep the 396 engine with its Muncie M21 transmission for fun cruising and occasional runs down the quarter-mile.
The A- and G-body crowd was well represented with a number of the late ’70s and ’80s Malibus and Monte Carlos. Jason Duell’s ’78 Malibu was a favorite, with excellent build quality and subdued hue.
Not your everyday street truck. Check out that exhaust!
| Saturday Car Show |
| Editor’s Choice Top 10 Show Cars |
| Bryan Bridgewater; Rushville, IL || 1961 C-10 Panel |
| Terry Wilder; Weldon Springs, MO || 1992 C-1500 Pickup |
| Dan Novara; St. Louis, MO || 1969 Pro Street Nova |
| John Jaskot; Collinsville, IL || 1962 Chevy II |
| Lou Steinhauser; St. Louis, MO || 1969 Camaro |
| Kevin Hanson; Roeland Park, KS || 1991 Caprice |
| Bob Malone; St. Louis, MO || 1957 Sedan Delivery |
| John Boris; Old Monroe, MO || 1972 Corvette LT1 |
| Thomas Ringlen; Scott AFB, IL || 1972 Chevelle |
| Bill Stock; Arnold, MO || 1973 Monte Carlo |
| Editor’s Choice Top 10 Show Cars |
| Dave Heberle; Hermann, MO || 1955 Bel Air Gasser |
| Ronnie Kallmeyer; Hermann, MO || 1966 Nova |
| Jesse Sherrell; St. Louis, MO || 1971 Monte Carlo SS |
| Dale Poore; Columbia, MO || 1955 210 |
| Mark Marusak; Minooka, IL || 1966 Chevy Nova SS |
| Jeff Cannon; Fosterburg, IL || 1969 Chevelle |
| Jerry & Pam Albert; Ceder Rapids, IA || 1970 Yenko Deuce |
| Brian Livingston; Forissant, MO || 1968 Camaro |
| Tony Rattini; Wildwood, MO || 1969 Camaro |
| Kenny Gresham; Granite City, IL || 1962 Bel Air |
| Saturday Specialty Awards |
| Outstanding Engineered: Ed Gagnor; St. Louis, MO || 1966 Nova |
| Outstanding Paint: Mark Bolt; Pocahontas, IL || 2010 Camaro |
| Outstanding Interior: Richard Hospelhorn; Normal, IL || 1932 Chevy |
| Outstanding Engine: Craig Miller; Shiloh, IL || 1968 Camaro |
| Outstanding Stock: Charlie & Norma Hinckle; Auburn, IL || 1996 Impala |
| Outstanding Street: Andy Muehlhauser; St. Louis, MO || 1971 Monte Carlo |
| Outstanding Modified: Tim Hunt; St. Louis, MO || 1973 Nova |
| Outstanding Workmanship: Mike Weber; St. Charles, MO || 1968 Camaro |
| Gateway Motorsports Parks Top Picks |
| Sly Brisco; Boyce, VA || 2008 HHR SS |
| Rob Chand; St. Louis, MO || 1969 Camaro |
| John Jaskut; Collinsville, IL || 1962 Nova |
| Kurt Keefer; Germantown Hills, IL || 1956 Chevy |
| Mike Antoine; Elsah, IL || 1955 Pickup |
| Terry Ford; St. Charles, MO || 1935 Sedan |
Eric Earney has owned this Orange ’67 Camaro since 1993 complete with a stock 327 and Powerglide transmission. Eric’s drag racing interests prompted a few engines to reside in the car, such as a built 355 and a 468 with Turbo 400 that eventually propelled the Camaro to 11.80. In 2003, Eric swapped in an LS1 engine from a ’98 Camaro with a 700-R4. As time went on, Eric began to morph the car into a Pro Touring/road course/autocross status, using RideTech suspension pieces and DSE Quadralink rear suspension. Though he still likes drag racing, he is quick to point out that with autocross there’s not so much down time.
Greg Cullum explains he’s not a flashy guy, so he painted his ’69 Chevelle a ’10 Viper Graphite color. Greg owns Transmissions To Go in Arnold, MO, and built his Chevelle for spirited street driving and occasional road course and autocross events. The ’69 Chevelle features DSE suspension, a ’99 LS1 motor with a 4L65 transmission, Ford 9-inch rear with 3.73 gears, Edelbrock headers and exhaust, and Wilwood brakes. Black Forgeline 18-inch wheels front and back complete the stealth look for a quality built piece.
Jason and Kay Luebecke own this Red Rock Metallic ’14 Camaro 1LE with the dual mode NPP exhaust and Recaro leather and suede seating. The 1LE gets a flat-black wrapped hood, a specific rear spoiler, black front chin splitter, the 20x10 and 20x11 wheels with a “square tire” setup. The engine is the 426-horsepower LS3 backed by a Tremec six-speed transmission with 3.91 rear gears. “The car is absolutely fantastic,” Jason reports. “This car is what GM calls the 2 percent car, built for the 2 percent of the people who will actually autocross and road race the car.”
Black looks especially striking on Ronald Kallmeyer’s ’66 Nova. Ronald’s Nova is a stout performer with its 500-horsepower 383 stroker. A Turbo 350 transmission is used to produce runs in the 11.60s. The 10-bolt rear is holding up fine, but plans call for a 12-bolt upgrade.
Coolest young gun car goes to Austin Vaughn’s ’62 Bel Air powered by a Jim Evan’s built 740-horsepower 509 big-block with Powerglide trans and Dana 60 with 4.56 gears. With the help of Mark Hackett and Gregg Teel, the car debuted at last year’s Super Chevy show at Gateway. Fastest pass to date is a 9.82 at 134 mph.
Tom Derby has owned this ’55 Chevy 210 since 1993. Tom assembled the 383 stroker with an 8-71 blower with twin Holley 600 carburetors, Turbo 350 trans, and a Dana 60 rear with 3.55 gears. The car serves as a reliable street/strip car running 11.60s in good air, and pulling down 15 mpg on the street.
This sweet little deuce won an Editor’s Choice Show Car award and was shot for a car feature. Owner John Jaskot stuffed a 383 and 700-R4 under the hood.
Dale Poore’s ’55 Delray street car weighs 3,450 pounds and is powered by a 383 with Trick Flow 215 aluminum heads, Comp Cams hydraulic roller cam, and an Edelbrock Air-Gap intake with a Holley 750 Ultra carburetor. Stock leaf springs with CalTracs help plant the rear tires for a best of 11.75 at 113 mph.
Back in 1985, Harry Stirnemann from St. Louis, MO, completed his ’37 Chevy “street rod,” uniquely powered by a 292 Chevy straight-six with a turbo. As a gasser racer in the ’60s, he took the all-steel khaki ’37 down the strip to the tune of 12.80s. Not content with the 12.80, Harry and his son Mark have been working for the past 30 years to make the all-steel car run faster. A Powerglide transmission with a 1.80 First gear sends power back to the ’57 Olds rear with 3.90 gears. The stock 292 cylinder head was replaced with a Mike Kirby-built Sissell Automotive head. Mark fabricated the headers, exhaust, and turbo. Best run to date is a 9.60 at 143 mph.
Air Force officer Thomas Ringlein has owned this ’72 Malibu since the ’80s (when he was 15).
It now sports a “hot cam” LS3 from Chevrolet Performance making 480 hp, plus a Tremec six-speed and Viper Orange paint.
Dan Novara’s ’69 Nova is not your average street machine.
It’s got a twin-turbo’d 516 that makes 1,180 horsepower on alcohol with just 4 psi of boost.
| Sunday Race Results |
| Camaroguys Gen 5 Challenge By S&W Race Cars || RT || ET || MPH |
| Winner: Richard Crocker; Imperial, MO || 0.075 || 13.252 || 112.18 |
| Runner-Up: Christine Crocker; Imperial, MO || 0.717 || 12.848 || 110.96 |
| DRIVEDURACELL.COM Bracket 1 |
| Winner: Corey Landolt; Hermann, MO || 0.002 || 4.852 || 141.67 |
| Runner-Up: Tim Foley; O'Fallon, MO || 0.016 || 4.775 || 144.35 |
| DRIVEDURACELL.COM Bracket 2 |
| Winner: Jeremy McKague; Chamois, MO || 0.009 || 6.519 || 97.98 |
| Runner-Up: Adam Penning; Hermann, MO || 0.066 || 6.676 || 104.35 |
| DOT |
| Winner: Ashleigh Tepen; Jerseyville, IL || 0.267 || 12.442 || 112.15 |
| Runner-Up: Gary Lewis; St. Ann, MO || -0.027 || 12.35 || 110.19 |
| EFI |
| Winner: Brad Francis; Moscow Mills, MO || 0.122 || 11.91 || 111.77 |
| Runner-Up: David Black; Florissant, MO || 0.157 || 11.994 || 113.65 |
| SUPER QUICK |
| Winner: Scott Cook || 0.011 || 4.95 || 138.54 |
| Runner-Up: Jeryka Lawrence; Manhattan, KS || 0.042 || 4.998 || 133.84 |
Bill Stock drives his all-original ’73 Monte Carlo all the time. Purchased from the original owner, it has a bench seat interior and drives like a dream.
Spotted for sale was this slightly used ’57 ragtop. Price dropped from $20,000 to $17,000, but no takers were found. Seems high even with the price reduction.
One of the nicest ’69s we’ve seen in a while. It’s got blown LSA power and the one-off grille mimics that of the ’10-’13 F-body.
Kenny Gresham’s 409 is raced virtually every weekend. We figured that made it worthy of an Editor’s Choice Drag Car award.