In a year where Mother Nature has rained on almost every show we've attended (not just the Super Chevy Shows), it was nice to roll into Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pennsylvania, and have a nearly rain-free weekend.
One of the largest events on the Super Chevy tour, Maple Grove boasted some of the finest cars on the East Coast-whether blasting down the strip or being judged in the show car arena. Some of the many highlights of the event included Nitro Coupe racer Jeff Brozovich's return to the winner's circle. Not only did Jeff capture the gold, but he did so by beating one of the best in the process, former series champion Bill Kuhlmann in the Summit Racing-backed '68 Corvette. Broz sprinted to the finish line with a giant holeshot, narrowly nipping the 'Vette in the lights, 6.36/221mph to Kuhlmann's much quicker and faster 6.23/226 losing effort.
The rest of the on-track competition featured fierce battles among the hometown combatants. Pennsylvanians scored winning and runner-up positions in every category of drag race competition, with the notable exception of DOT Street Tire, where New York visitor Charles Wiebalck took a come-from-behind victory over Pennsylvania-resident Leon Smokenski. One of the most impressive wins came in the Bracket 1 finale, where local girl Erin Bechtel wheeled her digger to top honors by beating the stout '74 Camaro of Matt Harp, 8.76 to 9.21.
In the show car pits, the brilliantly crafted and restored Bow-Ties were lined up neck and neck as the grassy area was filled. Record-breaking numbers of entrants and spectators had plenty to gawk at, as cars like Ken Faust's awesome '67 Camaro grabbed more glory, garnering the coveted Autostar Best of Gold accolades.
There were so very many nice cars and trucks on hand that we surely can't do it justice within the short space provided here. All we can say to that is, make your reservations now for next year's event. It's sure to be better still. So, rather than us keep telling you about all the fine cars, trucks, and race cars in attendance, we'll leave you with the following photo recap. Enjoy!