Bristol Super Chevy Show - Taking Care Of Business

Super Chevy Show Thunders Into The Valley

Tony Kelly Nov 1, 2001 0 Comment(s)
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What else could you call a dragstrip between these beautiful hills but Thunder Valley?

As a famous, and now permanent, resident of Tennessee used to refer to in initials only, TCB (Taking Care of Business) was all that mattered. Well, Elvis, the Super Chevy Shows feel the same way. We were able to wrap up two drag racing finals in one weekend and squeeze in a great car show before the weather chased us out of Thunder Valley. From what we saw at the show and from what others told us, pound-for-pound the Bristol, Tennessee, Super Chevy Show had some of the finest examples of Bow-Tie machinery anywhere on the tour. There are bigger shows to be sure, but the level of workmanship and attention to detail on the cars we saw would be hard to match anywhere.

Maybe the Friday rains cleaned the dragstrip enough to make it ultra sticky, or just maybe the Nitro Coupe racers are at that part of the season where they've got the cars and drivers working perfectly together, but there were some great races and awesome times. Saturday we completed the Atlanta Nitro Coupe finals, delayed because of rain at that event. When the smoke cleared, Doug Winters in his '58 Corvette had run a 6.537 at 212.09 mph to defeat Gary Irving who had to pedal his '52 Chevy. The rest of the Nitro Coupe races were all Jim Nordhougen. Running consistently in the 6.20s, Jim waded through the field to take the final run in his '41 Chevy with a 6.271 at 216.90 mph over Gary Irving. Irving was in his second finals of the weekend but, unfortunately, broke. Leaving Bristol, Doug Winters solidified his long-standing hold on First Place with 160 points compared to Second Place racer John Reynolds, who has scored 135 points.

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Mike and Katrina Abdereen brought their seven-month-old boy, Nathaniel, and their somewhat-older '69 Camaro from Maryville, TN. They're to be the first family whose car is featured in the Super Chevy Association publication, Star, showing affordable, show-quality stock cars.

We had the pleasure of meeting the first family to appear in a new feature of the Star, which is the Super Chevy Show Association news, distributed to all Super Chevy Association members. Ron Kissinger, a highly regarded builder of Gold Class restorations, is now looking for Super Chevy Show entrants with show-quality stock cars to exemplify how Chevy fans can have an excellent car for an affordable amount of dollars. Look for our photo of Mike, Katrina, baby Nathaniel Aberdeen, and their Camaro, from Maryville, Tennessee, in the pages that follow in this magazine, and check out the story in the Star's next issue. Kissinger expects to select a car to write about at most Super Chevy Shows-another good reason to join the Super Chevy Show Association, and be at a Super Chevy Show with your car.

So, you're 11 years old, and you have an absolutely box-stock original '51 Chevy. What is Ricky Southerland of Boone, NC, thinking of? He'd better not have ideas of lowering, chopping, or swapping that straight-six for a small-block, or dad will replace this stovebolt with a Matchbox racer.

Aaron Roberts, Bluff City, TN, gets to pit alongside his dad, Bill, even when there isn't a Junior Dragster program. The Jr. rail is done up in the '55 Chevy colors and even has a '55 taillight under the wing. Along with the racers is brother Austin (crew chief) and best friend Clinton Snead.

We interrupted Jim Gilbert of Dublin, VA, in his drying procedures after a quick shower on Saturday morning, long enough to get this photo of his beautiful '67 Nova convertible, and to award it an Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car.

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