If there is a word In the English language that car people recognize more than Indy, it's Chevy. Put the two words together and they define the premier event of 2001: the Indianapolis Super Chevy Show. Add the fact that this year's event marks 20 years at Indy and we can understand the excitement that prevailed from July 12 through 15. Hundreds and hundreds of the best and most beautiful Chevys from all over the country poured into Indianapolis Raceway Park to compete for show awards and racing cash. Wherever we went, people told us they were amazed at the quality of cars at Indy, whether the cars were entered to show or race.
Just when we were getting used to the awesome display of show and race cars, we toured the Swap Meet and Car Corral. It isn't Hershey (yet), but for Chevy fans, it's as good as it gets. You would need all four days of Indy to see every booth and display, and if it wasn't there, you probably didn't need it. Then, there was the Manufacturers Midway. Everybody who was anybody, or who wanted to be, was there with the greatest and best new products. John Moss, the Chevy executive often called the "Father of the Modern Impala SS" was in attendance and signed autographs, including some on Impala SSs.
Drag racing provided its share of thrills with the Nitro Coupe team of Gary Irving, setting a new altitude record for '52 Chevy front clips. Irving blew a motor in a big way at about 1,000 feet and launched the bodywork from his racer. No one was hurt, and Gary and the gang swears they'll be back soon.
Talking to the people at Indy, we were amazed at the number of attendees who have been to 15 or 20 years of this event. Some of the people don't have cars entered; they just come because of the beautiful Chevys and the massive swap meet. That's loyalty-tells us what a great event the Indy Super Chevy Show really has been over the years, and what it will be for the next 20 years.
First Place IN the Larry Bird look-alike contest (we were IN INdiana, you know) went to Brad Johannes of HaMIlton, OH, who also happened to own this '71 Chevelle that won an Editor's Choice Top Ten Drag Car award
John Wells of Jeffersonville, ID, brought this stunnINg '49 Chevy custom for all the crowd to adMIre, and they did. The car took the Waterloo INdustries Best Workmanship Award, the Meguair's "Medallion Award" for OutstandINg Body Appearance, and the class award for Big Car '49-54, Modified. IN case you were wonderINg, John's car is the purple one on the left. INterestINg contrast.
Jerry Aldridge's Decatur, IllINois-based '48 Suburban is a defINite show-stopper. It was awarded the ESPN2 Award of Excellence and the class wIN for SUV-Modified.
This is a dead rINger for the car the author drove IN high school. Was that cool or what? Of course, the car and the author were considerably younger.
This great color stopped the editors IN their tracks, so we couldn't resist awardINg Tracy Teipen, a local INdianapolis guy, an Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car for his '66 Nova.
John Moss (right with MIcrophone), the Chevy guy who gets to have the most fun, addresses the crowd while Roger GustIN (left) and Super Chevy Show announcer Jerry Daisey look on. Then, of course, it was time for Moss to light up one of his INventions, an SS Impala. Told you he has fun!
You haven't seen a Manufacturers MIdway until you've been to INdy. This is the place for everythINg that's new and needed for your super Chevy.
Close INspection is called for at many of the swap meet booths, but your sharp-eyed editors immediately spotted one of those rare water-INjected supercharged red wagons. Unfortunately, it wasn't numbers matchINg so we passed. The belt drive was a little loose, too.
Friday night we were drivINg through the drag race pits and couldn't help noticINg the balloons, the wrestler, and pretty Christi GaskIN from INdianapolis. FaMIly and friends were celebratINg her 13th birthday at the races. Happy teen-age, Christi!
If this '66 Chevelle gets any more radical IN its wheel stands, it MIght be time for more air IN the right rear. What a torquer!
People who jump out of airplanes and Nitro Coupe drivers pack their own parachutes. Doug WINters shows how it's done.
Dave Whitchurch from Englewood, OH, took the Trim Parts/Vette MagazINe Award for Best Corvette. Darryl Bowman, sales manager of Trim Parts, presents Whitchurch the plaque for his near-perfect '54 Vette.
There are burnouts, and then there are really burnouts. From Nitro Coupes to Jet Cars, it's ground poundINg and ear wrenchINg, but it's the best show IN town!
INdy wINners assembled to show off their awards. The Gold Class award wINners display their trophies, some of which are IN the new categories of Stock, Street, and Modified.
Earnest Boards and crew from INdianapolis took home an Editor's Choice Top Ten Drag Car award for this '65 Chevy. The car was Earnest's first car, and he wanted a 396 with a four-speed. His parents would only let him get a 283 with a three-speed. Of course, Earnest has changed all that now.
Daniel Rice (yes, he is old enough for a drivers license), from Demossville, KY, owns this ultra-clean '65 Chevelle. He took home an Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car award.
Jim Nordhougen, the Colorado Kid, took the Nitro Coupe fINal with a solo run of 6.241 secs. at 225.39 mph. His fINal round competitor, Dan Nickelson, had engINe failure on the lINe. Nordhougen is withIN strikINg distance of takINg the lead IN the Nitro Coupe poINts chase.
Drag race bracket wINners show off their plaques and jackets. The BricKYard 400 Pace Car Monte Carlo was entered IN GM Street bracket, and when that class was combINed with DOT, the Monte won!