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Denver Super Chevy Show - Up In The Sky

Super Chevys Go to the Rockies

Tony Kelly Feb 1, 2003
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Fran Peppler has the style to ride around in a limo, but when one lines up next to her, she takes care of business. These two jets squared off in some exciting action at Denver.

Heading to Denver for the Super Chevy Show, we were in a brand-new Z06 Corvette, courtesy of the kind folks at GM, and we passed a trio of near-perfect '57 Bel Air hardtops: one red, one white, and one blue. Since we were quite a ways from Denver, we didn't figure they were actually driving these beauties there, but when we looked around the car show grounds on Friday, guess what we saw. The Dowd family drove their Tri-Five trio over from Grand Junction, Colorado, to show off part of their collection. Ben Dowd has 37(!) '57s around his shop, not all of which are as nice as the ones at the show, but the best part is that he builds them to drive, including the one for his wife, Lela, who garnered the Super Chevy Magazine 30th Anniversary Award for her freshly built blue Bel Air.

Who says current technology isn't great? While we're griping about computers crashing and having to listen to endless answering machines, consider this: We met Tim Jackson of Grand Junction in the drag race pits when he had just finished his first run on Saturday, driving his Bracket 2 '68 Camaro. This was his first event following his 18-year-old daughter Erica's enrollment in college out of state, so she was not racing with dad. For many years the two have been constant companions, sharing the driving duties. Before he did his burnout, Tim dialed Erica on the cell phone and placed the phone in a cradle on the dash; she listened to the entire run, even commenting later on dad's shift points. It was apparent that dad missed his girl mightily, but this helped relieve some of that for the time being.

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Over from Palmyra, NE, came Larry and Marie Case. Their ultra-clean '68 Nova garnered an Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car award along with the class win for Nova '68 and Newer-Street.

2002 Denver Super Chevy Show Stats
Saturday Awards
Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Cars
Larry & Marie Case, Palmyra, NE, '68 Nova
Doug & Margie Clark, Lakewood, CO, '55 truck
Gary Ham, Elizabeth, CO, '54 Chevy
Michael Knapp, Aurora, CO, '70 Chevelle
Steve & Bobbi Kraft, Morrison, CO, '67 Chevelle
Joe Kring, Littleton, CO, '69 Corvette
Rich Means, Littleton, CO, '72 Camaro
Norm Rons, Sioux Falls, SD, '56 Chevy
Tom Ulrich, Aurora, CO, '61 Chevy wagon
Robert Verner, Colorado Springs, CO, '67 Impala convertible

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Joel Fisher of Colorado Springs is shown with his well-deserved Outstanding Classic Truck award, presented by Classic Trucks magazine. The '57 half-ton also took the class win for Truck'49-72-Modified and the prestigious Workmat Car of the Show award.

Specialty Awards
Best Interior-John Whitlock, Rio Rancho, NM, '34 Ford
Best Paint-Robert & Robin Eharett, Littleton, CO, '93 Caprice
Best Engine-Doug Marrs, Hays, KS, '67 Chevelle
Best Detail Sponsored By Racing Communications, INC.-Jerome & Linda Naugle, Boulder, CO, 67 'Camaro
Best Workmanship Sponsored By Waterloo Industries-Dale Rose, Berthoud, CO, '29 Modela Woody
Best Achievement Stock-Clark Griffith, Scotts Bluff, NE, '70 Chevelle
Best Achievement Street-Tom Cleek, Colorado Springs, CO, '67 Chevelle
Best Achievement Modified-Don & Tina Brown, Broomfield, CO, '70 El Camino

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Dean and Leslie Tucker of Arvada, CO, pose with their pride and joy, and a great '33 three-window to boot. The car earned the Street Rodder magazine award for Outstanding Street Rod.

Espn2 Award Of Excellence
Brian Bruns, Aurora, CO, '54 Chevy convertible
"Transport Award"-Featherlite Trailers
Fred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, '71 El Camino
"Graphics Award"-American Colorscans, INC.
Chris Connolly, Brighton, CO, '74 Corvette
ISCA "Award Of Excellence"-ISCA
Daniel La Bonte, Lake Ozark, MO, '65 El Camino
Suzuki "Outstanding 4x4" Award
Harold Briggs, Golden, CO, '94 truck
"Outstanding Street Rod" Award-
Street Rodder Magazine
Dean & Leslie Tucker, Arvada, CO, '33 Ford
"Outstanding Classic Truck" Award-
Classic Truck Magazine
Joel Fisher, Colorado Springs, CO, '57 truck
"Outstanding Custom Rod" Award-
Custom Rodder Magazine
Dick Brazzell, Aurora, CO, '49 Chevy
Super Chevy Magazine 30 Year Anniversary Award
Ben & Lela Dowd, Clifton, CO, '57 Chevy

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Hometown hero Jim Nordhougen is used to the altitude. He met John Scialpi in the finals and won when Scialpi's '57 Bel Air broke. Nordhoughen is staying close to the Nitro Coupe team of Dan Nickelson, trailing by only 10 points.

Sunday Awards
Specialty Awards
Workmat Car Of The Show Award-Workmat
Joel Fisher, Colorado Springs, CO, '57 truck
Meguiar's "Medallion Award" For Outstanding Body Appearance
Chris Connolly, Brighton, CO, '74 Corvette
"Attention To Detail" Award-Soffseal
Jerry Bunker, Hays, KS, '70 Chevelle
Best Of Gold-Street-Autostar Productions INC.
Fred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, '71 El Camino
Best '55-57-Danchuk Manufacturing
Norm Rons, Sioux Falls, ND, '56 Bel Air
Best Big Car-Soffseal
Mel Ertz, Grand Junction, CO, '50 Chevy
Best Camaro-Rick's First Generation Camaros
Jim Hamil, Sterling, CO, '69 Camaro
Best Chevelle-Original Parts Group
Warren Joerg, Randall, KS, '68 Chevelle
Best Contemporary-Autostar Productions INC.
Paul & Debbie Epler, Colorado Springs, CO, '00 Monte Carlo
Best Conversion-Meguiar's
John Whitlock, Rio Rancho, NM, '34 Ford
Best Corvette-Trim Parts & Vette Magazine
David Boyce, Littleton, CO, '67 Corvette
Best Early Chevrolet-Kimberly-Clark Scott
Steve & Tammy Esdon, Thornton, CO, '38 Chevy
Best El Camino-Autostar Productions INC.
Don & Tina Brown, Broomfield, CO, '70 El Camino
Best Monte Carlo-Chevymall.COM
Don Nelson, Crooks, SD, '87 Monte Carlo
Best Nova-Wheel Vintiques
Steve Flanagan, Aurora, CO, '66 Nova
Best Open-Masters Entertainment
Phil Nelson, Wichita, KS, '65 Corvair
Best Pro Street/Pro Engineered-Aeroquip Performance Parts
Randy Watson, Omaha, NE, '66 Nova
Best Truck-Stylin Concepts
Doug & Margie Clark, Lakewood, CO, '55 truck
Club Participation
GM Power, Hays, KS
Autostar Productions, Inc. Partnership Award
Fred Smith, Alta Loma, CA
Waterloo Toolbox Winner-Drag Race
Terry Ernst, Broomfield, CO, '27 T roadster
Waterloo Toolbox Winner-Car Show
Paul Epler, Colorado Springs, CO, '00 Monte Carlo
Best Appearing Crew-Simpson
Terry Simpson, Castle Rock, CO
Super Chevy Show Young Star Award
Rick Trujillo, Rapid City, SD, '68 Nova

Gold Class Winners
Gold El Camino-Street
Fred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, '71

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Denver is Corvette country. This outstanding example took home the Trim Parts Best Corvette award, given in association with Vette magazine. Bill Clatty of Trim Parts presents the award to David Boyce of Littleton, CO, for this outstanding '67 convertible. The car also earned the class win for Corvette '53-67-Stock.

Class Winners
Sally Roth, Windsor, CO, '55
Carroll & Dorothy Hamer, Owasso, OK, '57
Norm Rons, Sioux Falls, SD, '56
Greg Mann, Lyons, CO, '57
'57 Hardtop-Modified
Bill Field, Colorado Springs, CO, '57

Big Car '49-54-Modified
Mel Ertz, Grand Junction, CO, '50
Big Car '58-89-Stock
Glen Jones, Denver, CO, '87
Big Car '58-89-Street
DeWayne Foos, LaCrosse, KS, '67
Big Car '58-89-Modified
Marvin Bauer, Lincoln, NE, '63
Big Car '90-96-Street
Keith Jordan, Douglas, WY, '96
Big Car '90-96-Modified
Jeff & Dawn Wendling, Colorado Springs, CO, '96

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Dick Brazzell of Aurora, CO, shows off his very cool '49 Chevy Fleetline which took the Outstanding Custom Rod award from Custom Rodder magazine.

Camaro '67-69-Stock
Jim Hamil, Sterling, CO, '69
Camaro '67-68-Street
Glenn Hoge, Woodward, OK, '67
Camaro '69-Street
Earl Raymond, Keenesburg, CO, '69
Camaro '67-69-Modified
Scott Schmidt, Parker, CO, '68
Camaro '70-81-Stock
Richard Boothby, Cherokee, IA, '70
Camaro '70-81-Street
Don Seefeldt, Colorado Springs, CO, '70
Camaro '70-81-Modified
Rich Means, Littleton, CO, '72
Camaro '82-92-Stock
Roland Galindo, Arvada, CO, '90
Camaro '82-92-Street
Michael Krizek, Fort Collins, CO, '90

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Camaro '82-92-Modified
Rick Kirkpatrick, Aurora, CO, '82
Camaro '93 & Newer-Stock
Jim Leiker, Salina, KS, '93
Camaro '93 & Newer-Street
John Coffman, Leavenworth, KS, '99
Camaro '93 & Newer-Modified
Mike Sorensen, Westminster, CO, '98
Chevelle '64-67-Stock
Shawn Carpenter, Westminster, CO, '66
Chevelle '64-67-Street
Greg Gonzales, Louisville, CO, '66
Chevelle '64-67-Modified
Doug Marrs, Hays, KS, '67
Chevelle '68 & Newer-Stock
Jerry Bunker, Hays, KS, '70
Chevelle '68 & Newer-Street
Warren Joerg, Randall, KS, '68
Chevelle '68 & Newer-Modified
Michael Knapp, Aurora, CO, '70

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Dave Pilatus, Hays, KS, '00 Monte Carlo
Wendy Bancroft, Northglenn, CO, '02 Cavalier
Paul & Debbie Epler, Colorado Springs, CO, '00 Monte Carlo
Conversion '48 & Earlier-Modified
John Whitlock, Rio Rancho, NM, '34 Ford
Conversion '49 & Newer-Street
Eric Walsh, Englewood, CO, '95 Sunfire
Conversion '49 & Newer-Modified
Michael Luebbers, Northglenn, CO, '98 Trans Am

Corvette '53-67-Stock
David Boyce, Littleton, CO, '67
Corvette '53-67-Street
Peggy Sarno, Westminster, CO, '56
Corvette '53-67-Modified
Harry & Jona Goza, Emporia, KS, '64
Corvette '68-82-Street
Duane Schultz, Aurora, CO, '69
Corvette '68-82-Modified
Max Romero, Littleton, CO, '78
Corvette '84 & Newer-Stock
Roger Schwartzkopf, Gering, NE, '93
Corvette '84 & Newer-Street
Tom Barela, Gypsum, CO, '94
Corvette '84 & Newer-Modified
Joe Saver, Goddard, KS, '00

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Early Chevrolet '35 & Earlier-Stock
Sonny Hegarty, Albuquerque, NM, '32
Early Chevrolet '36-48-Modified
Steve & Tammy Esdon, Thornton, CO, '38

EL Camino-Stock
Mack & Carmen Wilson, Lakewood, CO, '67
EL Camino-Street
Brady Hunt, Dumas, TX, '70
EL Camino-Modified
Don & Tina Brown, Broomfield, CO, '70

Monte Carlo-Stock
Don Nelson, Crooks, SD, '87
Monte Carlo-Street
Craig Bush, Bronson, IA, '72
Monte Carlo-Modified
Roy Maddox, Aurora, CO, '71

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Nova '62-67-Stock
Steve Flanagan, Aurora, CO, '66
Nova '62-67-Street
Les Martinez, Albuquerque, NM, '66
Nova '62-67-Modified
Pam Anderson, Thornton, CO, '67
Nova '68 & Newer-Street
Larry & Marie Case, Palmyra, NE, '68
Nova '68 & Newer-Modified
Wayne Gill, Littleton, CO, '70

Phil Nelson, Wichita, KS, '65 Corvair Corsa
Pro Street-Modified
Chris Connolly, Brighton, CO, '74 Corvette
Pro Street Truck-Modified
David Gramling, Aurora, CO, '77 truck
Pro Engineered-Modified
Randy Watson, Omaha, NE, '66 Nova

Street Cruiser
John Metcalf, Aurora, CO, '48 truck
Street Cruiser
Ron Garcia, Denver, CO, '55 Nomad
Street Cruiser
Darryl Land, Golden, CO, '41 Chevy coupe

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Truck '49-72-Street
Dan Krohn, Colorado Springs, CO, '69
Truck '49-72-Modified
Joel Fisher, Colorado Springs, CO, '57
Truck '73-87-Modified
Mark Miller, Denver, CO, '84
Truck '88 & Newer-Stock
Dean & Leslie Tucker, Arvada, CO, '02
Truck '88 & Newer-Street
Daniel Bunker, Hays, KS, '93
Truck '88 & Newer-Modified
Chuck & Cynthia Coolter, Sedona, AZ, '02

4x4 Truck-Street
Roberta Boothby, Cherokee, IA, '01
4x4 Truck-Modified
Harold Briggs, Golden, CO, '94
Mini Truck-Modified
Shawn Viles, Pueblo, CO, '96
Chuck Coulter, Sedona, AZ, '59
4X4 SUV-Street
Kurt Darrow, Littleton, CO, '96
4X4 MINI SUV-Stock
Kevin Van Houten, Thornton, CO, '92

Drag Race Results
Editor's Choice Top Ten Drag Cars
Jim Applegate, Littleton, CO, '37 Topolino
Patrick Brewer, Denver, CO, '68 Camaro
Eddie Gilbert, Aurora, CO, '61 Corvette
Rob Haines, Brighton, CO, '69 Camaro
John Koenig, Lakewood, CO, '67 Impala
Chris & Jean Major, Parker, CO, '69 Camaro
Rick Milinazzo, Fort Collins, CO, '61 Impala
Chris Pfannenstiel, Littleton, CO, '67 Camaro
Mike Pippin, Arvada, CO, '66 Nova
Stan Wagner, Colorado Springs, CO, '55 Chevy

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Bracket 1
Winner-Milt Gedo, Lakewood, CO, '01 Yancer, 9.025 @ 148.66mph
Runner-Up-John Branan, Denver, CO, '73 Vega, 10.551 @ 128.07mph

Bracket 2
Winner-Ron Neese, Thornton, CO, '71 Nova, 10.926 @ 124.57mph
Runner-Up-TJ Waldrop, Littleton, CO, '71 Camaro, 11.317 @ 119.16mph

Dot Street Tire
Winner-Henry Helming, Aurora, CO, '89 Corvette, 11.647 @ 118.40mph
Runner-Up-Ryan Kamada, LaSalle, CO, '01 Camaro, 14.678 @ 96.47mph

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Nitro Coupes
Winner-Jim Nordhougen, Longmont, CO, '41 Chevy coupe, 6.468 @ 222.95mph
Runner-Up-John Scialpi, West Covina, CA, '57 Bel Air, Broke

Saturday Bracket Race
Final 2 didn't run, purse was split

2002 Denver Super Chevy Show
Vendor's List
ABC Wheels & Tires
Al Serra Chevrolet; dba Team Chevrolet, Inc.
American Auto Lifts
Auto City Classic
Automotive Supply Company
Big Chicken Bar Stools
Blazin' Bell Tech Inc.
Bowtie Performance
Corvette Connection
D&R Classic Automotive
Danchuk Manufacturing, Inc.
Dayton Motorsports Video
Don Garlits Museum
Dragon Race Engineering
Endless Creations
F.A.S.T. (Florida Auto Specialties & Tools)
Featherlite Inc.
Golden West Performance
High Performance Image (Primedia)
Jerry's Classics
Jim Cook Performance
Kenny's Trucks Inc.
LoneStar - Super Chevy Store
LoneStar Muscle Car (SoffSeal)
Millenium Shades
Minnesota Pneumatic Products
Photo Sports
Renegade Custom Coaches & Trailers
Sacred Heart Catholic School
Shawnee Tool Sales
Sign Lab
Stang's Diecast
Superior Equipment
Thunder Graphics/ Sticker Spot
Thunder Hobbies
TMG Sports Marketing/GM Performance Parts
Total Performance
TPI Performance Transmissions
Triple M Sales



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