2002 Super Chevy Show Gainesville - Premier Event in Gainesville

Big Mike Brings Out His Tri-Five

Tony Kelly May 12, 2003 0 Comment(s)

He said he could do it, and he said he would do it; we just had doubts about whether or not it would happen. Big Mike Swinarski has been campaigning his Nitro Coupe Camaro for a while now, even after he blew the top off. He's been talking about his new race car, a '57 Bel Air, which he wanted to have done by the end of the season. That's pretty tough when you travel to upstate New York on the off-weeks then pull the rig all over the country on Super Chevy Show weekends. Never underestimate Swinarski, though, as he brought his new racer to Gainesville the last week of October. Not only that, but the car was sufficiently "dialed-in" to record a 6.69-second e.t. on its maiden run, a time that most other Nitro Coupe drivers would be happy with on runs to qualify for the field. Of course, the car is definitely "eye candy," as well it should be, since Mike is a '57 fanatic, having one for his daily driver.

Of course, we weren't prepared for the other Swinarski event; there is a baby girl about to premier also. Had the doctor not given his okay, Mike would have had to wait to bring out the Bel Air as the princess is due any day. We'll give particulars next time.

As life can often do, we combine premiers with departures. Our long-time Super Chevy Race Director, Phil Gustin, has decided to take his well-earned retirement and enjoy life at his home on the river. Phil has served racers at tracks all over the country for many years, ensuring their safety and well-being, and is noted for being the final authority on when a dragstrip is ready for racing. We will miss Phil but wish him happiness and a good life.

On the show car front we found that Gainesville is Chevelle country. Of course there were other great cars there, but if you're a Chevelle fan, don't miss Gainesville. Heck, don't miss any Super Chevy Show.

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Lindy Farmer of Ellenwood, GA, grabbed our attention with this "sleeper" '70 Nova, running a 396. The car was restored to the point that we offered to buy it for what it cost new. Lindy turned us down, but we gave the car the SUPER CHEVY Magazine 30th Anniversary Award.

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Street Rodder Magazine's Outstanding Street Rod award went to David Wade of Palatka, FL, for his big-block, nitrous-equipped '39 Ford coupe, with an owner-applied 4-inch chop.

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In these groups of winners photos, we keep seeing one smiling face repeated.

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didn't notice until the film was developed, but he's everywhere!

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Who is that kid?

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Mike Swinarski brought his brand-new Bel Air Nitro Coupe, with club logo, to debut at Gainesville.

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Classic Trucks Magazine's Outstanding Classic Truck award was given to Clint Wilson of Lake Butler, FL, for his bright-yellow and well-done '48 Chevy hauler.

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Two wagons from 1966 illustrate what we love about these cool models. Both were awarded Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car awards.

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The red Chevelle is owned by Al Dondfriu of Palm Harbor, FL, and the Bel Air belongs to Pete Kinney of Venice, FL.

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The Trim Parts Best Corvette award, given in association with Vette magazine, deservedly went to Gerald Copeland of Tifton, GA, for this splendid '62.

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Wayne and Pat Lasley came all the way from Romney, IN, to enter their '53 convertible. It took home an Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car award.

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Wayne Dixon and son Clint entered this beautiful '86 Monte Carlo. It's owned by Clint who is 14; he was greatly involved with the body and paint work (especially the sanding). He gets to drive it to school when he gets his license, and in the meantime, he can admire the Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car award the car earned.

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Kerry Hunter's '55 is a classic with modern touches. We gave the Jacksonville, FL, native an Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car award.

DRAG RACE RESULTS
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CARS
Greg Belles, Lakeland, FL, '69 Camaro Lloyd French, Ocala, FL, '71 Monte Carlo
Richard Hensley, Beverly Hills, FL, '68 Camaro
Fred Lambes, High Springs, FL, '69 Chevelle
Benjamin Matts, Alachua, FL, '67 Nova
John Morrell, Port Richey, FL, '69 Camaro
Darrell Pittman, Axson, GA, '69 Camaro
Dana Savage, Naples, FL, '67 Camaro RS/SS
Eddie Schmeing, Ft. Myers, FL, '70 Monte Carlo
Robert Underwood, Tarpon Springs, FL, '71 Chevelle

2002 GAINESVILLE SUPER CHEVY SHOW STATS
SATURDAY AWARDS
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
William & Clint Dixon, Interlochen, FL, '86 Monte Carlo Al Dondfriu, Palm Harbor, FL, '66 Chevelle wagon
Dale Faulds Jr., Daytona Beach, FL, '61 Impala Tim Hansard, Cumming, GA, '69 Camaro
Kerry Hunter, Jacksonville, FL, '55 Chevy Rodney Hutto, Plant City, FL, '70 Chevelle SS
Pete Kinney, Venice, FL, '66 Bel Air Wagon Wayne & Pat Lasley, Romney, IN, '53 Chevy convertible
Bob & Bill Pierce, Holiday, FL, '70 Nova Charlie Pierce, Malabar, FL, '71 Camaro
SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIOR John Trautmann, Pompano Beach, FL, '70 Chevelle
BEST PAINT Terry Hansard, Cumming, GA, '67 Camaro
BEST ENGINE Richard Graf, Jacksonville, FL, '56 Chevy
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED BY RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC. Joe Wigley, Savannah, GA, '70 Chevelle
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIES Giulio Breviario, Hudson, FL, '67 Nova
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCK Ed Bellflower, Oak City, NC, '70 Chevelle
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREET Bill Kumm, Port Orange, FL, '69 Camaro
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIED Richard Boyd, Albany, GA, '66 Nova
ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Frank McMillan, Valdosta, GA, '64 Chevelle
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERS Gerald Copeland, Tifton, GA, '62 Corvette
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC. Shane Fonseca, Orange Park, FL, '68 Camaro
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCA Donna & Rich Gregorski, Largo, FL, '41 Willys
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARD Rich Perillo, Cape Coral, FL, '01 Truck
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD--STREET RODDER MAGAZINE David Wade, Palatka, FL, '39 Ford coupe
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD--CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINE Clint Wilson, Lake Butler, FL, '48 Chevy truck
SUPER CHEVY MAGAZINE 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AWARD
Lindy Farmer, Ellenwood, GA, '70 Nova

SUNDAY AWARDS
SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARD--WORKMAT Richard Boyd, Albany, GA, '66 Nova
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD" FOR OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCE
Frank McMillan, Valdosta, GA, '64 Chevelle
"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD--SOFFSEAL
Joey Wigley, Savannah, GA, '70 Chevelle
BEST OF GOLD--STOCK--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC. Lindy Farmer, Ellenwood, GA, '69 Camaro
BEST OF GOLD--STREET--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC. Gary Trahan, Houman, LA, '69 Camaro
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Joey Wigley, Savannah, GA, '69 Camaro
BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURING
Gene Talsma, Hudsonville, MI, '56 Chevy
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEAL Clara & Roger Bailey, Buford, GA, '63 Impala
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROS Tim Hansard, Cummning, GA, '69 Camaro
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUP Ed Bellflower, Oak City, NC, '70 Chevelle
BEST CONTEMPORARY--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC. Josh Solomon, Jacksonville, FL, '02 Cavalier
BEST CONVERSION--MEGUIAR'S Donna & Rich Gregorski, Largo, FL, '41 Willys
BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINE
Gerald Copeland, Tifton, GA, '62 Corvette
BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTT
Clint Wilson, Lake Butler, FL, '48 truck
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Wayne Banister, Marietta, GA, '76 El Camino
BEST MONTE CARLO--CHEVYMALL.COM
Lamar Johnson, Lithonia, GA, '70 Monte Carlo
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUES
Bob & Bill Pierce, Holiday, FL, '73 Nova
BEST OPEN--MASTERS ENTERTAINMENT Ron Vargas, Middleburg, FL, '76 Vega
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED--AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTS
John Trautmann, Pompano Beach, FL, '70 Chevelle
BEST TRUCK--STYLIN CONCEPTS
Jack Oglesby, Swainsboro, GA, '68 truck
CLUB PARTICIPATION Sunshine State Camaro Club of Florida
AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. PARTNERSHIP AWARD
The Hansard Family of Cumming, GA
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--DRAG RACE
Robert Hopkinson, Venice, FL, '71 Nova
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--CAR SHOW
Rich Gregorski, Largo, FL, '41 Willys
SUPER CHEVY SHOW YOUNG STAR AWARD
Garrett Osburn, Lake City, FL, 95 GMC

GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD CAMARO '67-69--STOCK Joey Wigley, Savannah, GA, '69
GOLD CAMARO '67-69 ZL-1--STOCK Lindy Farmer, Ellenwood, GA, '69 ZL-1
GOLD CAMARO '67-69--STREET Gary Trahan, Houma, LA, '69
CLASS WINNERS
'55-56-57--MODIFIED Gene Talsma, Hudsonville, MI, '56
BIG CAR '49-54--STOCK Jose M. Vega, Gainesville, FL, '52
BIG CAR '49-54--STREET Wayne & Pat Lasley, Romney, IN, '53
BIG CAR '49-54--MODIFIED Mickey Pearce, Lakeland, FL, '50
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCK Thomas Cissell, Greenville, KY, '58
BIG CAR '58-89--STREET John Soyak, Orange City, FL, '64
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIED Clara & Roger Bailey, Buford, GA, '63
BIG CAR '90-96--STOCK Milan & Carol Vujanich, Seffner, FL, '96
BIG CAR '90-96--STREET Hugh Bob McGlynn, Ft. Pierce, FL, '96
CAMARO '67-69--STOCK Bruce Eckstein, Heathrow, FL, '69
CAMARO '67--STREET Diane Dagley, Atlantic Beach, FL, '67
CAMARO '68--STREET Raymond Pianka, Palm Bay, FL, '68
CAMARO '69 HARD-TOP--STREET Glenn Pieschke, Estero, FL, '69
CAMARO '69 CONVERTIBLE--STREET Ron Adams, Citra, FL, '69
CAMARO '67-69--MODIFIED Tim Hansard, Cumming, GA, '69
CAMARO '70-81--STOCK Bill & Wesley Culver, Macon, GA, '70
CAMARO '70-81--STREET Marsha Allen, Panama City, FL, '72
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIED Gene Struthers, Tarpon Springs, FL, '73
CAMARO '82-92--STOCK Gary Wachowiak, St. Petersburg, FL, '91
CAMARO '82-92--STREET Mark Woodhouse, Largo, FL, '92
CAMARO '82-92--MODIFIED Brian Mussnug, Gainesville, FL, '87
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STOCK Douglas Reed, Riverview, FL, '02
CAMARO '93 & NEWER CONVERTIBLE--STREET Robert Crockett, Palm Harbor, FL, '02
CAMARO '93 & NEWER COUPES--STREET Jim Paugh, Winter Springs, FL, '96
CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCK Dale Gilmore, Ft. Pierce, FL, '66
CHEVELLE '64-67--STREET Bruce Clem, Clearwater, FL, '66
CHEVELLE '64-67--MODIFIED Frank McMillan, Valdosta, GA, '64
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCK Joey Wigley, Savannah, GA, '70
CHEVELLE '68-69--STREET Ron Haworth, Cape Coral, FL, '69
CHEVELLE '70 & NEWER-STREET Jim Boone, Seminole, FL, '71
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIED Dan Kunik, Beverly Hills, FL, '68
CONTEMPORARY--STOCK Jason Castor, Gainesville, FL, '02 Monte Carlo
CONTEMPORARY--STREET Delia Pittman, Gainesville, FL, '01 Monte Carlo
CONTEMPORARY--MODIFIED Josh Solomon, Jacksonville, FL, '02 Cavalier
CONVERSION '48 & EARLIER--MODIFIED Donna & Rich Gregorski, Largo, FL, '41 Willys
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--STREET John Whooley, Tallahassee, FL, '01 Pontiac
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--MODIFIED David Burch, Cocoa, FL, '68 Pontiac
CORVETTE '53-67--STOCK Stephen Twiss, Hudson, FL, '66
CORVETTE '53-67--STREET Daniel Copeland, Tifton, GA, '62
CORVETTE '53-67--MODIFIED Gerald Copeland, Tifton, GA, '62
CORVETTE '68-82--STREET Gary Zimnarik, Jacksonville, FL, '75
CORVETTE '68-82--MODIFIED Ed Dolan, Weirsdale, FL, '76
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STREET Thomas Evatt, Vidalia, GA, '96
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--MODIFIED Bruce Harvey, Cape Coral, FL, '98
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIED Bob Bassford, Citra, FL, '34 Chevy
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIED Clint Wilson, Lake Butler, FL, '48 Chevy
EL CAMINO--STREET Jerry Cox, Ocala, FL, '67
EL CAMINO--MODIFIED Wayne Banister, Marietta, GA, '76
MONTE CARLO--STOCK Lamar Johnson, Lithonia, GA, '70
MONTE CARLO--STREET Jim Martin, Suwanee, GA, '70
NOVA '62-67--STOCK Peter & Rosmarie Campbell, Newport Richey, FL, '67
NOVA '62-67--STREET Giulio Breviario, Hudson, FL, '67
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIED Brian Moss, St. Cloud, FL, '65
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STOCK Lindy Farmer, Ellenwood, GA, '70
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STREET Chris Teed, Orlando, FL, '68
NOVA '68 & NEWER--MODIFIED Bob & Bill Pierce, Holiday, FL, '73
OPEN--STREET Ron Vargas, Middleburg, FL, '76 Vega
PRO STREET '60's--MODIFIED Giulio Breviario, Hudson, FL, '67 Nova
PRO STREET '70 & NEWER--MODIFIED John Trautmann, Pompano Beach, FL, '70 Chevelle
PRO STREET TRUCK--MODIFIED James Russell, Clermont, FL, '86 Astro
PRO ENGINEERED--MODIFIED Richard Boyd, Albany, GA, '66 Nova
STREET CRUISER Thomas Wester, Tampa, FL, '56 Chevy
STREET CRUISER Donald Hotz, Winter Park, FL, '37 Chevy
TRUCK '49-72--MODIFIED Jack Oglesby, Swainsboro, GA, '68
TRUCK '73-87--STREET Jesse Hale, Middleburg, FL, '86
TRUCK '73-87--MODIFIED Randy Adle, Valdosta, GA, '87
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--STREET Dale Evatt, Vidalia, GA, '00
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--MODIFIED Emory Reiser, Richmond Hill, GA, '01 Silverado
4X4 TRUCK--MODIFIED Ralph Perillo, Cape Coral, FL, '01
MINI TRUCK--STREET Bob & Sarah Snider, Lake Pansoffkee, FL, '01
MINI TRUCK--MODIFIED John Tingley, Tampa, FL, '95
SUV--MODIFIED James Anderson, Pomona Park, FL, '86
MINI SUV--STREET Ronnie Chesser, Alachua, FL, '87

DRAG RACE RESULTS

BRACKET 1
WINNER Bill Highhouse, Orange Park, FL, '80 Camaro, 9.649 @ 120.28mph
RUNNER-UP James Johnson, Cocoa, FL, '96 Trans Am, 11.866 @ 112.59mph
BRACKET 2
WINNER Brien Radley, Belleview, FL, '79 Malibu, 12.207 @ 100.07mph
RUNNER-UP Jamie Kelly, Ocala, FL, '73 Corvette, 15.497 @ 86.59mph
DOT STREET TIRE
WINNER Vernon Glisson, Hawthorne, FL, '68 Camaro, 11.418 @ 117.34mph
RUNNER-UP Derek Putnam, Gainesville, FL, '70 Nova, 12.506 @ 105.90mph
NITRO COUPES
WINNER Gary Irving, Bolton, ON-Can, '37 Chevy coupe, 6.988 @ 199.42mph
RUNNER-UP Dan Nickelson, LaVerne, CA, '94 Beretta, 15.421 @ 52.11mph
SATURDAY BRACKET RACE
WINNER Bobby Fuller, Jacksonville, FL, '27 roadster
RUNNER-UP John Rollins, Gainesville, FL, '72 Nova

NITRO COUPE POINT STANDINGS
1. Dan Nickelson 490pts.
2. Jim Nordhougen 410
3. Gary Irving 245
4. Bruce Boland 240
5. Mike Swinarski 215
6. John Reynolds 130
7. Jerry Hicks 60
8. Andy Neyer 50

2002 Gainesville Super Chevy Show Vendor's List
AAAA Toy Automotive Catalog Supply Company
Bowtie Performance
Bradley's Car Collectibles
Buff's Tools & Equipment
C&C Enterprises
California Street Rods Inc.
CFM Motorsports
Christy's Cars & Collectibles
Classic Toys
Cory's Vinyl Graphics
Danchuk Manufacturing, Inc.
Discount Auto Watches
Don Garlits Museum
F.A.S.T. (Florida Auto Specialties & Tools)
Featherlite Inc.
First Baptist Church of Boulougne
Florida Performance
High Performance Image (Primedia)
Jim Cook Performance
LoneStar - Super Chevy Store
LoneStar Muscle Car (SoffSeal)
Meguiar's
Minnesota Pneumatic Products
Photo Sports
Priority Sales
Renegade Custom Coaches & Trailers
Rise & Shine Enterprises
Rock 104
Sports Collectibles
Wheeler Motorsports
The Wheel Tough Company

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