Changing the order of Super Chevy Shows around for 2003 looked like the way to go. Last year the Pomona Super Chevy Show was the first stop on the tour and it nearly rained us out. This year, it was the third stop following great shows and weather in Memphis and Phoenix, and it only served to validate that old saying about "it's not nice to fool with Mother Nature." We had enough rain Saturday to drown a duck, and it certainly didn't help the racing. The proverbial plug was pulled early even though we usually say "rain or shine, the show must go on."
Sunday's attendance made up for it with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of the finest and newest show cars we've seen in years. It was almost too much to cover in a day, although we tried. The Gold Class had cars we've never seen before such as Don Carlile's '39 convertible, fresh from the Northern California indoor show circuit, and one of the most imaginative and striking custom '57 Bel Airs we've ever seen, brought by Rick Clutter of Escondido, California. Add to that the other amazing cars in Gold Class, along with the extremely well done Chevys in all the classes, the Super Chevy Sunday was something to behold.
Of course we've been talking about Project X for months and we finally got it rolling. It might not have been ready for the long hauls but we couldn't miss Pomona. What is interesting is the number of people that personally relate to this car as they feel they grew up watching it's changes as a test mule in Popular Hot Rodding magazine, or in the movie "Hollywood Knights." There was even one skeptic who claimed the car at Pomona wasn't the real Project X. Trust us, it's real!
In racing action, Bruce Boland from Ontario, Canada, prevailed with a 6.414 elapsed time and a speed of 217.33 mph over Phoenix' Champ Andy Neyer. Nothing in Nitro Coupe is to be taken for granted as we have had three different winners in three events. It's anybody's race.
Proving once again that even the clouds can't hide the beauty and shine of true Super Chevys, we offer a look at these outstanding winners from Pomona. The black '69 Camaro convertible came to the show courtesy of Tony Harris from Grand Terrace, California. The big beautiful '61 wagon took Soffseal's Best Big Car award for owners Gerry and Sharon Durnall of Alhambra, California. Street and Performance's Best Detail Gold Class award deservedly went to Doug Muelder of Ventura, California, for his sparkling '69 Camaro. As one might suspect, the Best El Camino award went to an El Camino-the '64 of Don Swanson from Redondo Beach, California. Kimberly-Clark Scott's Best Early Chevrolet went to the very bright and beautiful '31 belonging to Don Bourdeau of Lake Forest, California. Reminding us of the '55 we all wanted in high school was the Editor's Choice Top Ten winner from Upland, California, driven by John Goss.