There's always something happening in this city on the Mississippi. Go to Memphis and if you're bored, you really need a life. For Super Chevy Show fans this event rivals Indy, Maple Grove, and Pomona for what goes on. Manufacturer's Midway is a monster, the swap meet and Car Corral stretches for at least a mile, the racers don't know the word "quit," and the car show brings out the best in the South. Many of these cars make their first appearance of the year at Memphis after spending the winter being built, re-built, or just lovingly polished for months. After opening in Bradenton, Florida, in February, we spent weeks waiting for the season to kickoff in earnest. Memphis definitely signaled the start of what should be a great 2004 Super Chevy Show Season, and we're going to make it three in a row from here with stops at Dallas and Pomona in the next 2 weeks-might be hard to beat Memphis, though.
For racers, Memphis might be one of the most user-friendly tracks in the country. Paul Cartwright and his crew bend over backwards to make sure that as many racers as possible get time trials, and that the track stays safe and clean for pros and bracket racers alike. The track crew even squeezed in a little time on Sunday morning for the SUPER CHEVY magazine crew to stage up some very cool cover photos on the big end. Check out our Web site coverage for a behind-the-scenes look at photo ace Andrew Schear, some great Camaros, and local models enjoying a Memphis Sunday morning.
Let The Best Car Win
Bring Out The Best
The judges are the same, the cars are still the best Chevys in the country, and the Super Chevy Shows are still at the best tracks in the land, so what's new? Something fundamental compared to what we've been used to for two decades or more, but then again it's not as radical as some might think. To begin with the classifications of Stock, Street, and Modified no longer exist within each class of car. There still are achievement awards for Stock, Street, and Modified, but if you bring your Camaro, for example, to the show it will compete with all other Camaros in its year category. Same for all other models of Chevy cars and trucks.
We've become used to grouping cars based upon what the car was like when it originally left the factory (stock), or with minor changes (street), or more extensive modifications (modified). Each of these classifications has at times become the source of debate and argument and didn't always please all car owners. At times, the quantity of some classifications became skewed so that one group might have many cars competing in it, while others were represented by only one or two. Those one or two would take an award under the previous rules, even if they weren't up to the standards of cars in the other classifications. The rule change this season lets all these cars compete against the others, with appropriate year breaks, and the best car wins.
From what we've seen so far, the cars that win are the best cars and we would have seen them take awards under any criteria. The judges that have been looking at Super Chevy Show cars are still the highly qualified people who judge cars year around at Super Chevy Shows and other major events, both indoor and outdoor. There are still the Saturday awards, which include Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Cars, and many sponsored awards, and these haven't changed. There are still more possibilities to win at Super Chevy than at any other event in the USA, and that hasn't changed. For those of you who want more information, make it a point to attend the Saturday morning Car Show Seminar at each Super Chevy Show. Then enjoy the day.