I wasn't sure what was more exciting, a chance to get out of the officefor a few days to attend the Super Chevy show, or the opportunity todrive a restomodded '57 hardtop to the event. If the black '57 looksfamiliar, it was a frequent subject of tech stories in various 2006 and2007 issues of Super Chevy. What made the trip a little nerve rackingwas the fact the car belongs to our Senior VP Doug Evans, so ifsomething happened to the car, I'd be moving to Montana and assuming anew name.
Once on the road, my nerves quickly calmed, and I enjoyed the two hourdrive up to Gainesville from our Tampa office. With a hopped up 350,700R-4 and Classic Auto Air A/C, cruising in the '57 was awesome. I'mnot sure what was better, just driving the car or seeing the looks ofstunned BMW and Mercedes owners as I blasted past them at 75 mph onI-75. At one point on the way up, traffic stopped on the highway becauseof an accident, and three different people came up to the car looking itover and giving me the thumbs up.
On the way back after the show ended, I spotted a new black ChallengerR/T cruising sedately ahead of me, and was forced to open up the BarryGrant triple-deuce setup on the 350 and show the Challenger what a realmuscle car looked like. Once I passed, I glanced in the rearview mirrorand saw a turn signal come on and the Challenger change lanes to try andcatch up, but the front grille of the Challenger kept growing smaller.
A late addition to the Super Chevy Show schedule, this year'sGainesville event was packed full of interesting cars and great racingaction. While all the show cars were getting set up and polished for aday in the sun, the dragstrip was firing up with the sounds of nitrocoupes and nasty doorslammers courtesy of the Southern Super StockAssociation. The True Street competitors were going through inspectionsand getting ready for their road test.
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP 10 SHOW AWARDS
Gary & Debi Deason - Crawfordville, FL - '55 210 Gasser
Jim Hopkins - Beverly Hills, FL - '71 Nova
Michael Lloyd - Callahan, FL - '68 Camaro
Donnie Childers - Tifton, GA - '66 Chevelle
Tom Messer - Gainesville, FL - '67 Camaro
Buddy Burfind - Englewood, FL - '64 Nova
Ralph Hendricks - Jacksonville, FL - '67 Camaro
John Nobles - Callahan, FL - '55 Chevy
Wayne Folin - Willington, FL - '63 Biscayne
Larry Geiger - Callahan, FL - '72 Chevelle
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP 10 DRAG AWARDS
George Emanuel - High Springs, FL - '55 Bel Air 2-door Sedan
Larry Flynn - Lutz, FL - '57 Be lAir Hardtop
Bob Wold - Oxford, FL - '55 210 2-door Sedan
Scott Helms - Crystal Springs, FL - '66 Impala SS
Kevin Cradduck - Murfreesboro, TN - '69 Camaro
Darren Stutts - Green Cove Springs, FL - '57 150 2-door Sedan
Jimmy Gugel - Ocala, FL - '70 Camaro
Ken & Faye Hamilton - Jacksonville, FL - Small-Block-Powered Dragster
Kelly Hicks - St. Augustine, FL - '02 Camaro Pro Mod
Paul Forte - Jacksonville, FL - '69 Camaro
TRUE STREET RESULTS
WINNER: Jason Rollins - '71 Nova - 10.182 avg
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Smith - '95 Firebird - 11.647 avg
12-SECOND WINNER: Bud Ehrmann - '69 Camaro - 12.05 avg
13-SECOND WINNER: Larry Mengelkoch - '72 Truck - 13.08 avg
CHECK OUT PAGE TWO FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THE 2008 SUPER CHEVY SHOW IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA