KANSAS CITY - The Super Chevy Show series announced bracket and car show class information along with early information about the new Shoebox Shootout class on its redesigned website today (www.superchevyshow.com). And they're not finished yet. There is plenty more news to come--this is just for starters. Stay tuned to superchevy.com and the pages of Super Chevy magazine for more details.
The ownership group wants to give fans and participants as much specific information as possible about the car show and bracket series. SCSW, Inc., purchased the Super Chevy Show series in November. The ownership group is a mix of racetrack owners, promoters and racing experts who want the 30th anniversary season in 2010 to be its best year yet.
Summit Motorsports Park's Bill Bader said one of the ways to make the 2010 season shine is to bring a good, old, American classic back to the track - the 1957 Chevy. The Shoebox Shootout will feature a racing category for 1962 and older Chevy models at each of the national Super Chevy Show events. The rules and car specifics will be announced in January, but Bader wants people to pull their heavy metal out of the garage now and start preparing for the 16-car showdown at each track.
"The Shoebox Shootout is still in its infancy phase and we're working on the rules and structure but it will certainly be a race category for 1962 and older vehicles," Bader said. "We want those really fast, big, heavy '55 Chevys, '57 Chevys and bubbletops back out at the track. They have a tremendous amount of mainstream appeal and when you see a '57 Chevy blasting down the track at a high rate of speed, you won't be able to help but watch. It's going to be very entertaining."
Bader said the series wanted to give a home to a stylish and quick vehicle that seems to have lost its place in racing over the years. All of the vehicles will be body-correct and look just the way they did when they rolled off the original assembly line.
The Shoebox Shootout will have qualifying and then move to a dial-in format for the single-elimination bracket of 16 to get down to the winner. Bader hopes the series will move to a heads-up format in the future when the fields are ready. "A lot of these cars have been parked over the years because racers couldn't compete with other makes and models," Bader said. "These cars are in garages and barns and it's time they start inspiring 'wows' at the race track again. It will take a couple of years for this class to mature but we know this is going to be a tremendous class for racers and fans alike. This is going to be a completely unique feature of the Super Chevy Show."
The car show also will have some changes in 2010. Virginia Motorsports Park's Bryan Pierce is on the Car Show Committee and said the goal is to listen to what car show participants have to say about the series and incorporate the high-priority changes as early as next season.
"I've been talking with car show participants from around the country and they all said the top priority needs to be better and more detailed descriptions of the car show classes," Pierce said. "The car show is a gathering for car enthusiasts from around the country to come together and it's an important element of the series. We want to make it easy for people to go online and see where their car will fit in the car show. We're working on ways to make it more fun and relaxing to come out with your car and be part of the experience." Pierce said the committee is feverishly working on what he considers the most important element of the car show - prestige.
"The Super Chevy Show has a tremendous history and we want to respect the history and bring back the prestige of winning a trophy at the event," Pierce said. "We want a high-quality car show so that if you win a trophy, you are honored by the award."
Racers, car show participants, fans, vendors, and sponsors alike can call 1-800-692-6230 to receive further information on the Super Chevy Show series.