After all the Bow Tie excitement in Dallas, we got a few weeks to catch our breath before heading up to Norwalk, Ohio, for the next event on the Super Chevy Show tour. Bill Bader Jr. and the crew at Summit Motorsports Park had everything ready to go for a full weekend of Chevy fun, despite some ominous weather forecasts.
Arriving at the track for Friday's test 'n' tune, we were stunned to see the pits filled to the brim with racers itching to hit the Norwalk quarter-mile and tweak their cars for Saturday's action. We're talking 390 race cars strong.
Saturday dawned gray and ominous, which undoubtedly impacted the car show. Luckily, we only fought a few sporadic drizzles through the event. The drag racers were not deterred at all. There were 450 Bow Ties of every conceivable combination entered in the various classes. These folks were hardcore. There was even an LS-powered Fox-chassis Mustang competing.
The premier strip category of the weekend was the Fuel Altered Showdown. Led by the most famous car in the history of the class, the "Winged Express," the nitro-sucking, on-the-edge-of-out-of-control monsters didn't disappoint as they faced off against each other all weekend. In between, the staging lanes were filled to the brim with cars from the various classes.
Over in the car show area, the First Generation Monte Carlo Club (www.fgmcc.com) brought over 30 of its members out for their annual eastern meet and judging to liven up the car show. Club President Andreas Kwetkus was in attendance with his own Monte despite having a mishap with his car's paint prior to the show. The club was established in 2000, and each year holds an annual eastern and western meet that members can attend to have their cars judged by members for a variety of awards.
While the brief flirtations with rain throughout the weekend caused a few delays, the crew at Summit Motorsports Park was always on the ball, keeping the track dry and everything else running smoothly. And much to the delight of everyone attending the car show award ceremonies, Bill Bader Jr. announced that the series would be returning to the track next year (dates to be determined).
Robert Pavlov was smoking out the track all weekend in his '57 convertible with John Force-style burnouts while running the Shoebox Shootout class. In the final round, he squared off against Bill Rodrigues' '56 Bel Air hardtop, with Rodrigues breaking out with a 9.84 run on a 9.93 dial in, while Pavlov ran a winning 9.22 on a 9.07 dial in.
In the Fuel Altered class, there were two finals. On Saturday, Jim Maroney faced off against Tom Padilla, with a winning 6.47 at 208 to Padilla's 6.73 at 201. On Sunday, the final match pitted Dave Hough against Jason Richey, with Hough coming out on top with a 6.43 at 224 to Richey's 6.82 at 197.
A Weekend In Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo contingent was, indeed, impressive and the Super Chevy Show promoters are definitely open to clubs who want to have regional or national meets at these events.
We sure hope the Monte club returns next year-definitely a great group of people and cars.
BRACKET 1 - DI - R/T - ET - MPH
Winner: JP Schuster, Damascus, OH - 8.00 - 0.006 - 8.011 - 161.83
Runner Up: Lisa Schaffner - 7.93 - 0.033 - 7.930 - 165.11
BRACKET 2 - DI - R/T - ET - MPH
Winner: Maurice Edwards, Norwalk, OH - 11.07 - 0.016 - 11.057 - 118.72
Runner Up: Rick Baehr, Wellington, OH - 10.43 - 0.038 - 10.407 - 123.52
DOT - DI - R/T - ET - MPH
Winner: Erick Hegelmann, Kalamazoo, MI - 12.10 - 0.064 - 12.115 - 101.16
Runner Up: Dr Wendy, Norwalk, OH - 13.63 - 0.121 - 13.678 - 95.89
BONUS RACE - SATURDAY - DI - R/T - ET - MPH
Winner: Randy Biddle Jr., Burbank, OH - 11.09 - 0.037 - 11.091 - 122.41
Runner Up: Wes Buckley, Walbridge, OH - 10.21 - 0.022 - 10.227 - 126.62
SHOEBOX SHOOTOUT - DI - R/T - ET - MPH
Winner: Robert Pavlov, Lowellville, OH - 9.07 - 0.068 - 9.220 - 144.67
Runner Up: Bill Rodrigues, Stockbridge, MI - 9.93 - 0.004 - 9.841 - 132.93
FUEL ALTEREDS - SUNDAY - R/T - ET - MPH
Winner: Dave Hough, Las Vegas - 0.181 - 6.436 - 224.55
Runner Up: Jason Richey, Pleasanton, CA - 0.104 - 6.821 - 197.02
FUEL ALTEREDS - SATURDAY - R/T - ET - MPH
Winner: Jim Maroney, Gilbert, AZ - 0.347 - 6.476 - 208.33
Runner Up: Tom Padilla, Arlington, WA - 0.205 - 6.736 - 201.46
CAR SHOW AWARDS
Hard Luck - Eli Brown, OH
Longest Distance (700 mi.) - Mike Giovannucci, MA
Best Stock - Tim Funk, OH
Best Paint - Carl Hanson, VA
Best Chrome - Michael Boyte, NC
Best Interior - Bob Forster, OH
George Lines Best Modified - Eli Brown, OH
Robyn Lance Best Engine (Presented by Mitzi Lance) - Eli Brown, OH
Meet Directors Choice - Jared Richey, SC
Members Choice - Mike Herno, OH
Presidents Choice - Jerry Bergmann, NY
Founder's Award - Andreas Kwetkus
EDITORS CHOICE TOP 10 AWARDS: DRAG RACE
Robert Pavlov - Lowellville, OH - '57 Bel Air convertible
Phil Plotz - Pittsburgh - '82 Camaro
Lon Terra - Bloomsburg, PA - '62 Bel Air 409
Jim Sankiewicz - Clay Center, OH - '67 Bel Air 355
Mike Nickel - Rocky Ridge, OH - '65 Malibu
Dave Mills - Osseo, MI - '65 Chevy II 409
Dustin Miller - London, OH - '70 Nova
Dick Miller - Springfield, OH - '64 Corvette
David & Vicki Merrin - Fredericktown, OH - '56 Sedan Delivery
Bill Thorton - Bethel Park, PA - '61 Bel Air
EDITORS CHOICE TOP 10 AWARDS: CAR SHOW
Capri Blasco - Brunswick, OH - '71 SS454 Monte Carlo
Michael Herno - New Castle, PA - '72 Monte Carlo
Eli Brown - Fairborn, OH - '70 Monte Carlo
Chris Ulrich - Toledo, OH - '60 409 Bel Air
Ron Hoeft - Bucyros, OH - '67 SS427 Impala
Dwight Kniceley - Highland, MI - '57 Bel Air
Joe Feneeh - Allen Park, MI - '56 Bel Air 2-dr Sedan
Ray Tumbay - North Ridgeville, OH - '78 Nova
Bill Parks - Union City, MI - '62 Corvette
Mike & Karen Batjes - Holland, MI - '61 Apache 10