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Super Chevy Show Topeka Series - Down The Road To Kansas
The Super Chevy Show Landed At Heartland Park In Topeka To Liven Up The Great Plains With Some Bow Tie Excitement.
Nov 1, 2010
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Super Chevy Show Topeka Series - Down The Road To Kansas
John Findley from Kansas City, Kansas, brought out his ultra-sano '67 Nova. The car is painted PPG Brilliant White...
...and powered by a 355. John did an at-home lowering job by cutting the front coils and boxing the lower arms to get the stance just right.
Dave Hastings showed off his almost finished '64 that had the most eye-catching paint at the event. The candy orange sprayed over a gold base really popped in the sun...
...while the 8-71 blown 496 big-block under the hood also caught a few looks.
Over at the dragstrip, Chad Gordine was carrying the front wheels of his G-body Malibu almost to the 60-foot mark as he blasted down the track.
Around midday on Saturday, the skies turned grayish-green and the air temp dropped about 20 degrees in a matter of seconds, so we knew bad winds were coming. After Calin and I helped keep one family's E-Z Up from blowing away like Dorothy's house, we sprinted for the rental car, making it to safety just as the bottom fell out.
Don and Judy Holmes from Lee's Summit, Missouri, showed off their ultra-detailed '56 210 two-door sedan. Built by Derrick Samson, this car was a sight to behold, with a ton of subtle custom features. Look for a full feature on this car in an upcoming issue.
On Sunday, the local Hooters sent some of their orange short-shorts-wearing vision testers out to liven up the car show and pose for pictures next to the classic iron in the field. We snapped this picture of the girls next to Bill and Cathy Wamboldt's '55 gasser, testing out the right front fender. Watch for a future feature on this home-built retro machine.
This black beauty owned by Eric Garcia had more than a few people talking. The car has a 500hp 360 small-block backed by a Tremec TKO trans. What had them talking was the fact Eric decided to graft in a set of '69 taillights into the back of his '68. The car has other cool body tweaks like a modified spoiler, shaved drip rails, and real metal vents cut into the quarter panels.
Look for more on this car as well.
This survivor was particularly interesting. Owned by Lynn and Jackie Holt, they purchased the SS396 Chevelle from the original owners in 2006.
The factory shipping cardboard was still under the seats when they bought it, and everything was as it left the Kansas City plant in '70. Sporting a 350hp Rat and TH400 trans, this car is an interesting time capsule that's been meticulously preserved, yet still driven.
Not often you see a midyear Corvette with a straight axle under it. This off-the-wall gasser had its nose up in the air amongst the other Vettes in the show car field.
With a chromed and polished to the gills big-block underhood, this Sting Ray had plenty of go power to leave just about anything choking on its exhaust fumes.
Winning top spot in the Mote Carlo class was John and Elaina Parman's '87. This slick black Monte has all the goodies you would want, like a 383 stroker, TCI 200-4R, Hotchkis suspension, Moser 9-inch, 18- and 20-inch Americans, and a one-off stinger hood to name a few. The car was put together in John's garage except for paint and body, most of the parts being sourced from swap meets, eBay, and hand me downs. It came together with a tremendous amount of help and support from his wife Elaina, and friend Greg Cragg, along with many others.
Hendrick Motorsports Performance Group (as in Rick Hendrick, the uber successful NASCAR owner/operator) brought out some of its special toys to show off for the weekend at the show. Aside from the usual horsepower boosting parts, it also had some of the special edition '10 Camaros it's selling on display, along with some suck-the-breath-out-of-your-lungs new Corvettes. Check out the autocross coverage to see the Donahue tribute Camaro weaving through the cones.
Another John Findley-built car was this Butternut Yellow '68 SS that belongs to self-proclaimed "Old Fart" Bill Oertel.
Under Bill's guidance, John put in a 383 roller motor with Tremec 5-speed and Moser rear. Not just a looker, Bill's Nova has handling goodies from Heidts and brakes from Baer. This Nova also rolls on a set of 17-inch Americans with 225/45 Bridgestones up front and 245/45 out back.
John Sidney from Independence, Missouri, showed that four doors can be cool with his Vermillion Red '66 Nova Wagon. This hauler has a 427 Rat stuffed in the little engine compartment backed by a 200-4R. It took John four years to complete this beauty, and we think his time was well spent.
Jason Smith and co-pilot Eric Hill built this...
...'70 Camaro at home in the garage. The car has a 350 backed by a 700R4. It rides on an 18- and 20-inch Coys/Hankook wheel and tire package, and has Hotchkis springs, Edelbrock shocks and Fatman control arms. Jason had the Camaro sideways Dukes of Hazzard-style around some of the corners, which we caught on video.
There were even a few killer drop-tops out at the show like this hot red '64 belonging to Ray Kirk.
It's powered by a 383 stroker and has just the right stance thanks to 2-inch drop spindles and Coddington wheels.
Charlie Davison took home one of our Editor's Choice Drag Car awards with his slick red and white '56 210 sedan. Here he's carrying the wheels to the tree on another run down the Heartland Park quarter-mile.
Winning the female category was Christina Fleming in the family's SS Camaro. The entire Fleming family-mom, dad, and son-drove the car both days, and mom proved to be the fastest in her class.
King of the little details has to be Marv Bauer. His '63 Impala has...
...so many homemade particulars it's hard to list them.
One of the vehicles Hendrick Motorsports brought out was this Hendrick Edition '10 Camaro painted up as a tribute to Mark Donahue's classic '69 SCCA racer. Jeff Kopp also drove a raced-out Vette that allowed him to turn in the fastest time of the day with a 25.42 and winning the open class.
Dale Long from the Topeka Corvette Club won the Novice class with a time of 26.94 in his wife's Corvette. To show that any car could run the course, Dale even threw around his '72 Monte Carlo with a 383 small-block and stock suspension. The C5 Corvette wheels helped him turn in a time of 35.49 in the big Monte. Hold on, Dale!
Dale Long has a knack for pushing stock handling cars around the cones and showed Bill Mohringer's Elco no mercy. The completely stock ride was pretty entertaining to watch as it went around the track like a waterbed sloshing side to side.
Runner up in the Novice class was Joe Clance in his ZZ4-powered '69. The F-body has an assortment of Hotchkis and Detroit Speed suspension products, which allowed him to click off a 26.99.
Another beauty on the track was Jerry Thomas' '65. The car was freshly restored and the side pipes sounded sweet as Jerry romped the throttle out of the corners.
The other notable car that was with the Hendrick folks was Scott Mock's bitchen '69. Kevin Miller was able to push the decked-out Camaro to a 26.32, getting him second place in the Open class.
One of the smoothest cars to watch was this '72 Corvette co-owned by Tim Coulter and Jerry Thomas. The pair got together and bought this car two weeks before this event. It has wide 17x9 Americans wrapped with 295/35 Hoosier A6 tires. The car has 800-pound springs up front and 375s in the rear. Koni double-adjustable shocks kept the bouncing to a minimum.
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