The Super Chevy Show hadn't dropped anchor at Rockingham Dragway since 2001, a 10-year gap that left many a Bow Tie nut going into withdrawal. The term "triumphant return" might be overly dramatic, but truth be told the first day of the show on Saturday told myself and freelancer Rod Short that the SC Show series had definitely been missed at The Rock.
The Dragway was first opened in 1970 and has been in continuous operation for over 40 years. Current track owner Steve Earwood purchased the facility in '92 and has been working the whole time to improve the venue so it can stay on par with other dragstrips.
The weekend began with a cruise from RK Motors' impressive Charlotte showroom to Rockingham. RK Motors goes beyond being a toy store for car guys. It's more like a palace of automotive dreams and desires. Even if you don't have the wallet to afford one of the cars on the showroom floor, just walking through the showroom gives you some idea what it must've been like to work at a dealership during the muscle car era. RK's Jamie Wiehe was nice enough to show the cruise group around before it was time to hit the road for the show. For more on RK Motors, check out its website www.rkmotorscharlotte.com.
Arriving at the track, it was great to see the show car area filled fence to fence with great Chevys. Choosing participants for our AMSOIL Best of the Best voting was easy because we had so many cars, but equally tough with so many great and worthy cars to choose from. On the racer side, the pits were full of great cars ready to light up the quarter-mile.
Before Joe DeTullio got ahold of this '66 Biscayne, it was just an Aztec Bronze six-cylinder grocery-getter still with its original owners. Having always wanted a '66 427 Biscayne, Joe took it and added the correct vintage parts to make a clone of the fullsize bruiser. Even with its sedate exterior, the car still looked ready to eat the lunch of any Ford or Mopar that got too close.