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2002 Super Chevy Show - The Best Of Season, The Worst Of Seasons

'02 Super Chevy Was A Roller Coaster

Nothing is more dramatic and surprising than real-life. During the Super Chevy '02 Season, life threw us some curves, but then we had some rewards, too. About a third of the way into the season at Atlanta Dragway we watched in disbelief and horror as our friend and colleague Jerry Gannon was fatally injured in the crash of his jet Funny Car. For most of us involved in each and every show, it took months and months for some healing to begin, and we're still working to understand why such things happen.

For fans and participants in the car shows and races, 2002 was a banner year. Many events had a record attendance, and the performances by the bracket racers and Nitro Coupes were amazing. In a battle that went right down to the wire, Dan Nickelson took the season Nitro Coupe Championship from defending '01 Champ Jim Nordhougen. We were treated to some phenomenal elapsed times and speeds by all of the Nitro contenders. Gary Irving brought out his beautiful '37 Chevy coupe and had it in the finals more than once, eventually doing some damage on a thrill ride in Tucson.

He'll be back, though, and the Irving team is one to watch in 2003. We'll also be looking forward to Mike Swinarski's campaign in his stunning '57 Bel Air Nitro machine, which only appeared at a few events in '02, having been completed just in time for the Montgomery, Alabama, Show. That car was well dialed-in the first run off the trailer and can only get better.

In the show car area we were treated to the debut of the Rusty Ragtop, the Super Chevy Nova convertible built to Gold Class Standards by Ronney Kissinger of R&R Motor Sports in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. While not entered for competition, the car is an example of what it takes to build for Gold Class. Overall, the level of show cars is rising, and the quality of cars now taking class and specialty award wins has surpassed what most people have come to expect of any single-marque outdoor show. Many Gold Class cars have been, or are headed for, major indoor shows this winter and will certainly be competitive. By the way, for those who might think Pro Street cars are dead, come see the spectacular new versions turning out at each Super Chevy Show around the country.

Our famous Goodmark Chevelle was on hand at several shows and never failed to draw a crowd. For the '04 season we'll have another famous car on hand, but it's a little early to talk about that right now. Look for more details in future issues; it will be worth it.

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