Up and at 'em! Danny Johnson had the only '57 that we saw on track on Sunday. When we gave
Say, what happened to all the Ohio gassers? While roaming the grounds at the legendary National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio, for the 2007 Super Chevy Show, we noticed an absence of some of the vehicles that made Ohio famous in the 1960s. While this genre is becoming popular for street machines, we saw not a one on our recent trip. Oh well, maybe next time.
Rains on Saturday kicked the rods out of that day's program, but Sunday was a whole different day, however, as racers and spectators aplenty showed up to participate in the horsepower hijinks at the quarter-mile track. And they were not disappointed. Tony "The Sandman" Williams, who took the Memphis Super Chevy Nitro Coupe crown, also took the gold this weekend. With a reaction time of .035 and an e.t. of 6.520 at 218.94 mph, the Rum Boogie Cafe Camaro is kicking some asphalt and taking some names.
In Bracket 1, Bill Webb was top eliminator in his dragster and won it with a final run of 7.972 at 138.39 mph (on a 7.75 dial-in). Mike Rehl took the Bracket 2 trophy home and he also came in second place in our inaugural Super Chevy/Tremec True Street competition with his '85 Monte Carlo. Interestingly enough, Mike turned down the chance to be featured in Popular Hot Rodding magazine because he couldn't stop competing. In Mike's own words: "Being in a magazine would be nice, but I came here to race." We love that attitude, Mr. Rehl! Put that in your pipe and smoke it, PHR! Oh yeah, we forgot to mention that in the DOT bare-knuckle brawl, Brendan Elam took the trophy home in his Bow Tie-powered Firebird.
Mike Rehl also launched his Monte Carlo towards the heavens.
Stop the presses! Here's a vehicle we don't see too often. Mike Conner proudly shows us hi
Here's that Rum Boogie Cafe Nitro coupe in action with the Sandman behind the wheel.
When we gave Tim Boggs a drag race award, he told us about his unusual tattoo.
Now that's a hardcore racer!
fter the rain stopped, towels, squeegees and elbows were put to work cleaning what Mother
Dave Archer and Larry Albrecht were just a couple of young bucks back in the '60s when the
And then came the rain. Larry DeForrest took cover in our golf cart, while his son ran for
We're starting to see more and more late second-gen Camaros that are built to the hilt, li
Let's try turning lemons into lemonade here.
After the rains there was some nice beachfront property at the show.
Hubba, hubba: Take shelter from the rain with the smokeless tobacco girls.
"Loneliness and Alcohol." Tim Jenkins keeps his '59 Vette under the influence between race
There was everything beautiful about Tim's car so we had to give him an award.
Or you can hide under your car, but it's kind of tough to fit under the Nova. These racers
High in the sky from the Super Chevy blimp we snapped a shot of the showgrounds on a beaut
Holy Yellow Corvettes, Batman! It would seem yellow is the preferred choice among the Vett
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Racers were stacked in lines three deep and an eighth-of-a-mile lo
|EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP|
10 DRAG AWARDS
|EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP|
10 CAR SHOW AWARDS
|Bill Moore||Wesley Crum|
|Grove City, OH||Mt. Vernon, OH|
|'72 Nova||'64 Biscayne|
|Mike Rehl||Dave Archer, Larry Albrecht|
|Newark, OH||Marietta, OH|
|'85 Monte Carlo SS||'57 Chevy|
|John Amick||Jerry Montgomery|
|Indianapolis, IN||Shelby, OH|
|'67 Chevelle||'66 Chevy II|
|Bob Wymer||Jeannine Roll|
|Pataskala, OH||Cincinnati, OH|
|'62 Bel Air||'79 Camaro|
|Danny Johnson||Jim Eskridge|
|Columbus, OH||Sissonville, WV|
|'57 Chevy||'69 Camaro|
|Andy Burns||Larry DeForrest|
|Mechanicsburg, OH||Ramsey, MN|
|'55 Nomad||'65 300 Chevelle Wagon|
|Alicia Burns||Bobby Bell Smith|
|Mechanicsburg, OH||Minford, OH|
|'91 Camaro RS||'67 Camaro|
|Tim Jenkins||Danny Smith|
|Springfield, OH||Shrewsbury, PA|
|'59 Vette||'69 Camaro|
|Tim Boggs||Fred Hoyle, Jr.|
|Fayetteville, OH||Pickerington, OH|
|'67 Nova||'92 Chevy pickup|
|Mike Conner||Tim Cornett|
|Plain City, OH||Avon, OH|
|'84 Citation X-11||'62 Bel Air|
Blast off! The inaugural running of the Super Chevy/Tremec True Street Challenge.
First-Time FunThe inaugural Super Chevy/Tremec True Street Challenge
So you think you have the fastest street-legal Chevy around? The Super Chevy Show organizers have sent out the invitation for you to come and flex your muscle. For all those trash talkers who race their mouth more than their car, it's time to put up or shut up!
National Trail Raceway provided the stage for the first-ever running of the Super Chevy/Tremec True Street Challenge. Racers converged from different locations around the country in order to compete. Mother Nature provided a couple hours of dry weather, and in that time the six brave souls who hung around began the True Street festivities by going on the 30-mile cruise through the lovely pastures of Ohio.
Upon returning to the track, the cars were lined up in the staging lanes. The track officials almost had the track dry until the sky opened up again. The remainder of the Saturday session was canceled.
Smoke Loar broke the rear in his '70 Chevelle during round one competition, leaving him di
Sunday morning was bright and sunny, a fitting backdrop to the continuation of the True Street Challenge. After each driver completed three back-to-back runs, their averages were calculated. When the tire smoke cleared, it was Phil Cooper of Urbana, Illinois, who took the crown with his tubbed-out, nitrous-breathing '66 Nova. Runner-up and lowest 10-second average went to Mike Rehl of Heath, Ohio, with his '85 Monte Carlo SS.
As an added bonus, the cars with the eight quickest averages from the True Street field compete heads-up. Since we only had six total, it was the buzzin' half-dozen. No surprise, it was Cooper and Rehl in the final. Mike's Monte didn't have enough steam to overcome Phil's 9.51 e.t. Brad Schmidt earned honorable mention in his LS1-equipped '98 Camaro. Brad was a semifinal loser, but did win the award for having the lowest 11-second average.
To alleviate any confusion, we spoke to Super Chevy Show officials and they said that you may run True Street along with the DOT Street Fight class. As long as your car fits into class rules for both and you can make your lane calls, it's alright to run two classes.
Phil Cooper had no problem cruising the streets with his True Street winning, 8-second '66
Led by Bill Roupe in his '67 Chevelle, True Streeters patiently await the 30-mile cruise t
The license plate of Mike Rehl's '85 Monte SS read "4 REHL," and he wasn't playin'. Mike t
Green means go and that's just what Brad Schmidt did in his '98 Camaro. Brad won the lowes
A special thanks to Officer Robb of the Union Township Police Dept...
...for keeping the drivers safe during the 30-mile cruise. (We'll pardon him for driving a
|Super Chevy/Tremec True Street Challenge|
|Phil Cooper||1966 Nova||10.177||10.177||10.177||10.177||Overall Winner*|
|Mike Rehl||1985 Monte Carlo SS||10.481||10.366||10.396||10.414||Runner-up and|
|Brad Schmidt||1998 Camaro||11.859||11.995||11.834||11.896||11-second winner|
|Bill Roupe||1967 Chevelle||12.841||13.013||13.123||12.992||12-second winner|
|Michael Stevens||2001 Corvette||14.588||13.413||13.483||13.828||13-second winner|
|Smoke Loar||1970 Chevelle||Brake-Disqualified|| || || || |
|* Did not have proper safety gear-only counted legal run.|