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Bristol Super Chevy Show - Blue Ridge Beat Down

Forget The Roundyround Stuff, It's Straightline Time At Super Chevy Bristol.

By Mike Harrington, Photography by Mike Harrington

Bow Tie Ironclads Massed In
Thunder Valley in September, shaking the very foundation of the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains. Iron and aluminum blocks struggled to contain the apocalyptic fire-breathing horses packed within their metal cylinders. The fuse was lit, and, once ignited, these American ironclads battled their way down the freshly cured blacktop of Thunder Valley Raceway. One pilot stated his vehicle has never experienced better launching conditions.

When it's Super Chevy time, spectator, racer and show attendee all agree that September in Bristol is the place to be. On Saturday and Sunday legions of finely calibrated Chevrolets gathered as if the Judgment Day bugle had sounded. And in a sense it was a day of judgment. Spit-and-shine show cars of all GM makes and models rolled into the display area, all the while being judged by peer and show officials alike. The quality vehicles that show up in Bristol have always been impressive to the Bow Tie eye of this editor. What do they put in the Appalachian water out here? Why are the cars so cool in Bristol? Why do zebras have stripes? Who knows. Nonetheless, this was a fantastic event.

By Mike Harrington
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