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Fontana 2008 Super Chevy Show - Flippin' Out In Fontana

Super Chevy Returns To Southern California With A Vengeance

By Mike Harrington, Photography by Mike Harrington

Lastly, we come to our third and final True Street participant, Jeff Hightower in his '66 Chevelle. Jeff ran an average time of 12.715. Speaking of True Street: What happened to the rest of California? Only three cars vs. 30 in Baton Rouge? I thought California was the mecca of hot rodding? Having grown up in California and lived here a large part of my life, I really was rooting that California Chevy owners would prove their salt.

This Chevy Sedan owned by Ricky Olivera had to be the most unusual vehicle at the whole show. The body of the vehicle looks nearly unchanged since the 1930s, and Ricky managed to stuff a 572 between the framerails. Rick told us that his father raced it back in the day and now he is campaigning. Now this is the real definition of hot rod. We gave him an Editor's Choice award.

The crowd seems to like the Chicken vs. the Mouse and is giving them the Caesar thumbs-up.

"Here I come to save the day." Mighty Mouse and a Thunder Chicken both take flight right off the launch line. Mighty Mouse vs. The Thunder Chicken...hmm...sounds like it could be a movie.

Meanwhile, back on the car show side, we spotted this magnificent '61 Impala SS. The only thing I would change on this car is the name on the title!

Marcellino Richarte had this super clean and beautiful Fathom Green '69 Camaro. How come nobody paints their Camaros this color? Marcellino did, and that is why we gave him an Editor's Choice award.

Ron Hawk had a beautiful '57 Chevy drag car. It looked like a stock Bel Air, minus the wheels and tires, so we just had to give him an Editor's Choice award.

Another that received an award was this historic '57 Chevy owned by Mark Protheno. This vehicle ran at Lions Drag Strip, Pomona and other legendary California tracks, as well as running out on the Bonneville Salt Flats and El Mirage back in the 1960s. He's got all the timing tags and timeslips to prove it, too.

EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP 10 DRAG RACE
NAME HOMETOWN CAR
Ron Hawk Lebec, CA '57 Bel Air
Jim DeLorenzo Riverside, CA '69 Nova
Dennis Jauregui Imperial Beach, CA '55 Bel Air
Jim Basset California '69 Camaro
Sam Robinson III Ontario, CA '57 Pickup
Ricky Olivera Cypress, CA '32 Chevy
William Roebuck Gardena, CA '67 Nova
Doug Watt San Juan Capistrano, CA '69 Nova
Jeff Hightower Covina, CA '66 Chevelle
Diane Graham Lake View Terrace, CA '71 Nova

ProCharger Bracket 1 BrawlWinner Doug Crumlich

JEGS Bracket 2 BattleWinner CW Hoeffer

NitroPlate DOT Street FightWinner Mike Nordahl

By Mike Harrington
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