Set in the rolling farmland in the Appalachian Mountains in Mohnton, Pennsylvania, Maple Grove Raceway proved that hot rodding is alive and well in the northeast, with not an empty seat in the stands, nor grassy knoll left uncovered. The drag strip side of the track could barely hold in all the competitors, which numbered well over 600 entries and guzzled gallons and gallons of high octane go-go juice. Eliminations continued deep into Sunday as the sun started to set and the show cars piled out for the trek home.
Quite an array of beautiful show machines crossed the judges' path, with an emphasis on Pro Street beauties and rare muscle. Our recent cover bearer, Denny Durbin, displayed his high-horsepower, supercharged Nova. So did his brother, who brought his bumper-draggin', Pro Street, first-generation Camaro.
Also gracing the grasslands was a pair of ultra-rare 1967 Camaro Z/28s. It is unusual to see one of the 602 original Z cars at one location, let alone two. Complete with the correct 290-horsepower 302 cubic-inch small-blocks designed specifically by Chevy for squashing the Mustang in the SCCA Trans-Am series in the late '60s, each of the two in attendance was documented. Both had folding rear seats and the red one had a front bench seat, 8-track player and 4.56 gears-from the factory.
Tremec True Street was an absolute blood bath, with 28 competitors cocked, locked, and ready to rock. The tour began out the rear gate of Maple Grove Raceway, past the once-legendary/now dry and filled-in swimming pool that catered to many a drunken encounter through the years. They continued some 20-plus miles through Morgantown and back again without a single hitch. As per the request of most competitors, they made haste through the hills in an attempt to keep off the high-stall converters. In the end, perennial butt-kicker and December 2006 feature car owner Marc Schwankweiler once again proved the worth of his blue '66 Chevy deuce. He rattled off a 9.174, 8.698, and 8.611, good enough for a class average of 8.83-seconds and $200 prize in Tremec True Street.
|TREMEC TRUE STREET WINNERS |
|OVERALL WINNER |
|Marc Schwankweiler ||1966 Chevy II ||8.83-Second Avg. |
|William Ahlas ||1962 Nova ||10.24-Second Avg. |
|10-SECOND WINNER |
|George Martinelli ||1932 Coupe ||10.39-Second Avg. |
|11-SECOND WINNER |
|Tommy Rollins ||1970 Nova ||11.80-Second Avg. |
|12-SECOND WINNER |
|Stew Hill ||1957 Chevy ||12.05-Second Avg. |
|13-SECOND WINNER |
|Brett Delong ||1984 Camaro ||13.14-Second Avg. |
Bracket 2 was full of heavy hitters deadly on the tree and quick out of the gate, like thi
This primed three-window pickup was turbo-diesel powered and blasted low 11-second passes
NHRA Super Stock record holder Brian Oakes put on the gun show, dragging the bumper on pas
The sun was high in the sky all weekend, perfect for the 28 Tremec True Street competitors
This stunning 1966 Corvette is owned by Don Wagner from Milton, Delaware, and it received
This dude is proud of his Tri-Five and Super Chevy shirt he has owned for over a decade.
The "Bad News" Sedan Delivery is owned by Mike Tracy of Tamaqua, Pa.
Philip Judd of Bangor, Pennsylvania, took home an Editor's Choice Top 10 Drag Race award i
Stew Hill won the 12-second bracket in Tremec True Street in his 1957 Chevy.
|EDITOR’S CHOICE TOP 10 DRAG RACE |
|Frank Romano ||Long Island, NY ||1955 Chevy |
|Marc Schwankweiler ||Douglasville, PA ||1966 Nova |
|Scott Embley ||Saylorsburg, PA ||1969 Chevelle |
|Philip Judd ||Bangor, PA ||1969 Camaro Z28 |
|Eric Ott ||Douglasville, PA ||1959 Panel Truck |
|Brian Marko ||Myerstown, PA ||1966 Nova |
|Pete & Maggie Agozzino ||Aldan, PA ||1957 Bel-Air Wagon |
|Mike Boyd ||Ranson, WV ||1967 Chevelle |
|Mike Groff ||Hamburg, PA ||1973 Datsun 240Z |
|Elise Renning || Leesport, PA ||1963 Corvette |
George Martinelli won the True Street 10-second bracket in his 1932 coupe. He drove this c
Marc Schwankweiler from Douglasville, Pa., continues to impress with his high-flying Nova.
William Ahlas was second overall in his blown 1962 Nova, stringing together a 10.275, 10.2
This beautiful hide-away ragtop lit up the strip, and bathed in the car show sun all weeke
Ken "The Kid" Walsh went out early in the Aeromotive Nitro Coupe category, but set the bar
Tommy Rollins' 1970 Nova, 11-Second Tremec True Street winner.
These guys packed their rig right on the finish line and enjoyed great racing from the lei
No lack of dedication here.
Doug Winters was the runner-up in the Aeromotive Nitro Coupe category. He ended the day w
|EDITOR’S CHOICE TOP 10 SHOW CARS |
|Ronald Casadei ||Edison, NJ ||1967 Camaro Z28 |
|Michael Mahan ||Quincy, MA ||1957 Chevy 210 Sedan |
|Scott Wile ||Mountville, PA ||1987 Monte Carlo |
|Alex Recine ||North Babylon, NY ||1955 150 Gasser |
|Joe Cherry ||Newburgh, NY ||1958 Nomad |
|Richard Fontana ||Commack, NY ||1957 Chevy 210 |
|James Boyle ||Congers, NY ||1962 Impala |
|Buck Sines ||Manassas, VA ||1969 Chevelle SS |
|Nat Jenkins ||Brooklyn, NY ||1959 Bel Air |
|J.J. Piccione ||Brooklyn, NY ||1979 Camaro |
His and hers matching Corvettes. Some people have all the luck.
This pair of 1967 Z/28 Camaros represents two of the 602 made that year. Ultra-rare and st
The folks from ProCharger were at the event all weekend, displaying their wide array of fo
Bracket 1 made for some great top-end action. With the use of electronic delay boxes and t
Brett Delong won the 13-second Tremec True Street Prize, including $100 dollars plus an ar
|EVENT WINNERS |
|AEROMOTIVE NITRO COUPES |
|Tommy Gray ||2007 GTO ||ET: 4.143 MPH: 180.12 || |
|Doug Winters ||1957 Chevy ||ET: 4.223 MPH: 176.51 || |
|PROCHARGER BRACKET BRAWL |
|John Scott ||RT .014 ||ET: 7.937 ||D/I 7.91 |
|Dave Faust ||RT .025 ||ET: 8.333 ||D/I 8.31 |
|JEGS BRACKET 2 |
|Nick Lewis ||RT .039 ||ET: 9.534 ||D/I 9.53 |
|Kurt Holland ||RT .039 ||ET: 11.428 ||D/I 11.39 |
|NITROPLATE DOT STREET FIGHT |
|Elise Renninger ||RT .042 ||ET: 12.102 ||D/I 12.09 |
|Bill Lewis ||RT -.102 ||ET: 9.965 ||D/I 9.92 |
|LAST CHANCE RACE |
|Bryan Kershner ||'82 Camaro ||9.416 ||140.46 |
|Jack Neher ||'78 Malibu ||10.490 ||126.67 |