Through the long history of the Super Chevy Show series, the Maple Grove event has always been one of the biggest. This year's extravaganza was no exception, with 345 show cars and over 800 racer tech cards sold for the weekend.
Track general manager Lex Dudas and the crew at Maple Grove Raceway kept everything running smoothly. The action was pretty much non-stop on the track side, while the Super Chevy Show staff were sorting through row after row of great Bow Tie iron on the car show side.
One of the highlights this year was an appearance by drag racing legend and Pennsylvania native Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins. Grumpy was on hand to sign autographs and even hand out his own Top 10 show car awards. Imagine the honor of having your car singled out by "Da Grump" for a trophy. In addition, the True Street racing class was back out in force and there was an absolutely killer Stock/Super Stock combo race.
While not an SS or RS, Mike Yannessa's plain white wrapper '67 has a few unique things abo
When built new at Norwood, the 210-horse 327 car ended up with a Posi-equipped Z/28 12-bol
Rose Long brought out this cool '68 Yenko Camaro clone for the show. While the '69 Yenkos
In the Tri-Five section, there were bunches of eye-catching cars, including Richard Kauffm
An original dual-quad-equipped 270hp 283 ride, this '57 was the muscle car of its day.
Over in the swap meet there were bargains galore. Even though it was a little worse for we
Back over in the swap meet, we spotted this 409 short-block for sale. With W-motors the "n
Old race cars seem to be coming out of the woodwork in droves these days.
An old AHRA/NHRA veteran of the '60s and '70s, the "RPM Special" was built by engine build
The True Street gang lined up at first call for the required road cruise to make sure we'r
The appearance by drag racing legend and engine builder and tuner Bill Jenkins was a highl
A few didn't make it through the whole road cruise for True Street, but we still ended up
We're not sure if Rick Fox's '57 is a tribute or was inspired by our Goodmark Camaro, but
You don't see a turbocharged '67 four-door Chevelle everyday. This one ran a mid-9 on its
Pro Mod driver Steve Cossis had some trouble just after he left the line, when his steerin
In the Pro Mod turbo class, Jim Barker drove his '99 Monte to the event victory after Dana
Byron Worner (near lane) mowed down an incredibly competitive field to win the East Coast
Revell Make 'N Take Model Building
This year's show had a special bonus for the younger attendees. Sponsored by model maker Revell and hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Model Car Club, the Make 'N Take allowed children to build their own super Chevy that they could take home for free. The kits were '57 Chevys from Revell's popular Snap Tite line, with no glue or paint required for full assembly.
Rick Haas, Revell's marketing director had this to say, "We are excited to be sponsoring Make 'N Take with the Super Chevy organization. Many of our most popular model kits are Chevrolet products. All of our model kits are designed with exacting detail and authenticity to scale. Car and model enthusiasts value this attention to accuracy. The kids will build a car at the event and later visit a local Revell retailer to purchase another model. This makes kids aware of the model building hobby."
Rick added, "The baby boomer generation built plastic models during the boom years in the '60s. They are grandparents now and are looking for activities to do with the grandkids. I can speak for myself as it is much easier for me to show my grandson to build a model than for my grandson to show me how to play level 15 of a video game."
The Make 'N Take event was held both Saturday and Sunday, with parents helping their kids build a unique take home souvenir to remember this year's Maple Grove show. - Patrick Hill
CAR SHOW AWARDS
EDITORS CHOICE TOP 10 AWARDS: CAR SHOW
1. Brian Wilde - Huntington, MD - '56 210 Sedan
2. Russ Fontaine - Litchfield, NH - '64 Chevelle Malibu
3. Dave Lehr - Pine Grove, PA - '56 Gasser (D/Gas)
4. Christian Jones - Aberdean, MD - '65 Malibu Pro Street
5. George and Linda Keel - Spotsylvania, VA - '34 Chevy
6. Scott Chalk - Pasadena, MD - '59 Impala Convertible
7. Aaron Presten - Telford, PA - '65 Nova Pro Street
8. Rose Long - Hagerstown, MD - '68 Yenko Tribute
9. Mike and Kelly Yannessa - Olney, PA - '67 Camaro
10. Dick Kauffman - Mountville, PA - '57 210 Del Ray
The Featherlite Transport Award: The Lipperts - Green, KS - '66 Nova
ISCA Award: Arnold Warner - Culpeper, VA - '39 Chevy Convertible
Trick Stick Award: Chris Young - Reading, PA - '67 Nova
Young Star Award: Zak Stevens - Highland, MD - '70 Chevelle
BILL "GRUMPY" JENKINS TOP 10: CAR SHOW
1. Scott Chalk - Pasadena, MD - '59 Impala Convertible P.I.
2. Keith Adelsberg - Finksburg, MD - '67 Bel Air
3. Zak Stevens - Highland, MD - '70 Chevelle
4. Rob Kain - Palmyra, PA - '65 Malibu
5. DM Spalding - Cream Ridge, NJ - '63 Corvette
6. Charlie Potts - Reading, PA - '55 Chevy 210
7. Jim and Judy Lippert - Green, KS - '66 Nova
8. Dick Kauffman - Mountville, PA - '57 210 Del Ray
9. Rose Long - Hagerstown, MD - '68 Yenko Tribute
10. John and Lyn Mylle - Wicky Watchie, FL - '69 RS Camaro
DRAG RACE RESULTS
William Ahlas, '62 Nova, 0.072 reaction
time, 8.947 seconds, 153.58 mph, def. Walter Adams, '67 Nova, 0.079, 9.420, 143.08.
Steve Dooley, '72 Nova, 0.017, 10.989, 96.16, def. Lou Vasger, '96 S&W dragster, foul -0.004, 7.752, 172.08.
Dan Peters, '70 Chevelle, 0.032, 12.367, 108.92, def. Kurt Holland, '79 Camaro, 0.048, 11.333, 115.07.
Joe Albrecht, '71 Nova, 0.028, 10.405, 120.01, def. Kevin Mendenhall, 0.038, 10.497, 126.60.
Ron Riegel, '67 Camaro, 0.038, 7.287, 186.85, def. John
Jennings, 0.062, 11.737, 113.09.
East Coast Stock/Super Stock Shootout
Byron Worner, '90 Camaro, 0.042, 10.251, 121.50, def. Larry Jewell, '67 Corvette, 0.060, 9.731, 137.43.