This year's Maple Grove event was one surprise after another. The first was the weather. Usually July in Mohnton is like a steam cooker, but this year the temps were in the 70s most of the weekend. The second was the overwhelming turnout in the Camaro class, making show award picks even more difficult in one of the most popular classes in the series. The third was the turnout of over a dozen rare factory muscle cars of various types, including three '67 Z/28s.
AMSOIL Best of the Best, presented by Danchuk and Classic Muscle, was in full swing, and the number of stunning show vehicles made our editor's job of picking the five best in each category nearly impossible. Also, the Revell Make N Take drew kids and adults alike to the show tent for some model building fun.
On the strip, over 700 racers were blasting down the quarter-mile vying for drag supremacy, while our True Street contestants were showing that fast and streetable aren't mutually exclusive traits--Glenn Hunter's blown '56 ran a string of mid 8s after a 30-mile cruise.
Glenn Hunter Jr.; East Northport, NY; '56 Belair
Runner-up: William Moss; Southampton, PA; '71 Gremlin
10.0: Mark Barese; Scotch Plains, NJ; '80 Malibu
11.0: Luke Boltz; Whitehall, PA; '64 Nova
12.0: Doug Kelly; South Bellmore, NY; '00 Camaro
13.0: Robert Darrah; Glassboro, NJ; '99 Corvette
Fifth-Gen Camaro Shootout
John Sims - Narvon, PA; '10 Camaro SS - 11.62 E/T at 121.63 mph
* Due to a crash in the final round or Pro Mod, final rounds for other classes were scrubbed, and the purse split between the remaining racers in each class
Editor's Choice Top 10 Show Car Awards
Steve Leung - Hebron, ME - '65 Biscayne 409
C.K. Collins - Hauppage, NY - '70 Monte Carlo
Gordon Degler - Birdsboro, PA - '58 Impala
Jim Schultz - Swedesboro, NJ - '68 Impala
George Senior - Deer Park, NY - '55 Sedan
Don Bragg - Philadelphia, PA - '56 150 Sedan
Joe Lovat - Smock, PA - '67 Chevelle
Gary Korzan - Beacon Falls, CT - '70 Chevelle
Joe Bueno; Fleetwood, PA - '67 Z/28
Ron Forry; Manheim, PA - '67 Camaro
Editor's Choice Top 10 Drag Car Awards
Richie Bianco - Flemington, NJ - '63 Nova
Jim Chenoweth - White Hall, MD - '66 Chevelle
Dale & David Gerhart - Reinholds, PA - '38 Chevy Sport Sedan
Richard Fox - King of Prussia, PA - '57 Chevy Bel Air
Frank Jenkins - Frostburg, MD - '57 Corvette
Harold Caron - Central Islip, NY - '88 Camaro
Gary Conte - Linfield, PA - '55 Chevy
Louie Filippides - Amityville, NY - '10 Camaro
Jason Razler; Philadelphia, PA - '67 Impala
Robert O'Neill - South Farmingdale, NY - '64 Impala
Here are the Maple Grove, Pennsylvania, winners from the amsoil best of the best competition, presented by danchuk and classic muscle:
Tri-Five – Daniel Swisher – '57 Bel Air
Camaro – Kerry Baker – '79 Z/28
Chevelle– Albert Galdi – '69 COPO 427
Nova – Brian Lutz – '69 Pro Street
Fullsize, '58-up – Scott Chalk – '59 Impala Convertible F.I.
The AMSOIL Best of the Best voting begins the Monday after each Super Chevy Show and lasts through the following Monday at midnight. Keep your browser aimed at superchevy.com to vote for next batch of classic Bow Ties.