The Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance and Richmond County Tourism takes its nationwide celebration of the American Muscle Car to new extremes this week (October 19-21) in its annual return to Steve Earwood’s Rockingham Dragway.
In addition to all-things Chevrolet, from show cars to a swap meet to a vendor midway displaying all manner of bow-tie products and paraphernalia, the three-day extravaganza will feature the cars of the Extreme Outlaw Pro Modified series competing in the Beal Racing Engines Pro Mod Shootout.
Two-time former Super Chevy Series Pro Mod champion Charles Carpenter of Charlotte, driver of the world’s quickest and fastest 1955 Chevy; 1995 IHRA Pro Mod champion Tommy Mauney of the Shelby, S.C., Ed Hoover of Gilbert, S.C., winner of the first IHRA Pro Mod race ever contested; former IHRA Raiders Division Top Sportsman champion DeWayne Silance of Jacksonville; Kernersville’s Doug Winters, driver of the world’s fastest 1957 Chevy; and former NHRA Pro Mod tour regular Steve Vick of Mocksville are among the members of the bow-tie brigade expected to compete.
Among the others expected to line up for Saturday qualifying sessions at 12 noon, 2 p.m. and five p.m. will be the “Christine” Plymouth Fury of Mooresville’s Chris Cline, the supercharged 1941 Willys of Washington’s Kevin Mayer, the late model nitrous-boosted Ford Mustang of Mocksville’s Todd Howard and the supercharged 1972 Plymouth Duster of James Litton of Columbia, S.C.
“I just love those cars,” Earwood said, “and it’s been awhile since we’ve had Pro Mods of this caliber at The Rock. Anybody that’s ever seen them knows that they are the most challenging vehicles to get down a racetrack. They’re a great addition to the Super Chevy program everyone has been looking forward to since last year.”
A special 12 noon-to-7 p.m. test-and-tune for Super Chevy Show contestants will begin the program on Friday. Saturday’s pro qualifying will share center stage with GM-only Pro ET and Footbrake races and the first of two Junior Drag Racing events. Sunday, Pro ET drivers will compete for a $3,000 top prize in a DriveDuracell.com event starting at 10:30 a.m. Champions also will be crowned in Footbrake, Junior Dragster, DOT Street and Real Street.
For the Pro Mods, “last chance” qualifying will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday with single elimination finals beginning at 12:30 p.m. Show car awards will be presented on the main stage at 3 p.m.
General admission tickets for the Super Chevy Show are $20 daily or $35 for a weekend pass which includes Friday. Tickets for those 6-12 are $5 daily or $10 for the weekend, including Friday.
For more information, head over to www.rockinghamdragway.com
From its humble beginnings as a two-car garage in Santa Ana, California 30 years ago, the Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI) has always been a major player in the GM restoration parts business. Originally called “Chevelle Classics”, founder Dave Leonard began manufacturing high quality restoration parts for Chevy Chevelles. By 1993, a long list of cool GTO parts was added thus the company became OPGI. Three decades later, its modern and efficient 130,000 square foot facility in Seal Beach, CA. has over 100 employees and an ever expanding and comprehensive product line that comprises over 75,000 parts. It’s no wonder that OPGI is an industry leader for all things Chevy, Buick, Oldsmobile and PontiacA-Body platform cars.
What drove founder and current owner Dave Leonard to start OPGI in 1982 was the need to supply GM enthusiasts Chevelle and El Camino parts. It was during this “dark era” in the car hobby that the factory was discontinuing thousands of replacement parts such as exterior and interior trim parts, sheetmetal and other much-needed accessories which owners of 1964-1972 Chevelles and El Caminos would need to restore their prized rides.
Not only did the interest in and value of these classic Chevy musclecars increase, so did that of their GTO, 442 and Skylark GS cousins. Soon OPGI was offering high-quality parts for everything from 1960s and 70s GM Supercars to Monte Carlos, Rivieras, Grand Prixs and Cadillacs. For any GM enthusiast, this was a blessing, as it saved time hunting down parts from various companies and made OPGI their one-stop shopping destination.
The folks at OPGI are also on the look out for new products for their GM car lines and also manufacturing new GM restoration parts. Recently, they have begun manufactured several mirrors, door handles and headlight bezels for 1960s Cadillacs. With the 2012 SEMA show coming this fall, they’re in high gear restoring a 1965 Chevelle SS convertible that will take center stage in their already impressive display.
OPGI is also run by enthusiasts, and like us, they embrace the hobby and classic car culture. This is why we are proud to have them as a presenting sponsor at the upcoming Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove Raceway. They have a loyal following of customers around the country but it’s the East Coast enthusiasts that really support OPGI and therefore it makes sense for them to be an active partner this weekend’s show. So the next time you see a restored 1970 Chevelle SS454, know that it probably has parts from OPGI on it.
The late Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins was not only a master engine builder and drag racing legend, but he also helped build the Chevrolet brand as one to beat in motorsports.
Jenkins, who died in March at 81, was scheduled to take part in this year’s Super Chevy Show on July 20-22 at Maple Grove Raceway as a special car show judge. He was going to pick his top 25 picks from the hundreds of entries.
However, his spirit will be present through the weekend. A special “Jenkins Competition” award will be presented after time trials Saturday, July 21, to the door/body car that has the lowest elapsed time during the second round of time trials.
And at the car show Jenkins Competition will be represented by company general manager Jake Barbato, and former NHRA world champion Larry Lombardo who drove for Jenkins in the 70s. The two will make the top 25 picks on Saturday.
The Super Chevy Show gets underway on Friday, July 20 with a 7 a.m. opening and time trials from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gates open Saturday at 7 a.m. with racing beginning at 8:30 and the car show going through the day until awards are presented at 3:30 p.m. Feature shows, with jet cars are at 1 and 4 p.m.
Sunday’s gates open at 8 a.m. with racing continuing at 9:30 and feature shows at 1, 2:30 and 4:30. Car show awards are at 4 p.m.
For more information, call Maple Grove Raceway at (610) 856-9210 or visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.