Super Chevy at IRP '98
I talked my dad into
making the trek to Super Chevy this year. The weather on Saturday
was nice and we both managed to get the obligatory sunburn.
This is a guy from my hometown.
He's been on the Hot Rod Power Tour the last two years. This car
was on the cover of last year's issue that covered the tour.
This guy had order forms
for these cars from his custom shop. It's based on Thom Taylor sketches
and a Revell model.
This one is for Dad, since
I always tell him that his minivan isn't cool. When we first saw
this one, the owner had just arrived and didn't have the hood open.
Dad looked inside and figured it must have the original six cylinder since
the center console hadn't been changed. WRONG! This thing had
a big block with a Dominator sunk way down in the frame. I still
wouldn't consider it cool, but I saw Dad staring intently as his own minivan
when we got home.
This kind of goes along with
the minivan. I thought it was neat since I used to be an engineer
for a local school bus manufacturer. It had a blown big block and
ran 13.50's in the quarter on the rear wheels. It has hinged panels
on the top that flip open when he gets it up to keep it from achieving
This car was drop-dead gorgeous,
but we never saw it make a pass. It looked like it should have been
on the other side of the strip with the show cars instead of in the pits
with the real cars.
Not too many Corvairs in
the lanes. This car kind of stood out. It was really done well
and ran high 9's in the quarter.
This thing screamed sitting
Everything on the front of
the car was airbrushed. You couldn't tell until you got close.
One of the Outlaw Street
series cars. He blew a huge fireball out from under the car on the
big end, got sideways, popped the chute, straightened it up, and became
a member of the brown underwear club. I would have called it a day right
there. I found out later that the guy driving was Tex Cooper and
he is 76 years old. One of my buddies saw him a couple of years ago
in his old yellow and white '55. He said that he blew the insides
out of a set of Flowmasters at half track. What a showman!
One of the SC Nitro Coupe
entries that was running in the 6.60's.
Extremely sharp. Adequate
power, I must say.
These two Willys were parked
next to each other. While we were studying them, Dad said he was
pretty sure the designer of this body style must have had drag racing in
mind when he put ink on paper.
This was the coolest thing
we saw all day. I had Dad hyped for this run because of Rob Walden's
scaled '62 Bubbletop Outlaw Street car. I knew the car could scream.
Unfortunately, Rob lost traction off the line. To our great surprise,
the '48 Panel (owned by Steve Rennick) in the other lane ran a 7.65 at
170+. It takes some serious power to shove a brick like that through