Like Butler, eventual Champion Kevan Moore's season began with a title at Columbus. Moore's ride is a late-model type altered, and it runs down in the 10-second zone. Pro is a class for cars running 9.00-13.99 that doesn't allow electronics. He wasn't able to post another final round showing during the season, but attended all of the events and went far enough in the elimination rounds to get the honors.
At VMP, the title in the division for the Pro category went to die-hard racing couple Laura and W.C. Glasscock. Laura used her "home-track advantage" and drove her show-quality '71 Dodge Challenger to victory over a solid field of competitors, beating Bill Bourguignon's '74 'Cuda for the event title with a 12.34 on a 12.32 dial-in.
Hemi Super Stock
One of the most popular classes at the Classic Events series is Hemi Super Stock, and this year's champion was Don Edelstein from Addison, Illinois, whose '68 Dart shows as well as it goes. Edelstein was another eventual champion who won at Columbus. He also took the crown at Norwalk, with class honors both there and at VMP to round out the season. His nearest competitor going into that final race was Kevin Krejci, whose '68 'Cuda had taken home the honors at Hamilton, Ohio.
On an aside, fellow racer Larry Rife posted a runner-up to Don at Columbus. Rife's original Hemi Barracuda was totaled over Labor Day weekend when he had a nasty top-end accident at Bobby Roger's Mopar Southern Classic in Clay City, Kentucky, and Larry ended up in the hospital with some head trauma that he's still recovering from as of this writing.
This Barracuda was a give-away...
This Barracuda was a give-away prize that the Tidewater Mopar Club spent most of the show season promoting. The car featured a nice 340/auto combination, and on Sunday, the winner was drawn.
Max Wedge Shootout
While his brother Dennis was busy winning the 2001 Best of Show trophy and prize with Joe Stentella's black four-speed Hemi Road Runner (more on that car next month; stay tuned), Allen Kohr was in hot pursuit of the crown in the Original Max Wedge Shootout division. Allen's machine is a magenta-hued '63 Dodge based out of Fredricksburg, Pennsylvania, and when the smoke cleared for the season, it came down to Kohr and veteran pilot Harley Day from Dellroy, Ohio, in a '64 Savoy. Kohr won in Kansas City and posted runner-up honors in Norwalk. However, he fell out in round one, opening the door for Day to make up lost ground. As it happened, Day went to the final before falling to Bill Krause's Dodge, but it wasn't enough to make up the difference, and Kohr took home the accolades. To his credit, Day posted a runner-up finish in Columbus as well.
The Sportsman racing division is for any car running 14.00 and up, and like Pro, is a no-electronics class. At Columbus, it was Lester Johnson who took home runner-up honors, and he would return to post a victory at VMP. Johnson's '68 Satellite is a four-door machine, but has enough motivation under the bonnet to run high-14-second passes.
However, the season title went to the man who lost to Johnson in that final, Gordon Stevens. Stevens' efforts, which included wins at Kansas City, Hamilton, and Norwalk, prior to the VMP race had given him an almost insurmountable points lead, with Johnson at his heels in Third. This very credible effort was accomplished by victories at his titles at Hamilton (which was a no-points deal due to using a buy-back in earlier rounds), Kansas City, and Norwalk. Gordon campaigns a '76 Dart Sport powered by a slant six and also won the Slant Six crown for the season as well.
The final in Sportsman at...
The final in Sportsman at VMP came down to Lester Johnson (near lane) and Gordon Stevens. Johnson won the battle, but Stevens won the war, taking home the crown for the year.
Swap meet treasures included...
Swap meet treasures included this selection of intakes (note the rare Edelbrock STR-14 Six Pack manifold, formerly the "big deal" in '70s-era Super Stock racing) and this automatic A-Body console with factory-mounted tachometer. Both sold before the end of the weekend.