20th Anniversary Mid-Atlantic Chevelle Show

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By 6:15 P.M. cars started lining up for the cruise over to the Cecil County Dragway.  The MCC was invited by the National Street Car Association (NSCA) to join them for the final qualification rounds.  Anyone who wanted to take their car down the track could do so for a small $10 fee (and tech inspection). Roughly 45 show participants made the trek to the track and the normal entree fee was waived.  That’s right, we got in for nothing!  Sweet!

Bob Wilcox, Tom Rightler, Tom Morris (above), Dave Hambleton, Rick May, and Wayne Spangler (below) were brave enough to take the challenge.

The crowd cheered as each Chevelle made their way to the staging lane and put the pedal to the metal down the 1/4 mile track. Check out the air under that left front tire of Tom Morris’ ‘67 SS!  Thanks to MCC Member Bob Wilcox for setting this up!  The track closed at 8 P.M. and it wasn’t long before everyone cleared out.  The fun did not stop there!  For those that wanted to participate, it was back to the North East Community Park for MOVIE NIGHT, featuring “CARS”.  A 20’x25’ blow up screen was provided by M&M Entertainment, along with one sweet sound system and popcorn!  Some sat in their cars like a drive-in, others on lawn chairs or blankets.  By 11 P.M. it was getting chilly, but the movie was just about over.  Go figure, cold weather in June!  After the movie it was back to the hotel.. and yes time for MORE bench racing!  Whew... What a day!

What seemed to be just only a few hours, the alarm clock was going off again... Ahhhh!  A shower, little breakfast and packing and off to the field for the final day.  In-Pictures was at the show entrance Sunday morning taking pictures of each car as they entered the show field.  Participants could purchase a very nice wall plaque featuring their car, along with the show information, for a reasonable price.  It wasn’t long before we were full swing once again!

Chuck Hanson was first at bat with the seminar on Sunday with “How to Photograph Your Chevelle”.  Chucks seminars are always well attended and this years was no different.  Chuck went over the details on taking a good picture vs. one’s that just don’t work.  Many walked away with some good information and just may take much better pictures in the future!

Carl DelGallo did another “impromptu” seminar on “How to Detail Your Chevelle” using President Donnie Gates’ ‘67 Chevelle. You had to put on the shades to look at the car as you were just about blinded by the shine!

As promised, the Sunday Ceremony was kicked off at 3:30 P.M. The MCC Officers were introduced, sponsors acknowledged, as well as, the Rat Pack, Ohio Chevelles and the Garden State Chevelle Club.  MCC President Donnie Gates announced a new record of 202 cars for this years show!  What a great achievement!  Over 90 trophies were then given away including 15 “Special” awards.  Chuck Hanson was called up to present the “Best of Show”, which was awarded to Dave and Sue Hambleton of Morrisonville, New York.  They also took 1st place in their class!  Congratulations Guys!  That’s one sweet ‘72!

Finally it was time to give away the grand prize ... A 383-Stroker Motor (built by Bill Koustenis from Advanced Automotive).  It actually took 3 tries to give it away!  The rule was you had to be present to win, NO exceptions and the first two tickets drawn went unanswered.  John Stonko from Brooklyn Park, MD had the third called winning number and stepped up to collect the prize.  John was one happy camper!

The MCC packed the equipment, cleaned the field, said goodbyes and proceeded to get ready for the trip home.  Many of the show participants stopped on their way out and congratulated the club on such a wonderful show.  As this was the 20th Anniversary show it was planned to be a big event and one of the best shows the MCC has ever done.  Based on the comments received... the mission was accomplished!

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