DRAGSTERS ADDRESS OUR INHERENT ‘NEED FOR SPEED’
Racing, Car Show Judging Also Part of The Rock’s Super Chevy Show
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – The need for speed is inherent within a great
many of us, certainly within those participating this week in the
racing portion of Rockingham Dragway’s annual Super Chevy Show
presented by Richmond County Tourism.
The event includes a bow tie-themed car and truck show awarding
gold cups to entries deemed “exceptional” while also presenting 25
class winner awards, 25 “outstanding” awards, 12 specialty awards
and 13 “best in category” awards including the highly-prized “Best
of Show” designation.
There’s a car corral, a swap meet and a manufacturers’ midway plus
a host of specialty food and souvenir vendors, but most of those
who pay the $25 admission will be there to experience the surreal
sight, sound and speed of the Larsen Motorsports jet dragsters.
The jets will race Saturday only at 12 noon and 3 p.m.
There will be racing on both Saturday and Sunday in Top ET,
Footbrake and Trophy classes and there will be Saturday qualifying
for a Sunday race in the DOT class but nothing in traditional drag
racing, not even a Top Fuel dragster, can prepare a neophyte for
the jet car experience.
Think about it. Who in his right mind would look at something like
an F4 Phantom jet fighter and think, “man, I bet if we cut the
wings off this thing and got rid of some of the dead weight,
this’d make one helluva race car.”
Well, a guy named Art Arfons had that thought back in the fifties
when he created the first in a long series of “Green Monster” jet
dragsters that pursued land speed records on the Utah salt flats
and purse money racing against Top Fuel dragsters on the American
Hot Rod Association and International Hot Rod Association
As for the two 300 mile per hour hybrids that headline Super
Chevy, they represent the very latest in jet car technology.
“The Dominator” is driven by Marine Corps veteran Dewayne Hill,
whose day job is working for NASA at Cape Canaveral, just up the
road from the team’s headquarters in Palm Bay, Fla. The Florida
Tech dragster is driven by Elaine Larsen, who owns the distinction
of being the only jet dragster world champion the sport has ever
Co-owner of Larsen Motorsports with husband Chris, the 54-year-old
native of Michigan won the IHRA Jet Dragster championship in 2014
and 2015, the last two years the IHRA ran a professional racing
series and the only time a sanction has raced jets in stand-alone
Originally created as a racing team, Larsen Motorsports in the
last 10 years has become so much more. Housed in a 30,000 square
foot complex in the heart of Florida’s space corridor, it has
evolved into a high-performance vehicle development and research
center with ties to major players in the aircraft and aerospace
Significantly, 80 percent of the company’s employees are high
school and college students involved in various STEM programs who
spend all their free time making sure that every ride made by
Larsen and Hill is both swift and safe.
Saturday-Sunday combo tickets for the Super Chevy Show are $40 for
adults, $10 for kids 6-12. Kids under six are free with a ticketed
adult and, as always, parking is free in Rockingham’s main lot.
Discounts are available for tickets purchased online at
www.thefoat.com or www.rockinghamdragway.com.
SUPER CHEVY SHOW
CAR SHOW CLASSES
Extensively done Show Vehicles. Three Gold Cups awarded. Entry
into Gold Class by invitation of judging staff.
Conservative Category – includes vehicles that appear to be
factory stock with bolt on aftermarket or dealer installed parts.
The body may have bolt on spoilers, ground effects, fiberglass
parts,etc. Any molding of these items moves entry into the
Modified Class. Paint may be of any color from any OEM
manufacturer. Aftermarket candy, pearl, metal flake paint entries
will be moved to Modified Class. Painted pinstripes, and taped
pinstripes or decals and vinyl graphics allowed. Any molding of
any type (including firewall, inner fenders, panels, etc) will
move entry into Modified Class. Minor interior changes allowed
(seat inserts, minor truck or truck bed modifications , and bolt
in seats will stock type interior. No custom interiors allowed.
The following will automatically put your vehicle in the Modified
Class; bodywork that involves redesign of the original body lines,
including but not limited to nosing, chopping, channeling,
sectioning, changing radius of wheel wells, molding , tunneling,
etc. Paint is of custom design such as painted graphics, shading,
blending, candy, pearl, neon, or murals. Engine relocation and/or
custom fabricated engine mounts and/or a different Chevrolet
engine than was available with any given entry (for example – big
block in ’57 Chevy) and/or a smoothed out engine block. Any
aftermarket, non stock OEM, multiple car set-ups, tunnel rams,
blowers, trubo chargers and/or late model tuned port type fuel
injection on any other era vehicle. Interiors that are of a custom
design that consist of changes to three or more of the following:
seats, door panels, dash modifications, flooring, headliner,
trunk, or truck bed area.
Top 4 Editors Choice
Outstanding Stock/Street Conservative Class
Car Club Award
(Car club with most participants)
Best in Category
Best Big Car
Best Early Chevrolet/Rod
Best Pro Street/Pro Engineered
Best El Camino
Best Monte Carlo
Best of Show
Class Winner Plaque – 1 per class
Outstanding Class Awards – 1 per class
(includes Impala, Biscayne, and Caprice
1968 & Newer
All El Caminos
1900 – Current
Class includes all non-Chevrolet bodied vehicles with Chevrolet
power and all Chevrolet bodied vehicles with non-Chevrolet power.
1900 – 1948
Chevrolet bodies and powered cars and trucks.
All Chevrolets and GM products not included in a specific category
– through current model year.
1967 - 1969
1982 – 1992
1993 – 2002
2010 & Newer
1953 – 1967
1968 – 1996
1997 – 2004
2005 & Newer
All Monte Carlos
1955 – 1957
1962 – 1967
1968 - & Newer
All unfinished appearing vehicles – awarded in Conversion or Early
All low rider vehicles – awarded in Big Car Class.
Pro Street/Pro Engineered
All Chevrolet vehicles with 75% of an original frame or altered
original frame (including rear end narrowed), having a physically
narrowed rear end wheel tubs or factory. OR All Chevrolet vehicles
which have a complete tube chassis, from radiator to rear bumper
(round or square). Must have a physically narrowed rear end and
wheel tubs. All tube chassis drag cars and off road will compete
in this class.
Pick Up Truck
1949 – 1972 ALL
1973 – 1987 ALL
1988 & Newer ALL