The 3rd Annual First
Generation Monte Carlo Club Meet
Atlanta Dragway in
MAY 31st to June 2, 2002
We had a great time at
the 3rd Annual FGMCC Meet!
Over 20 members were in attendance in the hot, hot sun of Commerce,
GA at the Super Chevy Show. On
Friday, when I arrived, the first members that I met were Duane and Sandy
Foster along with Rob and Patsy Peters.
The Super Chevy show area was just about empty at this time.
This was not the case on Saturday, as the show filled up and more
members started piling in.
Lets get right into the
hard luck stories! A blowout
on Marcos Martiís 1972 Monte Carlo, coincidentally in Anderson, SC the
hometown of the FGMCC, put Marcos back a few hours on the trip to GA.
Luckily he made it to an open tire store.
Marcos wasnít able to stay long, but weíre glad he was able to
make it with a smiling face despite the problem.
On Friday night when I, Kevin Wiles and my wife, Jennifer, were
about to go home for the night, we found that both sets of keys were
locked in our 1995 Monte Carlo. A
crowd of members surrounded the car trying to figure out what to do.
The Conkright family suggested calling AAA.
James Conkright went to get a pen and paper to take notes from AAA
and in the process locked his keys in the trunk of his 71 Monte!!
While James was removing his rear seat we were told by the operator that
it would take 2 hours to dispatch a locksmith.
Forget that. After
trying a slim jim for a while, a clothes hanger was used and member Craig
B. was able to hit the lock button with it.
Tragedy struck on
Saturday. We never expected
this. Jet car driver Jerry
Gannon died on Saturday after his jet car got sideways and struck the
wall, bursting into flames. His
life may have been saved if it werenít for the foaming truckís hose
falling off the speeding emergency vehicle which was on its way down the
track, with the hose whipping back and forth down the track, then as it
approached the crash site, the hose wrapped around the ambulance tire, and
snapped. Our prayers are with
Mr. Gannonís family and all those affected.
Choice Award and Longest Distance Driven went to Rob Peters of Pittsburgh,
PA. Robís 1970 Monte Carlo
only has about 36,000 original miles!
It is blue with blue interior, and it is heavily optioned with rare
options such as headlight indicators on the front fenders, windshield
washer indicators, and much more. Congratulations,
Rob. It is quite an
accomplishment when your fellow Monte Carlo owners call yours the best.
Choice and Best Original was presented to James Conkright of Kentucky.
This is the 2nd year that we have offered this award and
that James has won this award both times.
This Lime Green 1971 Monte Carlo was his grandmothers, and 15 year
old James decided to keep it all original with the restoration.
Modified and Longest Distance Trailer went to JR Kulikowski of Lititz, PA.
This Silver 1970 SS454 is extremely well done all over.
It could have easily taken each and every club award we offer, but
we try our best to spread the awards throughout the members.
A special feature on this car is that is has a real functional cowl
induction hood cut from a 70 Chevelle, with workmanship so good that
Iíll bet many Super Chevy spectators thought it was original.
Paint went to Ian Novingerís 1971 Monte Carlo, which was a beautiful
Classic Copper with no vinyl top. The
paint was very lusterous and the body looked very straight.
Ian said he was looking forward to showing the painter that award!
Ian also received a Super Chevy Award for 1st place in the '71 and up
Street Class. Way to go Ian!
Interior went to Craig Baughman. This
was a 70 which had the Jade Green Interior and power features.
This interior was very nice all over, under, and in between.
Great job, Craig!
Engine was presented to Duane Foster of Georgia.
This bright red 70 with custom tan tweed interior had a nicely
dressed up 454, clean as can be.
This car is visually stunning. Duane received a Super Chevy
award for runner-up in the Modified class as well.
Unfinished was given to John Mannix.
This 1972 is Silver with a White Vinyl top.
It wonít take very much to get this one into show caliber
material. John loves driving his Monte Carlo to work daily! We like that.
Way to go John!
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