While Don Campbell of Vermillon, Ohio, had begun the rebuild of a 1934 Chevy Master sedan with his son, Christopher Campbell, several years ago, Christopher died suddenly before they could finish it on June 25, 2007.
Understandably, the car was relegated to the back of the barn before finally being driven in as-in condition while Don and his wife, Viki, grieved, but one day in 2013, Viki urged her husband to finish it, as she was sure it’s what their son would have wanted.
With help from family friend Jeff VanWave, Don completely customized the car, painted it, built a small-block Chevy for it and made plans to show it in memory of their son at the Blue Suede Cruise sponsored by AkzoNobel this weekend, July 14-16 at Summit Motorsports Park.
With music of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s playing in the background, drivers will shine, show and go in their 1972 and earlier street rods as part of the 16th Annual Blue Suede Cruise sponsored by AkzoNobel, Friday through Sunday, July 14-16, 2017 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
The event with a Sweet 16 theme in honor of its sixteenth year in existence will boast a manufacturers’ midway with products from Summit Racing Equipment, Trick Flow Specialties, AkzoNobel, Muscle Products and other companies, as well as seminars, a vintage fashion show and Women’s World shopping.
In addition, Nostalgia Drag Racing League’s Pro 7.00, Pro 7.50, Pro Comp and Pro Gas categories, as well as Hot Rod Eliminator and a Gasser Magazine Gasser Appreciation Race, will be in the spotlight.
They’ll fly the blue oval in Fast Ford, Quick Ford, Street Ford and Nostalgia Ford categories for a combined purse of $23,600.
Then, the winner in each category on Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, will run off to try to replace reigning King Ford, Brian Foecking, and receive a prize package valued at more than $3,000 and including a Trick Flow Specialties gift certificate, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels slicks, Lincoln Electric welder, reserved pit space and free entry for next year’s event.
Also in the spotlight will be Box and No Box Shootouts, True Street, Gallop for the Gold, Frantic Four, Quick 16, a car show and a Y-Block Shootout, which will be contested on Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9 and features $3,000 in purse and prizes.
A new addition to this year’s event is the Titus Performance Cleveland Shootout, which is open to competitors in all categories who run a Cleveland engine built around a Cleveland block and will take place during time-trials on Saturday, July 8. The driver with the quickest elapsed-time will be rewarded with $300 and a trophy from Titus Performance, while the second place finisher will receive $200 and a trophy and the third place finisher will receive $100 and a trophy.
“This is a very fun race,” said A.J. Buchanan of Vickey, Ohio, who drove to the win in Quick Ford at last year’s event in his 1991 Mustang powered by a big-block Ford topped with Trick Flow Specialties heads and intake. “But my expectations for myself are high going into the weekend, because I’d really like to win the King Ford runoff. That’s my goal.”
Adding to all of the action will be a swap meet, manufacturers’ midway and the Trick Flow Specialties King Ford Feast, which will recognize reigning King Ford, Brian Foecking, and his accomplishments.
Gates open at 8 a.m. Friday, July 7 and 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, and time-trials begin 10 a.m. Friday, July 7 and 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9. Summit Motorsports Park is at 1300 State Route 18, Norwalk, Ohio. Admission for adults is $15 for one day; $25 for Saturday and Sunday or $35 for Friday-Sunday. Admission for children ages 6-12 is $5 daily. For cost to race or show car and additional information, visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com or call 419-668-5555.
When the Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags sponsored by Dodge rolls into town June 30-July 1, 2017 at Summit Motorsports Park, the spotlight will be on classic cars and the speculation will be on whether or when they’ll break down.
Hilarity happens when David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan – hosts of “Roadkill,” an automotive Internet show produced by Motor Trend and Hot Rod magazine – and cast member Elana Scherr muse about what might break, what broke and how badly it broke.
Scherr talked with Summit Motorsports Park recently about “Roadkill,” which airs on Motor Trend’s YouTube channel and Motor Trend On Demand and is featured in the quarterly magazine “Roadkill,” about what to expect at the event. In addition to racing, it will feature camping, bonfires, a drive-in theater, swap meet, giveaways, Hooptie Challenge and more.
Hagan earns third pole of year with Mopar Dodge, gains on Capps; Pritchett’s Papa John’s tune-up warms up to qualify 4th at Norwalk
After a rainy Friday, the following day was fan perfect with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s.
But that combination of weather was not very productive for low elapsed times let along track records that were produced the evening before.
Fortunately for Don Schumacher Racing’s Matt Hagan and the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Powered by Pennzoil tuned by Dickie Venables, no one was able to challenge the record time they set Friday with a run of 3.865 seconds at 333.33 mph that earned Hagan the third pole of the season and 29th of his career.
NORWALK, OH – Five-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., driver of the JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro, knows what it’s like to be successful. In drag racing circles his name can even be used to define success. But there a couple of racetracks where he has not made a visit to the national event winner’s circle, and one of those quarter-miles is up next on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule as the world’s fastest motorsports competes in his home state of Ohio.
Coughlin, a 46-year-old resident of Delaware, Ohio, lives only 90 miles away from Norwalk, site of this weekend’s race. Delaware also is world headquarters of the JEGS Performance empire, which includes a 250,000 square-foot warehouse, retail store, mail order shipping facility, and website founded by Coughlin’s father and drag racing legend Jeg Coughlin, Sr. It’s easy to see why winning in Norwalk is very high on Coughlin’s list of priorities.
Summit Racing Equipment and Summit Motorsports Park have set the date for next year’s Super Summit car show. The annual event will be Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
The announcement comes on the heels of this year’s highly successful Super Summit held in early June at Summit Motorsports Park. The event featured cruise-ins, fun-runs, an autocross course, a cackle fest with cars of the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit, a massive manufacturers’ midway and multiple commanding and car-crushing performances by Larry Swim and his Bigfoot Monster Truck.
All of that, and more, is on tap for next year’s event, which will be the fourth year in a row it has been held at Summit Motorsports Park.