There have been Super Chevy Shows for almost as long as there has been Super Chevy magazine, and those shows have amassed a huge following over the decades. In that time, the promoters did a fine job growing the series in concert with Super Chevy magazine. For 2010, however, the Super Chevy Shows are under new management-a consortium of some of the biggest and best drag racing venues across the country. Among them are The Strip at Las Vegas, Virginia Motorsports Park, Texas Motorplex, Summit Motorsports Park, Maple Grove Raceway, Houston Raceway Park, Bandimere Speedway, Heartland Park, Bristol Dragway, and Firebird International Raceway. These guys really know how to put on a show because they're in the people-pleasing business. We discovered firsthand just how good the "new and improved" Super Chevy Show was when we caravanned up to the year's first event in Las Vegas this past March 19-21.

Our adventure started with an early morning rendezvous on Friday at Original Parts Group in Seal Beach, California. We toured OPG's vast facility (thanks Gus and Tony!), then gathered with other Super Chevy Show attendees for the cruise to Las Vegas. Since our '75 Laguna had performed so well the previous weekend on the Phoenix trip to the Goodguys show, we once again had the big A-body under us, and it did not disappoint. Our caravan stopped for lunch at the world-famous Peggy Sue's diner in Yermo, Calfifornia, and we made it to The Strip at Las Vegas with plenty of time to spare. Fresh off the highway, we unloaded our junk in the pits, got teched in, and hit the dragstrip with our Laguna. During tech, we observed the tech inspector affix two tech inspection stickers on our Laguna-one for the dragstrip and the other for the bullring circle track. That was pretty funny, considering we never even considered running the circle track, and they just assumed that's what we wanted to do. I guess we sold the NASCAR look pretty hard, and they took the bait.

The following Saturday and Sunday, we bounced between the autocross, the dragstrip, the car show, and the swap meet. Let's just say it was a cornucopia of riches, and we participated in all of it. We ran a best dragstrip e.t. of 12.44/109 (yours truly driving), and a best autocross lap of 39.83 (photog Robert McGaffin behind the wheel). Not bad for a 2-ton tuna boat with street-legal rubber and 35-year-old brakes. (All our highway driving, drag racing, and autocrossing was accomplished on the same set of Nitto NT555R Extreme Drag tires mounted on Bassett D-hole steel wheels at all four corners.) We then loaded up the 'Guna and drove the four hours back home without a hitch. We even knocked down 14 mpg on the highway with our solid-roller 408ci small-block. I guess we'll have to save the bullring for next time.

We have to give the new management of the Super Chevy Shows a big hand of applause for introducing their participants to autocrossing. And it wasn't one of those short autocross courses either-we were seeing speeds of over 60 mph. Many participants got their first exposure to this form of motorsports here in Vegas, and we hope they come back for more. We know we will!