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Can't-Miss Summer Events

By The CC Staff, Photography by PPC Archives

Davis' Don't-Miss Delights

1.Bonneville Speed Week
The top-end, pedal-to-the-metal record meet is enough to satisfy anyone's need for speed. Contact: SCTA, 805/526-1805, www.scta-bni.org

2. Reno National Air Races
The heck with 800ci engines. How 'bout 2,800ci engines? Nevermind the 320-mph barrier, get ready for the 450-plus-mph barrier. Contact: Reno Air Racing Association, P.O. Box 1429, Reno, NV 89505, 702/972-6663, www.airrace.org

3. Silver State Classic Challenge
Average Joes turn fantasy into reality racing their street-registered cars down a 97-mile stretch of temporarily blocked-off Nevada highway. Contact: Silver State Classic Challenge, P.O. Box 420, Ely, NV 89505, 702/289-6267, www.phenry.com/sscc/index.html

4. SAE Congress, Detroit
America's leading automotive engineers gather at the Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) annual Congress in Detroit, Michigan's, Cobo Center. It's a non-stop week of tech presentations, panel discussions, seminars, tours, and food (for the brain and stomach). Contact: SAE World Headquarters, 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale, PA 15096, www.sae.org/CONGRESS/index.htm

5. SCCA Solo II (Autocross)
Usually held at Forbes Field in Salina, Kansas, the annual Nationals bring together the best regional competitors for a closely fought showdown. Contact: SCCA, Dept. CC, 9033 E. Easter Pl., Englewood, CO 80112, 303/694-7222, www.scca.org/amateur/solo2/index.html

6. Hot Rod Power Tour
See the USA in your Chevrolet (or Ford, or Mopar). This annual event is a neat way to cruise your street machine across this beautiful country with like-minded fellow car crafters. Contract: Petersen Special Events, 323/782-2831, www.petersenevents.com/touring_events/te_f.html

7. Ice Racing
Gaining in popularity across America's ice-belt and up through Canada, competitors race on frozen lakes with either standard rubber or studded tires, depending on the local rules and class. Contact: Motorsport Club of Ottawa, Dept. CC, P.O. Box 65006, Merivale Post Office, Nepean, Ontario K26 5Y3, Canada, www.mco.org./info/iceinfo.htm

8. Wheels & Wings
Once a year, Motorbooks/Zenith Aviation Books throws a giant air show/car show open-warehouse get-together. Browse the 8,000-title warehouse, pour through the 50-percent-off Big Tent, see over 700 collector cars, display your own car, check out Osceola's community fair, attend a tractor pull, and look at vintage aircraft on display at the airport. Contact MBI Publishing, Dept. CC, P.O. Box 1, Osceola, WI 54020, 800/826-6600, www.motorbooks.com/show.htm

9. SCCA Michelin PRO Rally Series
"Real cars...real roads...real fast!" SCCA's Pro Rally series runs flat-out races over closed sections of rural roads with modified production vehicles. "Spectator stages" at virtually every National event allow bystanders to watch the cars, and no admission is charged. Contact: SCCA, Dept. CC, 9033 E. Easter Pl., Englewood, CO 80112, 303/694-7222, www.scca.org/amateur/prorally/index.html

10.'98 Syclone-Typhoon Nationals
Full disclosure: I own a Syclone, so I'm a biased booster. This is the largest gathering of Syclones, Typhoons, and Sonoma GTs ever. Contact: Syclone/Typhoon Association, Dept. CC, 901 E. 10th Ave., Bay 22, Hialeah, FL 33010, 954/450-3083, http://members.aol.com/sytynats98/index.html

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