Nothing could stop day 3, the final day of the 2013 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals presented by Chevrolet Performance, from taking place. Regardless of early morning drizzles, the Nationals went off without a hitch. The COMP Cams Engine Duel set a new record; F.A.S.T. Burnout Contest saw more carnage; Miss Summer Nationals brought 13 women to the stage; and the show’s awards were handed out to the Real Street Eliminators, Pro Builder, and others. The Summer Nationals this year may have set a new record with more than 6,000 registered cars, something that everyone in St. Paul, Minnesota should be proud of.
Be sure to read the full recap of days 1, 2, and 3 of the 2013 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals presented by Chevrolet Performance:
COMP Cams Engine Duel
As we hopped onto the bleachers this morning to witness the COMP Cams Engine Duel we were unaware that we’d walked away having witnessed history. On the left side of the tent was Team F.A.S.T., Jim Schmittinger and Jesse Nelson, and on the right side of the tent was Team COMP Cams, Chris and Kyle Root. The father-son team (COMP) dueled with their opponents to see which team could assemble and crank a small-block Chevy. Within 15 minutes of the event starting it became clear Team F.A.S.T. was blowing away the competition. By the 22:32 mark Team F.A.S.T. had finished assemblying and running their engine, shattering the previous record of 25 minutes. Schmittinger and Nelson both won COMP gift cards and a set of Snap On tools.
Linda Vaughn and Courtney Hansen Autograph Session presented by Chevrolet Performance
Once again, those who attended the 2013 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals on Sunday were given the opportunity to meet the lovely Courtney Hansen and Linda Vaughn under the Chevrolet Performance tent. One signing was at 10:30 am and another at 1:30 pm; the tent was packed with people looking to get an autograph and a picture taken with the well-known motorsports ladies. The line overflowed the tent all weekend, wrapping past the display cars and onto the street nearby. We hope you got the chance to meet each celebrity; they were definitely a blast to hang out with.
Chevrolet Performance Awards
Around 3:30 pm the main stage was engulfed by proud, registered participants of the 2013 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals presented by Chevrolet Performance who eagerly awaited the results of the award ceremonies. A number of the awards on day 3 were given out by the Chevrolet Performance team, who chose their favorite Chevys throughout the fairgrounds. Editor-in-chief of CAR CRAFT Magazine, Douglas Glad, called each winner to the stage and presented them with a trophy. A much deserved congratulations to the winners, here is a list of those who won:
- 1st Place – Lorne and Ingrid Plett – ’65 Chevelle
- 2nd Place – Steve Doepke – ’67 Chevy C10 Pickup
- 3rd Place – Ray and Linda Warmuth – ’55 Black Chevy 2-door
Pro Builder Shootout
After many months of spreading the word, the 2013 CAR CRAFT Pro Builders Shootout came to an end today. Our publisher, Ed Zinke, was on stage Sunday afternoon to announce the winner of the Shootout and to present a trophy to the builder who won the award. Each contestant was on stage and answered question about their builds from Zinke, and also talked extensively about the process of completing their projects. After introducing each pro, Zinke then announced the winner – Schwartz Performance – and handed the enormous trophy to Jeff Schwartz himself. We’d like to thank all 5 builders for participating this year: Muscle Car Restoration; Rad Rides by Troy; Lakeside Rods and Rides; Schwartz Performance; and Roadster Shop. We hope to see all of you next year and hopefully more builders as well.
2013 Miss CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals Contest
This year we had the luxury of seeing two Miss CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals competitions; the first was a contest showing off race wear, the second displayed bikinis. Both contests were filled with qualified women, but only two went home with a crown. On day 1, Ashley Cammela, 22, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, took home the win; on Sunday, day 3, Samantha Olmstead, 23, of Elk River, Minnesota was crowned the 2013 Miss CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals. Both women impressed the panel of judges, one with her knee-high boots, and the other in a sparkling bikini. It was great to see so many girls participate this year, it was by far one of the best competitions we’ve had - drawing in well over 500 spectators to the main stage in the late afternoon.
Real Street Eliminator presented by FRAM
The Real Street Eliminator presented by FRAM came to a conclusion today, but not before contestants took a few more passes at the QA1 Autocross and Lucas Dyno Challenge. The launch box also saw tire screeching action as competitors squeezed in last minute attempts. 24 cars and drivers registered for the Real Street Eliminator, but only 3 went home as winners. The contestants were divided into cars into 3 classes: The Corvette Class, Late-Model Class, and Muscle Car Class. Each car needed to compete on the dyno, at the autocross, and in the launch box in order to win. The contest pushed cars and drivers to their limit, gauging the quality of the build and skill level of the driver. Senior Tech Editor, Jeff Smith, presented the awards at the main stage; here is a list of the winners by class:
- Corvette Class – Jeff Smith – ’99 Corvette
- Late-Model Class – Dan Howe ’84 Monte Carlo
- Muscle Car Class – Ryan Buck – ’63 Chevy II
F.A.S.T. Burnout Contest
The day 3 F.A.S.T. Burnout Contest ended the weekend with mostly previous contestants who returned to win and also new opponents that stepped-up to the plate for the first time. Tires were blown, rubber flew in the air, and car parts scattered the infield of the St. Paul Minnesota State Fairgrounds. “Wildchild” was back at it, starting the event and closing it down – doing everything he could to solidify the 1st place trophy, but sadly coming in 2nd. “Wildchild” did place within the top 3 twice this weekend – which is something to be proud of. The winner of Sunday, day 3’s F.A.S.T. Burnout Contest was Jeff Dmytrok of St. Paul, Minnesota and his ’88 Chevy G-20 Topless van. The custom machine runs a stock 350 ci, sports 22-inch rims, has a 22-inch television. The van is known as the “stripper magnet” because of the pole that sticks up from the floor. Dmytrok has been out all weekend burning rubber and pumping up the crowd, he is known for standing on the gas pedal while spinning the tires and encouraging the audience to scream by waving his hands. He not only has showmanship, but a knack for smoking the tires and the determination to stick with what he wants. Congrats, Jeff, on your 1st place trophy.
Overall, the 2013 CARCRAFT Summer Nationals were a huge success. We’d like to thank all those who attended the event, the sponsors, and most of all – our subscribers. Without you this would not be possible. Keep the hobby alive, and we’ll see you next year at the CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals!