Gallery: Mopar Connection’s “Orange Crush” Dart Hits The Super Summit Show 2018


One of our favorite shows every year to attend is the Super Summit Show that takes place at the Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. The show is two full days and has something for everyone in the family. Besides the pound of ice cream for a dollar, the best part is the show is free for spectators and participants.

The Super Summit Show has taken place for a few years now. It started as a car show that took place at Summit Racing Equipment in Tallmadge, Ohio. It has since grown into a lot larger show and has moved to the Summit Motorsports Park. This year marks Summit Racing Equipment’s 50th anniversary and they did not disappoint.

The show has a ton of action packed into both days. Summit Racing Equipment had over 150 vendors set up for customers to stop by and learn more about their products or potentially discover new ones. Some of our favorite vendors like Flaming River Industries, Coker Tire, Classic Dash, Edelbrock, Proform and many others were there answering questions and showing off their latest and greatest products. Having that many manufactures in one spot for a couple days is not an easy feat but Summit Racing Equipment does a great job.

While exploring the different manufactures at the show, Summit Racing Equipment offers 10-percent discount and free shipping or store pickup on everything in their catalog. Yes, your heard us right, everything in their catalog. If you are planning a build, trying to finish one up or just need some new parts, attending the show could potentially save you some big bucks.

The Show-N-Shine field had everything from daily drivers, restored hot rods and works in progress. There are no restrictions on type of vehicle or year. You can bring anything from motorcycles, rat rods or full rotisserie restored cars and they all get placed together. Seeing the different type of car enthusiasts conversing and appreciating each others projects and builds is a great thing to see. Although we love our Mopars, having a variety of cars and getting a look at what other people are building is pretty cool. Our favorite part was giving some of the enthusiasts a run for their money on the autocross track in Project Orange Crush and our 2013 Charger Daytona. 

Our favorite part and where we spent the majority of the time was running laps around the autocross. There were a few Mopars taking laps around the track but not as many as we took in both of our cars. We had mostly dry weather but Saturday morning was a little wet. The drag strip shut down but a little rain does not stop the autocross it just makes it a bit more interesting. Although you have a little less grip you would be amazed how fast you can still go. We were still breaking in our American Powertrain clutch and had to take it a little easy around the track but we still had a ton of fun. 

If cornering is not your style the fun runs down the drag strip is where you might have been. The majority of participants seemed to enjoy the free runs down the strip. Summit Motorsports park has a large staging area and it was packed the whole weekend. We wanted to make a pass but did not want to sit in line for ever. We will say that out of all the cars we saw running down the strip we noticed that the modern Mopars out numbered anything else. From Ram trucks to Chargers and Challengers, they were making pass after pass until the lanes shut down.

Not everyone wants to go fast and for some slower is better. Mickey Thompson sponsored the off-road obstacle course. We would assume that most of the tucks and Jeeps that went through were four wheel drive but we might have caught a couple rear wheel drive Jeeps trying their luck. There were some big rocks and even a car that you had to climb over. There were some very well built capable off-road rigs that showed up and made the obstacles look easy. Others had their minor modifications and struggled a little more. 

All these events are great to watch but the crowdpleaser seemed to be Big Foot crushing cars. They brought back Big Foot and one of the Big Foot monster trucks to crush cars throughout the weekend. When they were not crushing cars you could get up close and personal with the trucks. We watched many kids and adults sit inside Big Foot’s wheel or stand beside the monstrous tires while getting their picture taken. 

Scott Rods AA/Gassers were on site for viewing and also made a few trips down the track. They were not the only drag strip stars that showed up, Jeff Lutz, (Lutz Race Cars), Ryan Martin (Fireball Camaro), and Chuck (Death Trap) from Street Outlaws were also on site the whole weekend making passes and signing autographs for fans. We got to see Jeff Lutz run a couple of times and Chuck run once but he hit the wall right after leaving the line. He was OK but the car was out of commission for the rest of the weekend. These guys have some incredible cars and they were fast. 

We are probably missing many other events and special guests that showed up for Super Summit Show but there is no way to attend everything that takes place in these two days. We think that Summit Racing Equipment should add on a third day and maybe in the future that will happen but for now we are glad to be apart of this great show once again. We look forward to next year but until then enjoy the gallery of photos and we hope to see you there next year. 

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Gavin Wollenburg

Sales Associate/Contributing Editor – gavin.wollenburg@shawgroupmedia.com Gavin grew up around Mopars in his lakeside home in Ohio, his father showing him nearly everything he needed to know about haulin' some serious rear in his '72 Dart Swinger. Since then, he's made his little A-Body a serious autocross contender and regularly shows the modern boys how an old Dart does it!

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