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Strong Finish—Muscle machines showed off at the final NMCA Car Show at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park

Posted By: Evan J. Smith

Strong Finish—Muscle machines showed off at the final NMCA Car Show at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park 


Written by Steve Turner

Photography by the FSC staff


As the championship battles waged on the historic Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park racing surface, the competition was fierce nearby as well. Right next to the racetrack, the shiniest Detroit Iron gathered in the shadow of race control. There the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals Car Show Series drew some amazing machines.


The big three were well-represented, and fans could enjoy checking out everything from period-correct pavement pounders to restomodded pony cars and everything in between. Picking the best of the bunch was a challenge for the judges and a delight for the fans.


If you want to check out rides like this in Indy next year, the NMCA World Street Finals returns to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway from Sept. 19-22, 2024, so start making your plans and prepping your project car to enter.



There were several clean classic Camaros on the property, but John Schiavone’s 1969 Camaro, known as The Hitman, took out the competition to earn the Best of Show award in Indy. Powered by a 498-cube big-block topped by Air Flo Research heads and juiced by an NOS Pro Fogger system, it has the muscle to back up its striking good looks. The big-block is backed by a Turbo 400 automatic feeding power to a Strange Fab 9 rearend filled with 4.88 gears. It rolls on Billet Specialties wheels that are just as shiny as the engine.


With scoop towering through its hood, Ron Barker’s 1963 Nova is powered by a Chevy small-block topped by a BDS Roots blower breathing through two Holley four-barrels. Wearing chrome and polish from the valve covers to that scoop, this powerplant scored Best Engine honors in Indy.


Rocking that eye-catching Gasser look, Mike McAllister’s 1955 Chevrolet attracted the attention of the judges for what was on the inside. Fully customized from the bespoke door panels to the Momo steering wheel, it earned the Best Interior at the NMCA World Street Finals Presented by Chevrolet Performance.


Always a standout on the show field, Gary Larkin’s 1969 Camaro is motivated by a Vinson Racing Engines-prepped, 540-cube big-block cranking out a whopping 826 horsepower supported by hardware from the likes of Aeromotive, Holley, and MSD. At Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, however, its finish stood out to nab the Best Body & Paint award.


With its vintage-race-car vibes, Larry Frederick’s 1963 Chevrolet could easily have been just at home on the quarter mile. However, in Indy, it raced away with the Best GM Muscle award.


It wasn’t all Chevys at the NMCA World Street Finals Presented by Chevrolet Performance, as Bob Kemp’s 1968 Dodge Charger R/T represented the Mopar crowd and earned Best Chrysler B-Body honors.


On the Ford side, Mark Krug’s 1983 Mustang gave off low-key vibes from the outside, but under the hood is a different story. His B&M Roots-blown Fox still breathes in through a carburetor and utilizes the factory dual-snorkel inlet path. It muscled its way to the Best Mustang 79-93 accolades.


Dan McMannis’ 2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE is clean and benefits from bolt-ons. That was enough for it to score the Best Late Model award and the Fastest Street Car Editor’s Choice Best Modern award in Indy.


John Bair’s 1964 Fairlane 500 Deluxe is lightly restomodded with Magnum 500-style wheels, a Thunderbolt-style fiberglass hood, a complete CalTracs suspension, and more. Motivated by a 351 Windsor fitted with a hydraulic camshaft, it rumbled away with the Best Falcon/Fairlane/Maverick award.


Not as modified as some of the other classic Camaros on the property, but no less cool, Brad Spires’ 1969 Camaro scored the Directors Choice Conservative award in Indy.


With a 545-cube big-block topped by SCJ heads, breathing through Hillborn injection, and percolating at 12.5:1 compression, Scott Strain’s 1964 Fairlane is sure to grab some attention when it pulls into its show spot. We were smitten enough to bestow it with the Fastest Street Car Editor’s Choice Best Classic award.


Big thanks to the Street Machines Limited club for hosting the show at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.


As the show concluded each day, winners gathered to collect their awards at the NMCA World Street Finals Presented by Chevrolet Performance.

2023 NMCA Indy Car Show Awards Classes
Special Recognition Awards:
1. Duane Burge   Indianapolis, IN   1966 Nova 
2. Dan Geiger   Indianapolis, IN    1968 Camaro
3. Terry Dyson   Indianapolis, IN  1965 Pontiac Bonneville
4. Michael Piersall    Fairland, IN   2014 Mustang
5. Steve Dotson   Brownsburg, IN  2008 Corvette
6. Travis Pfost   Camby, IN  1979 GMC
7. Bob Kemp   Brownsburg, IN  1968 Charger
8. C. Bunton    Franklin, IN  2001 Mustang
9. Aiden Jackson   New Castle, IN   2001 Chevy S-10
10. Brent Wallace   Oxford, IN   1980 Camaro
11. Marion Frey   W. Terre Haute, IN   2011 Corvette
12. Joe Boyden   Indianapolis, IN   1972 Chevy C-10
13. Shane Jeffers   Avon, IN  1968 Camaro
14. Ken Mushen    1970 Chevelle
15. Mark Kistler    Greenwood, IN  1968 Camaro
16. Rich Watkins    Sidney, OH   1982 Firebird
17. Mark Brasel  Danville, IL    1965 Cobra Roadster
18. Eric Fuqua Sr.   Indianapolis, IN  1969 Plymouth Roadrunner
19. Richard & Patricia Faust   Plainfield, IN   1967 Impala
20. David Hedger   Indianapolis, IN   2015 Camaro 
21. Tom Downam   Lafayette, IN   2012 Camaro
22. Kevin Lawson   Avon, IN   1969 Camaro  
23. Chris Nowacki   Indianapolis, IN 2015 Mustang  
24. Greg Cook Indianapolis, IN      1969 Plymouth Roadrunner
25. Richard Lynch    Indianapolis, IN   1965 Nova
Directors Choice Awards:
·   Best GM Muscle
·   Winner: Larry Frederick   Petersburg, IN   1963 Chevrolet
·   Best Ford Muscle
·   Winner: Chris Killion    Indianapolis, IN   1985 Mustang
·   Best Chrysler Muscle 
·   Winner: David Sanders   Avon, IN   1966 Dodge Coronet
·   Best Late Model
·   Winner: Dan McMannis   Greenwood, IN   2018 Chevrolet   
·   Best Street Rod
·   Winner: Ray Parker   Chesterton, IN  1947 Ford
·   Best Traditional Hot Rod
·   Winner: Mike McLemore   Washington, IN  1940 Chevrolet
·   Best Pro Street/Race Car
·   Winner: Gary Larkin   Pittsburg, PA   1969 Camaro
·   Best Truck 
·   Winner: Daryl Nelson   Glen Ellyn, IL   1959 Ford F100  
·   FSC Editors Choice Best Classic
·   Winner: Scott Strain   Indianapolis, IN   1964 Fairlane
·   FSC Editors Choice Best Modern
·   Winner: Dan McMannis   Greenwood, IN   2018 Chevrolet
·   Best Engine
·   Winner: Ron Barker   New Palestine, IN  1963 Nova
·   Best Interior
·   Winner: Mike McAllister    Dale, IN   1955 Chevrolet
·   Best Paint
·   Winner: Mark Rinehart    Plainfield, IN   1955 Chevrolet
·   Directors Choice Conservative
·   Winner: Brad Spires    Avon, IN   1969 Camaro
·   Directors Choice Modified
·   Winner: Mark Rinehart    Plainfield, IN   1955 Chevrolet    
·   Camaro 67-69 
·   Winner: Gary Larkin   Pittsburg, PA   1969 Camaro 
·   Camaro 70-81
·   Winner: Andy Venderwarf     Beecher, IL    1972 Camaro
·   Camaro Gen 5 
·   Winner: David Hedger    Indianapolis, IN   Camaro
·   Firebird All years
·   Winner: Rich Watkins   Sidney, OH   1982 Firebird
·   Nova 62-67
   Winner: Ron Barker    New Palestine, IN    1963 Nova
·   Chevelle All Years
·   Winner: Jim Huber   St.Leon, IN      1969 Chevelle
·   GM G-Body (Monte Carlo/Regal/Grand Prix/Cutlass) 
·   Winner: Bob Hoffman   Sandwich, IL   1987 Buick
·   Corvette 84 – 2019
·   Winner: Gary Ackmann   Avon, IN   2016 Corvette
·   Early Chevrolet Up to 49’
·   Winner: Mike McLemore   Washington, IN  1940 Chevrolet 
·   GM Full Size All Years
·   Winner: Larry Frederick   Petersburg, IN   1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
·   55-56-57 Chevy 
·   Winner: Marvin Disbro   Indianapolis, IN  1955 Chevrolet
·   Full Size Truck All Years 
·   Winner: Leroy Martin   Danville, IN  1951 Chevrolet P/U
·   GM Compact Truck All Years 
·   Winner: Mark Hawk    Shelbyville, IN   1989 S-15
·   Best GM of Show 
·   Winner: Mike McAllister Dale, IN   1955 Chevrolet
·   Mustang 64-78
·   Winner: Angie Bills   Greenwood, IN   1965 Mustang
·   Mustang 79-93
·   Winner: Mark Krug    1983 Mustang
·   Mustang 94-04
·   Winner: Chandler Burton   Franklin, IN  2001 Mustang
·   Falcon, Fairlane, Maverick 
·   Winner: John Bair   Avon, IN   
·   Ford Full Size Cars All Years
·   Winner: Joe Siefker   Greenfield, IN   1964 Galaxie
·   Compact Ford  
·   Winner: Mike Braeger   Punta Gorda, FL   1955 Thunderbird   
·   Open Ford 
·   Winner: Ralph Wilcox    Danville, IN   1932 Ford
·   Best Ford of Show 
·   Winner: Jack Rans    Indianapolis, IN  1963 ½  Galaxie
·   Chrysler B-Body (Road Runner/Coronet/Charger) 
·   Winner: Bob Kemp   Brownsburg, IN   1968 Dodge Charger
·   Chrysler E-Body (Challenger/Barracuda
·   Winner: Charles Tyree    Copley, OH   2010 Challlenger
·   Dodge Truck 
·   Winner: Mike Abston     Kokomo, IN    2020 Jeep
·   Open Chrysler 
·   Winner: Ken Mushen   2010 Dodge Viper
·   Best Chrysler of Show 
·   Winner: Stephen Parrish    Brownsburg, IN    1970 Charger
·   Best Engine 
·   Winner: Ron Barker    New Palestine, IN   1963 Nova
·   Best Interior 
·       Winner: Mike McAllister Dale, IN   1955 Chevrolet    
·   Best Body & Paint 
·       Winner: Gary Larkin   Pittsburg, PA   1969 Camaro   
        Best of Show 
        Winner: John Schiavone    Beecher, IL   1969 Camaro

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