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September
FEATURE CAR
Tom Hopkins
1957 Corvette
Dallas, Texas
 

Tom's Corvette has provided him a lifetime of enjoyment.  Read all about this unique Corvette and where it's been!

Tom Hopkins has had this 1957 Corvette in his life for 52 of his 68 years.  Him and this Vette have enjoyed a fantastic time together, taking each other places they never dreamed of. 

It was 1967 when Tom and his father placed an ad in the Dallas paper searching for a Corvette.  From that effort this 10 year old Corvette caught Tomís eye and for $550 Tom began a love affair that has now lasted 52 years.  Tom drove his Vette through high school and college while attending SMU (he attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas where his Dad also graduated with none other than Carroll Shelby in 1940!).   The í57 Vette was Tomís primary transportation for years. 

In the late 70ís, Tom decided to see what kind of fun he could have with his Vette on the race track.  He took it out to Green Valley Raceway on the drag strip a few times, and spent even more time running road races at the fabled old race track that closed in the early 80ís that was located near N Richland Hills.  It was in 1984 that Tom really took a leap and after getting certified and making some upgrades to the old Vette, he shipped the car to the Bahamas for the first Grand Bahama Vintage Speed Week.  The Vette was loaded on a ship along with many other vintage racers and big rigs in Miami and shipped to the Bahamas.  More than 125 vintage racers took part in the revival of the old Bahamas Speed Week that took place from 1954 to 1966 when winning racers included Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, AJ Foyt, Roger Penske, Mark Donohue among others.  This first revival event in 1984 had the likes of George Follmer, Augie Pabst, cars like a í57 Scarab, Ferraris, Porsches, Grand Sport Corvettes and Jaguars.  And a guy from Dallas with a í57 Vette named Tom Hopkins.  It was an adventure of a lifetime and while Tom didnít win in his class (Group 3), it was worth every bit it took to prepare the car and get it and himself there to compete.  One interesting note about this event, Tomís starter went out after getting to the Bahamas, so  with a trip down to the local NAPA store he found in stock a rebuilt starter for his Vette that came from the NAPA distribution center in Mesquite!

If that was not enough, the same year (1984) the Dallas Grand Prix took place featuring the Formula 1 circuit as the headliner at Fair Park.  Tom entered his trusty Vette in the vintage class at this event and competed on the same course as some of the most skilled drivers in racing.  Tom would race several more times in Dallas Grand Prix events, and in 1988 the Dallas Times Herald did a write up about Tom and the actor/racer Paul Newman comparing the big buck guy and the low buck guy!  Newman (the high buck guy) arrived with rigs, crew and the finest racing equipment, while Tom drove his racer from his house in Pleasant Grove over to Fair Park each day to compete!

Since those fun and fast days, Tom's Vette got put back in it's 'Street Trim', putting the original wheels and tires on, yanking out the roll bar among other things.  Tom has worked on and restored many cars for customers in the past.  Old Cadillacs, Porsches, vintage T Birds, Studebakers to name a few (he even has a '51 Studebaker Convertible sitting waiting for him to build!).  It was just in the past few years that Tom went back to the Vette to 'bring it back'.  He doesn't drive it a lot but when he does he still gets that thrill like he had in the past.  With a 283 bored to a 301, 11.5 pistons, 4 speed and a 4:56 rear end, he can get to where he needs to go quickly, but nowadays he takes it at a slower pace. 

Tom learned about the club by accident as club member Rodney Nevils who worked as patrol for the Dallas Police Department close to Tom's home came upon him one day.  Rodney, also the owner of a '56 Corvette told Tom about the club and eventually Tom made it out to a club event and joined.  We hope to see more of Tom and his first love at upcoming events!  

 

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2019 Feature Cars

January
Steven Mensik

1957 Panel Truck

February
Mark Lambrecht
1955 Bel Air Hardtop

March
John Gibson
1956 Nomad

April
Robin Collord
1957 Nomad

May
Mike Nelson
1955 Bel Air Sedan

June
Dennis Fletcher
1957 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Rico Padilla
1957 Bel Air Drag Car

August
Tom Turner
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Tom Hopkins
1957 Corvette

October

November

December

 

2018 Feature Cars


January
Duffy Oyster
1957 Convertible

 


February
Andy Kuchta
1955 Pickup

 

March
Steven Mensik
1957 Convertible

April
Duffy Oyster
1957 Bel Air Hardtop

May
Bobby Bonds
1955 210 Sedan

June
Kevin Sears
1955 Bel Air Sedan

July
Matt Heit
1956 Bel Air Sedan

August
Ken Horton
1957 Bel Air Hardtop

September
David Graves
1956 Corvette

October
Don Beck
1955 Bel Air Hardtop

November
Robin Collord
1955 Nomad

December
Clint Davis
1955 2nd Series Pickup

 

2017 Feature Cars

January
Larry Myers

'57 Nomad

February
David Hudson
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

March
Diane Bray
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

April
Dale Maddox
'56 Nomad

May
Terry Adams
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

June
Al Burgess
'56 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Joey Truelove
'56 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Duffy Oyster
'55 Bel Air Convertible

September
Roy Bilberry
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Dale Maddox
'56 Nomad

November
Johnny Gentry
'57 Pickup

December
Dennis Fletcher
'55 210 Sedan

 

2016 Feature Cars

January
John Green

'55 Bel Air Sedan

February
Dennis Gormley
'56 Nomad

March
Ken Burton
'56 Bel Air Sedan

April
Joe Angelini
'55 Bel Air Sedan

May
John Gibson
'56 Bel Air Sedan

June
Keith Brogdon
'55 Bel Air Sedan

July
No Feature Car

August
Mike D'Uva
'55 Nomad

September
Charles Haley
'57 Bel Air Sedan

October
John Yoby
'55 210 Sedan

November
Duffy Oyster
'55 Convertible

December
Ed Giolma
'57 Nomad

 

2015 Feature Cars

January
Al Thomson

'57 Convertible

February
Gunnar Grove
'55 Handyman Wagon

March
Carl Mitcham
'57 Convertible

April
Rico Padilla
'57 Bel Air

May
Bobby Wallace
'56 Bel Air

June
Donna Johnson
'57 Convertible

July
Jody Stiff
'55 Bel Air

August
Bill Preston
'57 Corvette

September
Ronnie Ruyle
'56 210 2dr Sedan

October
Patrick Briney
'55 Bel Air 2dr Sedan

November
Marvin Johnson
'55 Bel Air 2dr Hardtop

December
James Lair
'57 150 Sedan

 

2014 Feature Cars

January
Marvin Johnson

'57 Nomad

February
Gina Cammarata
'57 Be Air

March
Joe Angelini
'55 Handyman

April
Jack Stewart
'55 Convertible

May
Marvin Johnson
'57 Bel Air

June
Jac Broussard
'57 Bel Air

July
Terry Sealock
'57 Nomad

August
Bill Lewis
'56 Deluxe Pickup

September
Tom Entrekin
'56 Corvette

October
Donna Thomson
'56 Convertible

November
Mike Reeves
'56 Nomad

December
Jim Baughan
'55 Convertible

 
2013 Feature Cars

January
Don Andre
'57 Bel Air 2dr Hardtop

February
Don Sebert
'56 Corvette

March
Mike Dodson
'56 210 2dr Sedan

April
Dennis Gormley
'55 210 Sedan Drag Racer

May
Sharkey Nelson
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

June
AJ Pilie
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Joe Harrington
'56 Pickup

August
Jim Gary
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Kenneth Taylor
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Don Howard
'56 210 2dr Sedan

November
Tommy Sims
'55 210 2 Dr Sedan

December
Leroyce Jones
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2012 Feature Cars

January
Tom Walker
'56 Sedan Delivery

February
Don Mullins
'57 150 2dr Sedan

March
John Rogers
'56 Nomad

April
Jim Leinart
'55 210 Sedan

May
James Carter
'57 Bel Air

June
Rob Bryngelson
'57 210 Sedan

July
Mike Jones
'55 Bel Air Sedan

August
Jon Ellison
'57 Pickup

September
Jim Leinart
'55 210 Sedan

October
Ken Dobbs
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

November
Rich Purvis
'55 Nomad

December
Philip Romo
'55 Bel Air Sedan

 

2011 Feature Cars

January
Andy Salinas
'56 Bel Air

February
Scott Hengemuhle
'57 Bel Air

March
Joe Mason
'57 210

April
Mike Reeves
'57 Convertible

May
Josh Hart
'55 Bel Air

June
Ed Robertson
'55 Nomad

July
James Sparrow
'56 Bel Air

August
Mike Russell
'56 210

September
Top 5 Lone Star Picks

October
Jim Leinart
'55 Bel Air

November
David Sherman
'55 Nomad

December
Michael Brown
'57 Convertible

 

2010 Feature Cars

January
Larry Freeman

'56 Convertible

February
Michael Brown
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

March
Ray Langford
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

April
Billy Walker
'55 Drag Racer

May
Terry Sealock
'57 Convertbile

June
Carl Soeffker
'55 Pedal Car

July
Tom McGee
'55 Bel Air Sedan

August
Scott Hengemuhle
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Bryan Greenfield
'56 210 Sedan

October
Larry Rogers
'57 210 Sedan

November
Mike Bresler
'55 210 Sedan

December
Terry Hitch
'57 Nomad

 

2009 Feature Cars

January
Doug Pedersen

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

February
Bennie Zimmerman

'57 Cameo Pickup

March
Ralph Sandlin

'57 210 Wagon

April
Bob Caruth

'56 Bel Air Hardtop

May
Glen South
'57 210 Sedan

June
Brian Sherwood
'55 1st Series 3100 Pickup

July
James Carson
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Marvin Cowden
'55 Bel Air Sedan

September
Loren Baxter
'56 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Mark Baker
'55 210 Sedan

November
Michael Brown
'57 Corvette

December
Geoff Clark
'55 Handyman Wagon

 

2008 Feature Cars

January
Debbie Guido

'57 Bel Air Sedan

February
Tim Page

'57 Bel Air Station Wagon

March
Greg Strader

'55 Bel Air Sedan

April
Stu Jacobs

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

May
Terry Box

'55 Bel Air Sedan

June
Rex Buzan

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Joe Sanders

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Mike Dodson

'56 Nomad

September
Irv Engelbrecht

'55 210 Sedan

October
Bill Raley

'56 Pickup

November
Bob Brandenburg

'57 Bel Air Sedan

December
Tommy Simmons

'57 210 9 Pass Beauville Wagon

 

2007 Feature Cars

January
Lorenzo Castillo
'55 210 Sedan

February
Phil Haynes

'57 150 Sedan

March
Joe Ortega

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

April
Robert Black

'55 Sedan

May
Ben Weehunt

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

June
Jim Sellstrom

'55 Bel Air Sedan

July
Bob Smolik

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Mike Reeves

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Larry Epperson

'57 Bel Air 4dr Hdtp

October
Mike Cook

'55 Convertible

November
Don Clark

'56 Nomad

December
James Carter

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2006 Feature Cars

January
Jim Conkle
'55 Bel Air Sedan

February
Nick Roppollo
'56 Bel Air Sedan

March
Dennis Gormley
'55 210 Sedan

April
George Caruth

'57 Sedan Delivery

May
Bob Vaughan

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

June
Doyle Irick

'57 Cameo Pickup

July
Mark Lamkin

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Ralph Ellis

'57 Convertible

September
Chuck Rader

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Dan Bunch

'57 Bel Air Sedan

November
Frank Makarauskas

'57 210 Sedan

December
Carl Mitcham

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2005 Feature Cars
January
John Rush
'56 210 Sedan
February
Sharkey Nelson
'57 Limo
March
Joe Gaikoski
'56 Convertible
April
Dean Schmidt
'57 Bel Air Hardtop
May
Lewis Reynolds
'55 210 Sedan
June
Tom Walker
'57 Bel Air Hardtop
July
George Johnson
'56 Nomad
August
Sonny Poteet
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
September
Alan Strong
'57 150 Sedan
October
Rodney Nevils
'56 Corvette
November
Tom Blackburn
'57 Bel Air Hardtop
December
Dennis Lind
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2004 Feature Cars
January - none February - none March - none April
Steve Pratt
'55 Bel Air Sedan
May
Larry Rollow
'57 210 Sedan
June
Marvin Johnson
'56 Bel Air Hardtop
July
Kevin Brown
'56 210 Sedan
August
David Graves
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
September
BJ Bucher
'57 150 Sedan
October
Greg Hedum
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
November
Bill Preston
56 Nomad
December
Ron Davis
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

 

 


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