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3rd Annual First-Gen Monte Carlo Takeover

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*Not an official FGMCC Event.

The dates for the 3rd Annual First-Gen Monte Carlo Takeover at Summit Motorsports Park’s 23rd Annual Blue Suede Cruise, have been set for next year - July 26-28, 2023. Bill Bader has already agreed to provide us the same location near the grand stands for next year. This is a prime location in regards to fun runs and watching the races from the stands.

Saturday, July 27th will be the main day for the First-Gen Monte Carlo Takeover. The show schedule has not been announced but generally, gates open at 7:00 AM and fun runs directly after. Then again toward 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM. Last year, nearly all the Montes went down the track for a photo-opportunity, but there’s no pressure and plenty to do if you do not chose to race.
To ensure ample space for those attending the Takeover, please register by completing this form:
Registration update:
13 have already registered for '24, Link TBD
A few Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is the First-Gen Monte Carlo Takeover?
A. The First-Gen Monte Carlo Takeover started in 2022 as a large group of 1970-72 Monte Carlo enthusiasts converging on one of the premier muscler-car events of the summer - The Blue Suede Cruise at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH. The track owner has graciously allocated our group a space to park together, which is greatly appreciated.
Q. What is the Blue Suede Cruise?
A. Thousands of classic cars from ‘78 and earlier attend the annual Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Blue Suede Cruise presented by Cometic Gasket at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH. In addition to a very colorful and chrome-filled car show, fun-runs and Nostalgia Drag Racing League competition, there will be an autocross, a manufacturers midway, a concert by Phil Dirt and the Dozers, fireworks and more.
Q. Is there an additional charge for the First-Gen Monte Carlo Takeover?
A. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. There is no additional fee for attending the First-Gen Monte Carlo Takeover, and by registering early for the “Takeover,” you will be eligible to purchase a discounted Blue Suede Cruise Car Show ticket.
Q. How many First-Gen Monte Carlos will attend the First-Gen Monte Carlo Takeover?
A. The numbers from the previous years...
2022 - 18
2023 - 38
Notable highlights from the 2nd Annual First-Gen Monte Carlo Takeover:
Saturday saw 37 First-Gen Montes attend the Takeover (plus two more that had no idea of the event). We had at least 3 Monte Carlo SSs attend.
Long Distance:
Brad Austin trailered his Black 454-powered '70 nearly 500 miles from Opdyke, IL, while Adolfo Rodriguez drove his Autumn Gold 396 small block powered '70 nearly 300 miles from Holland, MI. Honorable mentions: Steve Griffith drove his highly customized '72 about 250 miles from Pendleton, IN. Those traveling 200 miles or more: Gary Hull, Steve Playter, Rich Carter, Mike Lovegrove, and Jack Makowski.
Racing: Erik Kuderick's green, 582-powereed, alcohol sipping '72 blasted to an 8.99 @ 150 mph and took the honors as the quickest and fastest First-Gen at the Takeover. Jim Cherol's gold, 572-powered '70 Monte took similar the honors for Montes driven to the track (2hrs).
We didn't have classes or pick a winner, but there were a couple in the group which stood out.
Hope to see you and your First-Gen Monte Carlo next year.
Best Regards,
Summit Motorsports Park is at 1300 State Route 18, Norwalk, Ohio. For more information, visit summitmotorsportspark.com or call 419-668-5555
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On 12/12/2023 at 5:39 PM, Rob Peters said:

Thanks for sharing.  Would have been better and more entertaining

if it was actually a video and not a compilation of single shots.


You mean like this playlist?

There are 21 videos here:


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52 Registered as of 12/30/2023



Well “Overdrive “. Might just appear that some of those monties could use a slap shifter before they head back to the track.

It's not every day you get the chance to collect a few photos of your First Gen Monte Carlo on a dragstrip, let alone what is probably one of the most premier tracks in the country. There were several who went down the track who weren't there to set a PB, but to collect memories (which they did).


Anyhow, here's a video Rich Carter shot at the 2023 Takeover - it's in the playlist shared above.


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Monte Carlo #56 Registered this week, his car is pretty recognizable. 

I know I'm hoping to line up with him - somebody please take my camera and get a few shots while he's still in frame 🤣

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That is truly a Bad [censored] ride !!

Would absolutely love cruising around and then hitting the track with this MONSTER !!


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