One of the highlights of the annual Corvettes at Carlisle show is the burnout contest held on Friday afternoon. After a long day at looking at beautiful Corvettes parked across the Corvette America FunField, it seems owners love to have a seat in the grandstands and watch someone absolutely thrash their car in a brutal test of man and machine.
Stepping up to the plate and winning the King of Hill contest was John Marshall and his highly modified 1972 Corvette Coupe. When a man thanks his ?crew chief?, you know he’s a serious contender.
We spoke to Marshall about his Corvette and he said the car was his dream car after building a model of it when he was 14 years old. Now his motivation is only to please the crowd and maybe win a plaque and a t-shirt, as well as buying a new set of tires he?ll need after the contest.
Pulling in to pit, the announcer commented to John that he had a nice car. John replied ?It’s my mothers!? Everyone in the grandstands laughed and John added ?She’s from Pasadena!?. As Marshall readied his Corvette inside the confines of the burnout area, the DJ put on the Beach Boy’s ?Little Old Lady from Pasadena?. The audience only heard the first line of the song and then the exhaust opened up on that huge supercharged V8 and it was quite possibly the loudest sound we ever heard.
It took two tries and on his second attempt, the line lock kicked in and John was able to generate some serious smoke from his BF Goodrich Radial T/As. Combine that smoke with the loudest V8 we ever heard and you have a winning burnout that seemed to last an eternity.
So without further ado, here is John Marshall and his monster 1972 Corvette at the Corvettes at Carlisle burnout contest:
Leaving the grounds about an hour after the contest, I just happened to be in the car in front of John as we were slowly making our way to the exits. All along the road, people were stopping to congratulate him and his Blue ?72.
Mission accomplished, John!
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