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Corvette & Mopar Club Challenge (
Vette vs. Viper)
February 20, 2005

By:  Patty Poupart

    It is always good to remember that charity is important, even when you are out having fun.  Such was the case when we participated in the Corvette & Mopar Club Challenge at No Problem Raceway on Sunday, February 20, 2005.  This was a charity event, spearheaded by Laddie Roussel, with proceeds being donated to Landon Robert, a very special 5-year old local boy from Belle Rose, LA fighting cancer.  Members of ten area Corvette and Mopar/Dodge/Viper clubs and their families were able to participate in the event.  The participating clubs all made donations which, added to the net event proceeds, made for a total donation of $7,465.26 to the Landon Robert Donation Fund.

    Being members of Greater New Orleans Corvette Club and experienced Grand Bayou Race Series drivers, several of us participated by either leading touring laps, participating in the exhibition road course race, or the head-to-head competition of the drag races.  Patty Poupart led touring laps in the Pouparts’ newly acquired ‘63 Grand Sport Corvette race car.  Mike Poupart led touring laps in their Silver ‘04 Z06 Corvette and participated in the road course exhibition race driving Allan McDonnel’s #44 Viper GTS.  The other 9 participants in the exhibition race to promote the Grand Bayou Race Series and road course racing at NPR, included fellow GNOCC members Johnny Walter, driving the Walters’ Yellow ‘04 Z06 Corvette; John Centanni driving his #96 Super Production/GT1 Corvette; Pete Alimia driving his #93 GTO Corvette; Jose’ Gonzales driving his Black ‘01 Z06 Corvette; and John Hartsock driving his Blue ‘02 Z06 Corvette.  The other 4 drivers, a few of the regulars from the Grand Bayou Race Series who were also involved in the filming of the Dukes of Hazzard movie in and around Louisiana, included Winston Landymore in the #15 Mercury Cougar; Steven Melton in the #21 Corvette, Ralph Wicker in the #24 Corvette; and Byron Rome in the #17 Camaro.

Mary Pat Walter Photo

    Patty called the race over the P.A. system while working the green and checker flags from worker station #10 and Mary Pat Walter took pictures from the same location.  Melton was out of the race early after blowing his motor right after taking the green flag.  It was a pretty good race with some close action, and the spectators seemed to enjoy what they saw. 

    The spectators in the stands were then treated to a special “Dukes of Hazzard” race.  As mentioned, many of the Grand Bayou Race Series drivers and their cars recently took part in the making of the new “Dukes of Hazzard” movie.  The drivers got together and got special permission to use one of the “General Lee” cars from the movie.  There were 6 cars at the start of the race with a late entry onto the track by the General Lee being chased by an Assumption Parish police car.  Of course, as the plot usually goes, the police car spun out during the chase and the General Lee narrowly won the race.  It was all in good fun! 

Patty Poupart Photo

    After the road course was shut down, the track was re-configured and the drag race time trials started.  We got the race cars put away, had some lunch, watched a little drag racing and headed for home.  It had been a long, eventful weekend after having had a full day of racing the day before.  

    We’d like to thank the members of Greater New Orleans Corvette Club, Crescent City Corvette Club, Baton Rouge Corvette Club, Northshore Corvette Club, Cajun Corvette Club, Bayou State Corvette Club, Louisiana Chapter of the National Corvette Restorers Society, Big Easy Mopar Association, Mid South Viper Club, and Prowler Owners Association of Louisiana for their participation and hope that everyone had as good a time as we did.  While generating funds for a worthy, charitable cause, we hope we also generated some interest in the growing road racing action in south Louisiana.  Be sure to look us up at the next Grand Bayou Race Series event at No Problem Raceway on April 10, 2005!

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