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1955 Chevy, Viper and Mitsubishi Evo Stand Out in Ely, Nevada Parade

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K&N Engineering decals and products were on 140 cars from all over the world in Ely, Nevada for the Silver State Classic Challenge. It is an Open Road Racing event that is run on Nevada State Route 318, a 90 mile stretch which is closed to the public from 5 am on race day until at least 4 pm.

K&N 1955 Chevy and K&N Viper lead the Parade of Cars in Ely, Nevada K&N 1955 Chevy and K&N Viper lead the Parade of Cars in Ely, Nevada GearZ TV host Stacey David in the K&N 1955 Chevy
GearZ TV host Stacey David in the K&N 1955 Chevy
This was the 21st anniversary of the Silver State Classic Challenge and the high desert was hot and dry. The Silver State Classic Challenge is also known as the Nevada Open Road Challenge. The schedule of events took place from May 15th through May 18th.
K&N Evo at registration before the Silver State Classic Challenge High Noon Shootout
K&N Evo at registration before the Silver State Classic Challenge High Noon Shootout
Steve Waldman crosses the finish line in the Open Road Racing event at the Silver State Classic Challenge
Steve Waldman crosses the finish line in the Open Road Racing event at the Silver State Classic Challenge

“K&N was one of our first major sponsors,” said Steve Waldman, president and chairman of the Silver State Classic Challenge. “This is the fastest road race in the world and K&N recognized it as a unique event.”

K&N Engineering’s Chairman of the Board Jerry Mall took 2nd place in the Speed-Stop Z2Z Challenge on Hwy 490. He raced the K&N Viper in the High Noon Shootout and in the Silver State Classic Challenge Open Road Race 150 class.

Stacey David of GearZ TV also drove the K&N Evo in the High Noon Shootout. David was invited by K&N to participate in the race. He is working on a segment for his television show which will air on SPEED-TV. The High Noon Shootout is a pure speed event, where Touring and Grand Touring cars have half a mile to accelerate to the highest possible speed, and Grand Sports cars have a one mile straight.

Mall and David were also Grand Marshalls of the Parade of Cars event through town. Everyone gathered at White Pine High School and Mall led the parade with the K&N Viper right next to the K&N 1955 Chevy with Stacey David at the wheel. People lined the streets to watch the Vipers, Corvettes and other types of vehicles drive through town.

“Ely is a cool place and this is a cool event,” said Stacey David. “K&N is everywhere out here. I was happy to drive the 1955 Chevy as Grand Marshall with Jerry, and it was really great to drive the K&N Evo in the High Noon Shootout.”

On race day, K&N’s Jerry Mall drove his Viper in the 150 class. He had engine problems and could not finish the race. “My safety equipment did its job,” he said. “I’m lucky.”

Overall, the Silver State Classic Challenge is a great event for Ely. In 21 years, the event has generated millions in revenue.

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